Bitter Lemon Soda


This bitter lemon drink 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!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 2 sprigs fresh lavender

  • 3 cups lemon juice

  • 4 cups ice cubes, or as needed

  • 1 (11 fluid ounce) bottle cold tonic water, or more as needed


  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 the 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. Pour about 2 ounces concentrate into each glass; top with tonic water and stir.


The lavender is nice, but it is not required. This is also good with mint, basil, and even rosemary instead of lavender. You can also use this with a light beer to create a delicious shandy.

Take your gin and tonic to a whole new level by using limes instead of lemons; the possibilities are endless.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

122 Calories
33g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 122
% Daily Value *
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 28mg 142%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Potassium 77mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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