Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Feb 14, 2013 03:46 PM

Lemon Extract w/ little or no alcohol (to flavor drinking water)?

I'm [desperately] seeking lemon extract with little or no alcohol to flavor drinking water: Turns out that regularly squeezing lemons into your water will harm your teeth because of the high acidity. I can't find any simple lemon oil/extract ['pure' is a useless term.] Any brands to suggest?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Instead of using an extract, I'd simmer lemon peel in water and then use to flavor my water of other drinks.

    1 Reply
    1. re: treb

      Lemon zest gives a nice lemon flavour without the acidity.

      How much lemon juice are you putting in the water? If it's a small amount for flavour, I wouldn't worry about the acidity, unless you also avoid citrus juice and soft drinks (which are also acidic).

    2. I love those true lemon, lime and orange packets. Havent tried the grapefruit yet.

      No idea if they are acidic though

      1 Reply
      1. re: foodieX2

        I love the dry packets too. I'll look for the grapefruit!

      2. Seriously, would someone please explain the need to add a flavor to water?

        3 Replies
        1. re: mucho gordo

          Its tasty! And much better for you then most sodas and fruit juices.

          Why do people need to add flavor anything? Because it enhances the food/drink. Water is neutral and while fine on its own (and many people enjoy it that way) it can be enhanced with flavoring.

          Steak is great but many people feel it is enhanced by S&P, herbs and/or sauces

          Plain pasta is fine, and again many people enjoy it but many find it improves when tossed with olive and garlic or a myriad of other sauces.

          Plain bread is great but add some really good butter and its a whole different experience

          1. re: foodieX2

            I can understand that but, to me, most flavors don't enhance, they mask the true flavor. A-1, for example, overpowers the taste of beef.

          2. re: mucho gordo

            Mucho - When people are on a diet and the ONLY thing they drink is water it gets terribly boring after a couple of weeks. More and more people won't drink diet sodas due to long term health concerns, many avoid coffee and tea because of the caffeine, and fruit juices have as much or more sugar than regular soda.

            I drink 2 or more liters of water almost every day. I am lucky that we have great tap water where I live, I don't need to buy bottled, and I love the fresh clean refreshment that only water gives. But from time to time you want something different.

          3. Don't squeeze the lemons. All that's needed is a thin slice or two of lemon in a pitcher. It shouldn't be strong enough to be harmful.

            1 Reply
            1. re: GH1618

              Given that it's a matter of taste "all that's needed" is what the drinker prefers.