I have an idea for the base “Lemonade” part of it. There needs to be a tart part of the lemonade and the other half of the lemonade is the strong lemon part.
Lemonade Base ::::::1/3 light, bright, zest:::: 2/3 heavy, tart/ sour; bulk of the lemonade .
For the tart part of the lemonade, it is going to be the bulk (I would say 2/3 of the lemonade taste and texture). For this part I have had good results with FLV Lemonade.
I have been also messing with these for the 2/3 portion:
LA Lemonade- I tried this to see where it would fit in. It has a good, broad lemon flavor, not too sharp, but thick and solid with a good lemon taste. It is not the brightest lemon though. It also seems to get a funky taste over roughly 3%.
FW (Natural) Lemonade- This is a nice zingy texture, smells and tastes very much like the lemonade you would get at a fast food restaurant. It has that sour zip to it, but isn’t necessarily the strongest and can tend to get lost under other flavors. I haven’t tried it above 4% yet though, I see the recommended in a mix is 5% so I am trying that next.
PUR Lemonade- To me, this almost seems like a stronger, more tart version of FW Lemonade. I have liked it a lot so far, but have only put it in one recipe, so I will need to work with it a bit before I can say it will replace FLV Lemonade in the mix. Unless I want to use 3 lemon flavors? IDK seems like a bit much but the Element Pink Lemonade is bursting with lemonade flavor, so I am not ruling anything out, yet.
For the lighter and brighter 1/3 of the lemonade portion:
MF Lemon- This has worked great for this part of the lemonade spectrum. It doesn’t have the lemonade taste by itself but aids the FLV Lemonade wonderfully. I have been using it at a straight 1% in tandem with the FLV Lemonade. This is high for a MF flavor, but with the extreme lemon that comes along with Element’s version, it is fitting. My only worry is muting; just how high can the MF Lemon be pushed before it begins to mute your taste buds?
Lemon Mix WG INW- I just recently got this in, so I haven’t gotten to play with it too much, but I find that unlike Shisha Lemon INW, it does not have oils in it neither does it separate. It also has a smoother profile. Need to work with this more to see if it fits into the recipe anywhere.
Other lemon/ lemonade flavors I have tried that didn’t really match the profile were:
Lemon Sicily FA
Lemonade RF SC
Pink Lemonade CAP
Juicy Lemon CAP
Juicy Lemon JF
Shisha Lemon INW
Some have suggested adding a lime to this because they taste lime; I have experimented with it to some success, but it takes away from the lemon profile in the experiments I have done so far (FA Lime Tahiti Cold Pressed at 1%) I may try lowering the lime down to 0.5% to keep the zingy flavor it adds but I have also been messing with various grapefruits for the same effect (adding tartness). It is my belief that the grapefruit will have the same effect as the lime in adding tartness without affecting the ‘lemon’ profile, as much.
INW White Grapefruit- This was definitely not the grapefruit for the job (assuming there is even any grapefruit in the real thing). It gave the recipe a whole new taste and took away from the lemon too much.
FA Grapefruit- This one shows promise but for a FA flavor, is rather weak. It doesn’t taste much of grapefruit (Which is good for this situation) while still having a good amount of citrus. I am between this one and the next one in my experiments for adding grapefruit.
FW Ruby Red Grapefruit- This might be the answer for adding that tart portion that the lemons don’t fully support. It also has a red quality to it which is good because Element describes their pink lemonade as simply having “just the right amount of red fruit” which puts a lot of different fruits into play.
TFA HPNO Type- I just got this in due to @Beaufort_Batches recommendations. Didn’t know until I read on it, but it is another grapefruit type. Haven’t played with it much, but will see how the single flavor tastes in comparison to the other grapefruits I have.
Will put up more information soon, I have to leave ATM and my wrist hurts lol. See, I told you it would be an awful lot to post, didn’t wanna bother everyone with my rants!