Gin with Housemade Bitter Lemon and Soda

IngredientsBeverage Alcohol, Fruits
Day PartDrinks
Menu PartBeverage
Cuisine TypeAmerican
Gin with Housemade Bitter Lemon and Soda

Create the perfect summertime beverage with this refreshing recipe from Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen. 


1½ oz. gin
1 oz. Housemade Bitter Lemon (recipe follows)
Ice cubes or crushed ice
2 oz. chilled sparkling water
Lemon slice and fresh thyme sprig, for garnish

Housemade Bitter Lemon
4 large lemons
1 ½ cups sugar
2 cups water


  1. Measure gin and Bitter Lemon into a mixing glass. Fill glass ¾ full with ice; shake vigorously.
  2. Add sparkling water and swirl. Strain into a tall Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon slice and fresh thyme.

Housemade Bitter Lemon

  1. Wash lemons and cut the ends off. Slice each lemon in half lengthwise and cut each half into 4 slices. 
  2. Combine lemons, sugar and water in high-speed blender. Process at high speed, pulsing until almost smooth. (Mixture should retain some texture.)
  3. Place mixture in a med. non-corrosive saucepan and bring to a boil over med.-high heat. Boil for 1 min; remove from heat and let steep for 1 hr.
  4. Strain through a fine strainer. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

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