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Iconic drink given Aussie makeover for Australia Day

There are few things more Australian than celebrating your national day with mates at the local pub. This Australia Day, patriotic Sydneysiders are being encouraged to revive a great Aussie pub tradition, lemon, lime and bitters

 There are few things more Australian than celebrating your national day with mates at the local pub. This Australia Day, patriotic Sydneysiders are being encouraged to revive a great Aussie pub tradition, lemon, lime and bitters.

Originating in Australia as the traditional drink of the 19th hole, lemon, lime and bitters has long been the go-to drink for those no-drink occasions, and has also become popular served with vodka or gin as a refreshing summer drink.

Thanks to the Australian Bitters Company, Australians can now lay claim to a local brand to rival the international market-leader, Angostura.

Hand-crafted locally in the Sydney suburb of Seven Hills from a secret recipe of 25 ingredients, Australian Bitters is being embraced by many of the city’s leading bartenders who will celebrate Australia Day by creating their own unique cocktail featuring LL&B. Among them is Pasan Wijesena from Newtown hot spot Earl’s Juke Joint.

Said Pasan, “At Earl's, we’ve had a party every Australia Day since opening. This year we will be putting our spin on a very Australian drink, the lemon, lime and bitters.

“We’ll be treating bitters as the star ingredient in our twist on a Trinidad Sour, the Toongabbie Sour.

“The quality and range of Australian drinks is getting better every year, in line with the growth of the Australian bar scene and, as much as possible, we like to feature local product.

“Expect lots of Sydney gins and of course Australian Bitters to feature in cocktails throughout the day.”

Launched in 2013 after six years of development, Australian Bitters is hand-crafted from a secret recipe of 25 mainly Australian ingredients, including 20 different aromatics. Its premium flavour and local credentials have seen it gain considerable support from the nation’s bartenders.

rom January 22 to January 31, bartenders across Sydney will be serving up their take on the classic Aussie LL&B cocktail, incorporating gelato for maximum summer refreshment. Among those participating are Max Greco (Vasco, Surry Hills), Dre Walters (Lobo Plantation, City), Russ McFadden (Eau de Vie, City), Steve Davis (Opera Bar, Circular Quay), Pasan Wijesena (Earl’s Juke Joint, Newtown), Ben Hickey (The Roosevelt, Potts Point), Leeroy Peterson (The Village Inn, Paddington), The Stuffed Beaver, Bondi and Riley St Garage, Woolloomooloo.

You can find their recipes and more on the Australian Bitters Facebook page.