Bitter lemon

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For the autobiography by Lawrence Durrell, see Bitter Lemons.
Schweppes Bitter Lemon

Bitter lemon (Dry Lemon in South Africa) is a carbonated soft drink flavoured with quinine and lemon.

The signature bitter taste is produced by a combination of the quinine and the lemon pith used in manufacturing the drink. The principal difference between tonic water and bitter lemon is the addition of lemon juice and rind. Bitter lemon is drunk both by itself and as a mixer, and is sold across the world.[1]

The generic bitter lemon drink dates back to 1834.[2] Schweppes introduced its brand of bitter lemon in 1957.[3]



  • Cunnington Lemon


  • Canada Dry
  • Grand Prix (Dominion Stores, discontinued circa 1975)



  • Krest
  • Schweppes


  • Schweppes

United Kingdom[edit]

  • Fever-Tree
  • Schweppes

United States[edit]

  • Polar Beverages[4]


  • Schweppes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Schweppes Bitter Lemon - top-selling mixer from England to Australia - makes its debut in Montreal". The Montreal Gazette. 17 June 1963. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Original Bitter Lemon". Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "History of our Brands - Beverages". Cadbury. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Polar Beverages (ed.). "Products - Mixers - Bitter Lemon".