Add this mouth-watering cocktail recipe to your next mid-winter dinner menu


The Bittersweet Symphony. Photo / Supplied.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Midwinter is the perfect time to host a dinner party, when entertaining in the comfort of your own home means staying cozy and filling the house with good conversation and good company. Create a festive atmosphere by lighting the fire, setting the table and welcoming guests at the door with a pre-dinner cocktail.

The bittersweet symphony is sure to impress with its sophisticated flavors, unique combination of spirits and the addition of Schweppes 1783 Light Tonic Water, from Schweppes’ line of premium mixers. Mezcal, the salty and smoky cousin of tequila, and Amaro Montenegro, a caramel-colored Italian liqueur with bitter citrus notes, are often paired for a herbaceous version of a classic Negroni, served neat or over ice. .

For the Bittersweet Symphony cocktail, developed by Bar Non Solo venue manager Connor Griesdale, fresh lime and grapefruit juice is added to the mix, topped off with the crunchy bitter bubbles of Schweppes 1783 Light Tonic Water, which is the complement ideal for the bittersweet flavors of Amaro. The result is a delicious winter cocktail that will amaze your guests.

bittersweet symphony

30ml of mezcal
20ml Amaro Montenegro
15ml lime juice
15ml grapefruit juice
Schweppes 1783 Light Tonic Water
Rosemary and orange zest, to garnish


  1. Start by pouring the mezcal into a tall glass.
  2. Add Amaro Montenegro, lime juice and grapefruit juice.
  3. Fill with ice, top up with Schweppes 1783 Light Tonic Water and stir.
  4. Wrap the orange zest around the rosemary and add it to the glass.
  5. Enjoy!

Designed for the curious, the Schweppes 1783 range of premium mixers are ideal for dinner hosts and budding mixologists. The range, which includes a Quenching Cucumber Tonic Water, a Crisp Tonic Water, a Light Tonic Water and a Golden Ginger Ale, is the perfect pairing for the finest spirits. The line pays homage to Jacob Schweppe, who invented the world’s first effervescent soft drink in 1783. Continuing his legacy of innovation over 230 years later with this line, Schweppes’ flavor combinations are an update on mixers classics that we all love. Be sure to keep the fridge stocked with Schweppes 1783 before your next mid-winter celebration.

Please drink responsibly.

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