Life gave me bitter lemonade...now what?
August 1, 2007 6:04 PM Subscribe
Why is my lemonade turning bitter?
posted by tastybrains to food & drink (18 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I recently decided to try making some homemade lemonade using the basic recipe I've found on about a gazillion recipe sites ... sliced lemons (1 per quart), sugar (1 cup), ice, water. I take the thiny sliced & seeded lemons and sugar and I mash the crap out of them so there is a nice slushy sugary lemony mess. Then I mix it all up with ice and water. And it tastes awesome.
However, when I leave it to chill overnight, it turns horribly bitter & undrinkable. Mixing it up doesn't help.
Why is this? I feel like it's probably something obvious, but my Google-fu sucks and all I found were metaphors of bitterness and life giving you lemons and that sort of thing.
Is it the lemon peels? Should I peel the lemons before mashing everything up? Or does lemonade just not stay tasty for long?
Help...I really like lemonade & I really feel stupid that I can't make a simple pitcher of lemonade that tastes good for a full 24 hours.