It’s National Lemonade Day!
It is the perfect summertime drink, cold, refreshing and with a variety of flavors satisfying to everyone’s taste buds. We’re talking “made in the shade” lemonade which is being celebrated today, National Lemonade Day. You can buy it fresh, frozen or–for generations–from a local lemonade stand run by some enterprising young entrepreneurs. Here are some things I’ll bet you didn’t know about lemonade.
The average lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons (50 ml) of juice.
American-style lemonade exists in the UK as a “homemade” juice (also called lemonade), but is only rarely sold commercially under that name.
Lemonade can trace its origins to the Egyptians when in 500 AD lemon juice was mixed with sugar to make a beverage known as qatarmizat.
The first lemonade “soft drink” debuted in Paris on August 20th, 1630. The drink was made from sparkling water and lemon juice sweetened with honey.
Frozen lemonade made its debut in 1840 in Naples, Italy.
The earliest documented lemonade stands were introduced by a young entrepreneur named Edward Bok who formed them in Brooklyn street cars from 1873 to 1876.
So whether it’s fresh squeezed or store bought why not celebrate with a tall glass of ice cold lemonade today!