The question I am most frequently asked is “Why does my infused water taste bitter?” Without a doubt, your water tastes bitter because of the rind or peel on citrus fruits. And the longer you leave fruit to infuse, the more the bitter it will taste because the acidic flavors of the rind also infuse into your water.
However, it’s really easy to solve this problem by cutting the rind off! I’m going to use a lemon in this tutorial, but the following applies to all citrus.
1. Cut off each end of the lemon. Having both ends of the lemon be flat will help stabilize it for the next step.
2. Angle your knife and cut away the rind in a arc-shaped motion. Unless you have the knife skills of a surgeon, it’s okay if you slice out some of the lemon flesh.
3. Continue cutting all around the lemon.
4. The pith (white part) of the lemon can also taste bitter, so you can also cut most of the pith away, too, until you have a beautiful, juicy lemon core.
5. Slice the lemon into rough chunks, being careful not to squeeze too hard at any point as the lemon is very juicy. This lemon is now ready to be added to your infused water recipes and enjoyed for its sweet, bitter-free flavor.