Lemon, lime, and bitters (LLB for short) is a non-alcoholic cocktail created in Australia sometime around 1880 and is so popular there that it was dubbed "Australia's National Drink" by ABC News in 2018. Typically made with lemon soda, lime cordial, and aromatic bitters, we've taken a more fresh, low-calorie approach here with freshly squeezed citrus, a bit of simple syrup, and our Aromatic bitters (although you could use any variety of bitters).
If ordering this drink at a bar, it's important to note that it's most often made with Angostura bitters, which contain 44.7% alcohol by volume. Nevertheless, LLB is considered non-alcoholic in the same way that bitters and soda is, as only a few dashes of bitters are used. It certainly won't get you drunk, or even buzzed, but if you're looking to avoid alcohol 100% you'll want to use our non-alcoholic bitters to keep this a totally Zero Proof cocktail. (It's also surprisingly easy to get above the 0.5% ABV threshold that defines "non-alcoholic" drinks—just 3 dashes of Angostura in a 5-ounce drink clocks in at 0.67% ABV).
No matter how you make this one, with Angostura or non-alcoholic bitters, LLB is an incredibly refreshing, easy cocktail that is sure to please everyone. It's basically fancy lemon-lime soda! What's not to love?
Lemon, Lime, and Bitters (Non-Alcoholic)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail Recipes
Our version of this Australian classic combines fresh lemon and lime juice, sugar, bitters, and club soda. Easy and so refreshing.
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
5-7 dashes All The Bitter Aromatic bitters
3-4 ounces sparkling water
Add lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters to a rocks glass and stir.
Fill with ice, top with soda, and stir.
Garnish with a lemon and/or lime wedge.