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We enjoy Lemon, Lime & Bitters at the end of a long hot day or after a hard session in the garden. We've crafted it to deliver a delicious citrus bite finishing with a refreshing dash of bitters. By adding a touch of natural sweetener it means *less sugar and fewer calories.
*41% less sugar when compared to Barker's Lemon & Lime fruit syrup.
• Gluten free
• Makes 25 glasses
• Low calorie
• No artificial sweetener
• Preservative free
• Made in New Zealand
• Shake before use - Refrigerate after opening
I have never yet tried a Barkers product that I have not enjoyed, so I was fully prepared to enjoy this one. However, the friend who volunteered to try it with me was not so sure. She said she had tried several brands of drinks that included bitters and had not liked any of them, so she did not want to try this one at all. However, I said she could have a sip of mine then if she did not want to finish it I would drink it for her - all in the cause of getting a fair review, of course.
She picked up the bottle and sniffed it then said it reminded her a bit of the ginger beer I had given her a few days before (another of the same range). I poured it, following the instructions exactly and diluting it with soda. Then she tasted it. I asked her if she wanted me to finish it. The response was a clear order to get my own! Obviously it had passed the test that all the other brands she had tried to date had failed.
I poured another for myself and took a tentative sip. It was really nice! Almost a cross between a home-made lemon-and-honey and a ginger ale which was surprising because neither honey nor ginger feature in the ingredients list. The sweetness comes from stevia (which I don't usually like because of its brassy after-taste) and erythritol (which is similar in effect to stevia but without that bitterness). Neither of these sweeteners is anywhere near as bad for you as sugar, so the resulting drink is low in calories but high in sweetness. The fruit content (lemon and lime) contributes around 10% of a child's daily intake of Vitamin C.
I liked the smell of the drink once it had been mixed and standing for a few minutes. The contact with air seems to release the spicy aroma of the bitters, the third main ingredient. The composition of the bitters is not listed on the bottle, but traditionally bitters are a combination of several aromatic herbs such as gentian, cassia and cinchona which are brewed and then added to drinks in very small quantities to enhance the effect.
I like it when labels do include all the ingredients as that gives the buyer an idea of what the product is going to taste like. In this case, I probably would not have purchased the drink; but, because I was asked to review it, I got to try it. I am now happy to buy it again as it is actually really nice! As for my friend, she downed her first glass and immediately requested a top-up so that was one satisfied customer.
As a non-drinker I am always in search of a special drink for when everyone else is drinking. Lemon, lime and bitters has become my drink of choice at restaurants and bars. I hadn't found a nice and economical option for having at home. There are small bottles out there but they are expensive and there are big bottles that are cheap in price and taste it too. I was pleased to discover that Barker's have made a Lite Lemon, Lime and Bitters syrup.
The instructions are simple: Dilute 1 part Barker's with 6 parts soda or to taste. As I have a Soda Stream machine I always have access to soda water. I like that I can add as much or little syrup as I would like as well as control the fizz factor. I was concerned that being low in sugar it might have an artificial sweetener after taste but it tasted great.
My husband and I both loved the taste of drink. We both wanted it to be a bit stronger than how I had made it but as I just added a couple of splashes of syrup it is hard to tell if I made it to the 1:6 ratio or not. Though that enjoy their alcohol might want to use it as a mixer. This is certainly a drink I will be recommending to other to have on hand both for themselves and for visitors.
I love Barkers of Geraldine fruit syrups and currently have their Lemon, Honey & Ginger and Blackcurrant Lite syrups in my fridge. I was therefore extremely happy to be able to trial their Lemon, Lime and Bitter syrup. The first time I tried it I thought I would try it with plain water (I didn't have any soda water or lemonade) and found it to be a lovely refreshing drink with a tangy lemon flavour and a nice bitter aftertaste. I was surprised and very happy to find that there was no nasty artificial aftertaste that is usually associated with 'Lite' drinks but Barkers does promise No artificial sweeteners and you can tell! From now on, I plan to add a few drops of the syrup to my bottled water I take to work to give it a little kick.
I finally managed to get some lemonade and added the recommend 1 parts Barkers with 6 parts soda (or lemonade in my case). I was amazed at the transformation and can honestly say that this tasted better than a lot of ready made Lemon, Lime & Bitters I have tried on the market. It had the perfect sweetness/ bitterness combination which made it a refreshing drink that I will be thoroughly enjoying over the summer months.
