Rachel's Blog: LLB - Australia's drink of choice

Wed, 07 Dec 2005

A comment floated up from the vast oceans of the Internet today inquiring after a recipe for Lemon, Lime and Bitters. Beats me where that came from, but your wish is my command. (Sheesh, one drunken post and now I have a reputation.)
After battling heroically through the Angostura Bitters website, (Warnings - Flash, window sizing, new windows at every link and cheery cheery muzak) I have found the definitive recipe.

Lemon Lime & Bitters
Rim the inside of a glass with 5-6 dashes of Angostura® aromatic bitters
Add ice and swirl until the glass is evenly coated with Angostura® aromatic bitters
Fill glass with lemonade or Sprite and a shot (15 ml) of lime cordial or fresh lime juice. For a low-cal version fill glass with soda
Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime

But that's not all. Apparently this is Australia's drink of choice, a national beverage if you will, and we all guzzle it down at "the traditional nineteenth hole" of the golf course. Because we're sports mad. Mad! (The AIS defines "all" as 3.4% of the population.)

The tradition has been handed down through the generations, after a round of golf, when you are hot and thirsty the first thing you ask for is an Angostura lemon, lime & bitters.

Here I was thinking it was entirely another sort of bitters that was most popular in Australia.