Bitter lemon

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Schweppes Bitter Lemon. Vintage bottle shown.

Bitter lemon is a carbonated soft drink flavoured with quinine and lemon.

The signature bitter taste is produced by a combination of quinine and lemon pith used in manufacturing the drink. The principal difference between tonic water and bitter lemon is the addition of lemon juice, pith, and peel. 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]

In South Africa the beverage is branded as Dry Lemon.


Schweppes cans


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  • Krest



United States[edit]

  • Polar Beverages[5]
  • Fever Tree[6]

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". Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  3. ^ "History of our Brands - Beverages". Cadbury. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
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  5. ^ "Products - Mixers - Bitter Lemon". Polar Beverages. Archived from the original on 2008-09-27.
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