The Lemon Drink

The first sip was absolutely detestable. My two kids will not drink this. A strong acidic taste with a hint of astringency and some weird stuffs. No sugar, or maybe there was. In minimal amount just to offset a bit of citrus and astringency. I used to add sugar to my tea to reduce too much astringency. I eventually got rid of the sweet thing as soon as my tongue got adjusted.

What I am thinking when I see up-sized drinks like this? Beverage for a sweet tooth. Basically softdrink, juice drink or cold tea. Slurpy, fruit shake or halo-halo. Whatever it maybe, it must be sweet. Why? It is simply because merchants want goods that sell. Mass majority crave for sweets. Sweet goods are very salable. We drink coffee that is naturally bitter but we add sugar to make it sweet. We love chocolates not because of its inherent bitter, cocoa and fruity taste. It is because of the same old reason.

It contained three slices of lemon, less than a quarter each. And handful of chopped thingy that I never bothered inspecting. They were almost unrecognizable. A company keeping a little secret, maybe.

Just like what I do with home-made lime water, I refilled it. Let sit inside refrigerator for several hours and drink again. The taste was still pretty strong after refill. Got weaker on the third.

Mass majority might like too much of sweet things. However, there are growing portion of population that like bland, bitter or astringent healthy foods. That including me. As long as this niche market exist, business focus on health will continue to thrive.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.