I didn't do anything about the sweetness. I am diabetic so I maintain a very low sugar intake. Generally anything that is real sweet tatses like overkill to me. I had a tasting with some friends and family and they all said it was great. I figure since I'm diabetic it was probably just me. I usually have diet pepsi to drink and if I were to drink for instance a regular mountain dew it would be, to me, like drinking straight simple syrup... lol.