Lemon Lime & Bitters Recipe

by Mama Loves A Drink

This is a classic Aussie favourite concoction, perfect for those looking for a very light (though note, not always low-cal!) refreshment. It has a very low alcohol content putting it on the verge between being an alcoholic cocktail and a mocktail. It is super simple to make and only requires one crucial ingredient to hand for that perfect result – Angostura Bitters.

Angostura Bitters is a herbal concentrate made with gentian (a flowering plant), herbs and spices. It is made by House of Angostura in Trinidad and Tobago, though it’s origins date to the town of Angostura (now Ciudad Bolivar) in Venezuela. Originally produced for medicinal purposes, the recipe behind Angostura Bitters still remains a mystery handed down through the generations, but it has become a popular mixer with other heavier spirits such as gin, vodka and whiskey.

For our recipe today though, we are looking at “bitters” in its simplest form and how you can recreate this pub favourite at home. We have tagged it to both our mocktails and cocktails as the alcohol really is minute, but exists so we want to make sure you’re not caught out unaware if you’re on a strictly no alcohol diet.

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a glass of lemon lime and bitters with straw and umbrella

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Tools you will need for making a Lemon Lime & bitters

  • Citrus juicer
  • Ice cubes
  • Cocktail stirrer
  • High ball glasses
  • Paper straws

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Yield: 1 serve

Lemon, Lime Bitters

lemon lime and angostura bitters in a cockatial glass with straw and umbrella

This simple and delicious recipe is a low alcohol mixer perfect for a refreshing summer sip. There are plenty of variations you can try to suit preferences in the notes below.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 6- 8 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 180ml Lemon-lime soda (or lemonade)
  • 1 Fresh Lime (or 15ml lime cordial)
  • Sliced lemon or lime for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  1. Fill glass with ice
  2. Pour lime juice and lemonade into a glass and stir lightly
  3. Add dashes of bitters to the top
  4. Garnish with a lemon or lime slice/wedge and serve with a straw so the drinker can mix the bitters to their preference


There is no 'one way' to make Lemon Lime and Bitters so you will find plenty of variations. Some use a pre-mixed lime cordial (squash) rather than fussing with freshly squeezed lime.

Some prefer the bitters to be coated around the glass rather than floating it on top as we have described which will give the finished drink a much pinker appearance, rather than a deeper red top. As always cocktails are personal and we encourage you to be creative and make it the way YOU like it!

You can also make Lemon Lime Bitters in party jug format, simply increase your quantities.

Mama Loves A Drink advocates quality over quantity. Always drink responsibly!

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