Yesterday when I shared my recipes for football food (Coconut Lime Wings and Mango Salsa), I promised I would share my drink recipe as well. Lemon Lime Bitters is a drink from my childhood. I grew up in Papua New Guinea. Often on a Saturday, we would go to the local hotel to swim. If you purchased a drink or meal, you were free to use the pool. A Lemon Lime Bitters was my drink of choice. It’s the most refreshing drink and the bitters gives it a unique and unforgettable flavor.
I know it’s Winter and this seems like a Summer drink, but our citrus is all ripe and I want to enjoy it as much as possible. The limes I used for this drink are very unusual. They are Bearrs Limes, the skin and flesh is yellow and they have a milder lime flavor. I think they’re flavor is somewhere in between and lemon and a lime.
Lemon Lime Bitters
Lime wedges (mine is a Bearrs Lime from our garden)
lemon lime soda (Sprite or 7 up)
Angostura Aromatic Bitters
lime cordial (I love Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice)
1. Fill a glass with ice
2. Squeeze a 1/4 of a lime into the glass and then throw it it.
3. Pour 2-3 tbsp. of lime cordial into the glass (depending on how sweet you like your drinks)
4. Fill the glass with soda.
5. Finish with a couple dashes of bitters.
6. Mix and enjoy!
I also made these football topped straws for our drinks. They are very simple to make. I found this great football leather print paper at the craft store. I simply cut out a small football shapes, punched two holes in them on a diagonal, and then inserted a striped paper straw. I like the black and white straws, because they look like referee uniforms.