Lemon, Lime And Bitters

My friend Kim lives in Perth and I have been very fortunate to have been able to visit her to see where she lives. The first time I was there she drank lemon, lime and bitters, which I had never heard of before. I love the name of the drink but not having ever tasted it as it has sucrose, I had to use my imagination to create something at home. Traditionally this is a drink made with lemonade, lime cordial and Angostura bitters. I love bitters in my gin and tonics, and even just in plain soda water as a refreshing change to what I drink. Being on a cordial kick at present I decided to make a cordial using the ingredients as suggested by the name lemon, lime and bitters, rather than what the drink should be made of. The result was the most addictive cordial I have ever tasted. I mixed it into my water bottle at a ratio far higher than what I normally would do, and I could not get enough! It is sweet and tangy and very syrupy. I am looking forward to summer weather, and using this to flavour an ice cold G&T.

Lemon, Lime And Bitters
Lemon, Lime And Bitters


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5 from 2 votes

Lemon, Lime And Bitters

This cordial mix is so amazing, you will find any excuse to have a drink to use it.
Recipe Category: Drinks
Makes enough for: 1 batch bitters
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • fructose, weight to be determined by juice
  • 10 dashes Angostura bitters, or more to taste


  • Juice the lemon and lime into a measuring jug and make a note of the mls
  • Place into a saucepan
  • Weigh the fructose to be the same as the juice (i.e. if the juice measures 100mls you need 100g sugar)
  • Add to the juice and place the saucepan on a high heat
  • Stir to dissolve and then bring to the boil
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and add the zest
  • Leave to cool
  • Add the bitters and stir
  • Place into a sterilized glass bottle
  • Store in the fridge
  • Strain into a glass with water or soda water, adding enough for your taste buds, I like mine strong


Reduce the sugar by 10% if you don't want it sweet.
This makes a very syrupy cordial.
See this post on how I sterilize my glass jars.

Click on the links for conversions and notes.

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31 thoughts on “Lemon, Lime And Bitters

  1. 5 stars
    Mmm, I love Lemon Lime and Bitters!! I never had it until I visited in New Zealand, and now that I’m in Oz, I’m smitten. I’d love to try my hand at making it at home. 🙂

  2. Anything with lemon or lime in it wins over my heart! Just love those flavors. Can only imagine this drink is amazing for that reason. Have a lovely week!

  3. 5 stars
    I think this might be a great drink mix I try out on my girlfriends when we get together on Black Friday. Very nice

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