@Miking, okay: your story was super hilarious. I am going to have to steal "like someone bottled the feeling you get when you lose something" because that's brilliant.
Bitter lemon, though, isn't actually that bitter. It's tangy and lemony, for sure, and has a bitterness from quinine. When I lived in Ireland, vodka bitter lemon was a nice break from vodka tonics. Had a similar flavor profile but was a bit sweeter and more cheerful somehow.
Italian soft drinks can be diabetic coma-inducing sweet or so herbaceous and bitter it's appalling. I do enjoy some of the alcohol-free bitters-flavored soft drinks, but usually, bah I would rather just drink wine. Because I'm a wino.
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