Schweppes Bitter Lemon. Vintage bottle shown.

Bitter lemon is a bitter lemon flavoured soft drink. Its signature taste is a result of inherently bitter lemon pith being reinforced by the bitter alkaloid quinine.

The principal difference between tonic water and bitter lemon is the lemon juice, pith, and peel. The juice adds sour, offset by additional sweetener, and the oily peel fragrance.

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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  • Teem
  • Limca


  • StrangeLove

United StatesEdit

  • Polar Beverages[6]
  • Fever Tree[7]

See alsoEdit


  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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  6. ^ "Products - Mixers - Bitter Lemon". Polar Beverages. Archived from the original on 2008-09-27.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-06-14. Retrieved 2018-02-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)