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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

122 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 32.8g 11% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 5mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2017
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/12/2020
As a sweet lemon soda, sure. But there's literally nothing bitter in this recipe, so it's badly misnamed. Read More
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2017
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2017
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). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2020
This is by no means a BITTER. This is simply a mislabelled recipe for Italian lemonade. It needs quinine! Two ways to go about it - instead of water and sugar pour quality tonic water, Schweppes, White Rock, Canada dry, or the more upscale Qtonic or Fever tree. Measure out the sugar proportionately based on tonic water sugar content. You can also buy tonic concentrate and add sparkling water of your choice, in my case Perrier. You can also go with non-carbonated water if you prefer non-sparkling. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2020
Rave reviews whenever I serve this to family and friends. I am growing lavender this year and can't wait to add it to my favorite warm weather beverage. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/12/2020
As a sweet lemon soda, sure. But there's literally nothing bitter in this recipe, so it's badly misnamed. Read More