Stomach Ache Cure: Lemon Lime Bitters

by Pamela

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So you’ve stumbled over to your computer after a full day of eating yourself into a coma and maybe elbowing your way through the masses (at the ass crack of dawn this morning) to get your hands on the last remaining “hottest Christmas gift of 2010” and now you are dealing with a headache and the worst stomach ache you’re sure you you’ve ever had.  Have I got a stomach ache cure for you!

Back in February I took a little trip down under (to Australia) and came upon a favorite summertime beverage called Lemon Lime Bitters.  I posted about this back in April, but then I was talking about it in the context of virgins, you can go back and read my post about Born Again Virgins to refresh your memory if you like, but I’m guessing it has taken every ounce of energy you had just to hit the ‘on’ button of your computer so I’ll save you a bit of time, and your stomach, by just getting to it.

As you can tell by the name, this stomach ache cure (elixir if you will) contains bitters.  If you’re not familiar with what bitters are, I’ll give you a brief background on them.  Angostura bitters (most commonly found bitters) was originally made by a Venezuelan physician to help cure sea sickness and other tummy ailments including nausea.  Because bitters tend to be well, bitter, it’s usually not consumed by itself but mixed with other alcohols (bitters are 45% alcohol) or some other sweet liquid.

Today, I am not going to blather on with any relationship advice because I’m sure you just want the stomach ache cure so you can take a nap and be fully recharged for the partying ahead this weekend.  The lemon lime bitters recipe below makes 8 servings, which should get you through this harrowing time and have you all bright eyed and bushy tailed ready for work on Monday.

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Stomach Ache Cure: Lemon Lime Bitters Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 8 Ounces Club Soda
  • Angostura Bitters

Directions

Combine first 4 ingredients in a non-reactive 2 quart heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.

Remove from heat and pour into a bowl to cool.  Once cooled this simple syrup can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Once the simple syrup has cooled add ice to a large glass.

To the glass, add 1 ounce (a standard shot glass) of the lemon lime simple syrup.

Add 8 ounces of club soda.

Add 5-8 dashes of bitters (or to taste).

Serve with a straw so that the bitters can be stirred into the drink.

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4 comments

Nancy November 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I think this is a perfect drink for the holidays… even if you don’t have a tummy ache!!!

P.S. Loved the photo of the turkey – too cute!!

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks November 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I’m going to try this today. Have the bitters and citrus – at the ready. They are the base of the Bermudian rum swizzle made with a ginger simple syrup – a holiday day/world cup drink on the island. A nice alternative to the heavy drinks that are served during Christmas and New Year’s.

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