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Bitter Lemon Soda


"This is very much like Krest® Bitter Lemon (found in Africa) or Schweppes® Bitter Lemon (found in Europe). Unfortunately there is nothing comparable found in the USA, but this comes pretty darn close! This is the perfect thirst quencher for a blistering hot day!"
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1 h 30 m servings 122 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings

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  1. Combine sugar, water, lemon zest, and lavender in a pot and cover; bring to a boil. Cook mixture until sugar is dissolved, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and cool syrup to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  2. Pour lemon juice into a pitcher, strain syrup into lemon juice, and stir until concentrate is evenly mixed. Refrigerate concentrate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
  3. Fill serving glasses with ice and pour about 2 ounces concentrate into each glass; top with tonic water and stir.


  • Cook's Note:
  • The lavender is nice, but it is not required.
  • Take your gin and tonic to a whole new level by using limes instead of lemons, wow! The possibilities are endless!
  • This is also good with mint, basil, and even rosemary instead of the lavender. You can also use this with a light beer to create a delicious shandy!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 122 calories; 0 g fat; 32.8 g carbohydrates; 0.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 8 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I ended up using mint instead of lavender, and it turned out tartly refreshing! I'll definitely make it again (or at least use the syrup as a base for some lemonade).

The lavendar came a day later and I added a touch. It's very good. I'll continue to experiment with it. It's much better than regular G&T 'S BUT NOT QUITE THE BITTER LEMON EXPERIENCE YET.