It has 41% less sugar than other (Barkers) syrups, is low calorie and preservative free. Considering it makes 25 glasses, it's also an economical option for your Lemon, Lime & Bitters. This is now my favourite go-to summer drink and I recommend you try it now so it can be yours too!
I have enjoyed every Barker's product that I have tried in the past and was quite excited to see their Lite Lemon, Lime and Bitters come up for review. I want to shout out a HUGE thank you to Barker's and to KIWIreviews for bringing me another absolutely fantastic product to enjoy.
I was so excited to try this that I had to do so straight away. I had no soda water in the house, but I did have a small bottle of lemonade so decided that would have to do. I put some of the Barker's syrup in the glass and then topped it up with lemonade. I could smell the most amazing smell - and perfect mix and lemon, lime and of bitters.
I am not a big alcohol drinker and lemon, lime and bitters is one of my favourites to have when out for dinner or in the pub. I am a bit fussy though - I don't like many of the premixed varieties and prefer it when it is made with lemon and lime syrup and mixed with lemonade. Knowing that this product was a Lite version also brought a little bit of doubt as sometimes lite products don't taste as good as the regular varieties. As I took the first sip I was pleasantly surprised. I could taste a little of everything - lemon, lime and the bitters and it was just amazing! I don't think they could have got it more perfect. It tasted much better than the premix varieties and tasted just as good, if not better, than the regular full sugar versions of this popular drink.
This drink is going to become a summer staple in my house. Luckily for me my husband doesn't like lemon, lime and bitters so I can enjoy the entire bottle to myself! Next time I do the groceries I will get a bottle of soda water to try it with to see if there is a difference in the flavour. I would also like to try making some ice blocks with the drink for on those hot days as lemon, lime and bitters ice blocks are one of my favourite.
Lemon, Lime & Bitters is a drink which I quite often get when we go out for dinner or the likes, however this tends to be the only time I drink it. When I saw that Barkers had released a Lemon, Lime & Bitters syrup and that it was available for review I decided to jump at the chance to review it as I thought it would be great to have on hand for the upcoming summer months chilling in the fridge for when we have visitors over for BBQ's.
It just so happened that a few days after receiving this product we had a group of friends over for a potluck dinner and that one of them had shown up with a bottle of pre-mixed Lemon, Lime & Bitters to drink, later on in the evening I pulled out some chilled soda water and the Barkers syrup and offered everyone a taste, my friend who had brought the pre-mixed drink along couldn't believe it, she told everyone that it tasted so much better than what she had brought, let's just say that she changed what she was drinking very quickly! Almost everyone else who was at our house loved the taste, although my partner did not, he screwed his face up at when he took a sip which I was quite surprised at as he usually likes lemon flavoured drinks! The children all whom are under 7 had a small sip each and also appeared to quite like it, they all said it tasted of lemons as this was by far the most obvious flavour.
I have been loving mixing up this syrup and am over half way through the bottle now, not only have I prepared it as suggested on the bottle by diluting 1 part of syrup with 6 parts soda which I must say to me is spot on taste wise, I have also mixed it with some lemonade which tasted great also though I found I needed to reduce the syrup level to half so it wasn't to sweet. Another use I found the syrup good for was to mix it up as per instructions and use it to take ice blocks, these were delicious and have been sampled several times already by Miss 3 and myself, they are going to be great to suck on on a hot summer's day, I was worried that the freezing may have affected the taste of the Lemon, Lime & Bitters but not at all!
The bottle of syrup contains enough syrup to make 25 glasses of drink, and price wise I feel that this is great value for money as in stores to buy a 4 pack of bottles is at least $6. It is super quick to prepare and can be adjusted to suit your own taste buds which is a bonus as not everyone is the same. Being a lite drink means it is low calorie, and contains no artificial sweetener, so you can feel good drinking it knowing it is not packed with sugar. Best of all it tastes amazing and the flavours are perfectly matched with strong notes of the lemon and the bitters definitely present, and perfect to my liking.
Once again another great product by Barkers, that is totally worth a try, this makes me want to go out and try other flavours in their range of syrups as syrups are never something that I thinking of purchasing and trying out!
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