Lemonade for Days

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Lemonade is proof that magic is real. What other explanation is there for how a sour fruit can be transformed into a sweet concoction (sugar, I know, but let me dream).  While we love the traditional water-sugar-lemons mixture, we decided to delve further into the wonderful world of lemonade. Lemonade is usually associated with summer, but there’s no reason it cannot be enjoyed year-round. We’ve rounded up our favorite lemonade recipes that you can enjoy any season. Kids, now you can keep your lemonade stands open 24/7!

While you’re at it, take a look at our beautiful Boxwood lemon reamer! It’s the perfect tool for easily extracting lemon juice.

Item featured: Boxwood Lemon Reamer

Item featured: Boxwood Lemon Reamer

Quick History

  • Lemons may have originated in northwestern India. From there they spread to Italy, Iraq, Egypt, and eventually the rest of Europe. The fruit’s exact history is difficult to trace due to its adaptability to hybridization.
  • The first documentation of a lemon beverage appears in Egyptian writings. Egyptians created a popular lemon drink called qatarmizat that was consumed between the 10th and13th centuries.  
  • Lemons began to be grown in California and Florida in the 1700s.
  • The creation of pink lemonade may have been entirely accidental. Legend has it that pink dye dripped from a horse rider’s tights into lemonade made by William Henry Griffith. He served it anyway and it became a huge hit. Alternatively, Henry E. Allot may have dropped a piece of cinnamon candy into lemonade by mistake and changed its color.
  • National Lemonade Day is August 20th. There is no documentation of its “official” creation.

Spring & Summer        

Mix things up by using limes instead of lemons in this Mint Limeade recipe from Our Best Bites.

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Photo source: Our Best Bites

A delightful fusion of sweet honey and fiery ginger in this Honey Ginger Lemonade from Gourmande in the Kitchen.

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Photo source: : Gourmande in the Kitchen

Add two other quintessential summer fruits to your lemonade to create this Watermelon Pineapple Lemonade from Damn Delicious.

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Photo source: Damn Delicious

Ditch the sugar and use an alternative sweetener for this Healthy Lemonade from Healthful Pursuit.

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Photo source: Healthful Pursuit

Seeking an alcoholic twist on the drink of your childhood?  Try this sima (Finnish Lemon Mead) recipe from Potlicker.

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Photo source: Potlicker

Lemonade doesn’t have to only be yellow or pink! Try this gorgeous Lavender Lemonade from Eat Yourself Skinny.

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Photo source: Eat Yourself Skinny

Autumn & Winter

A spooky, festive drink from Girl Loves Glam that is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike!

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Photo source: Girl Loves Glam

Spiced Lemonade from Mid Century Menu makes for an aromatic cup of comfort ideal for lazy rainy days.

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Photo source: Mid Century Menu

Fight colds by arming yourself with this Meyer Lemon Vanilla Spice from The Kitchen McCabe.

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Photo source: The Kitchen McCabe

Harry Potter fans rejoice! Here’s a lemonade-based butterbeer recipe created by the wizards over at Planning with Kids.

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Photo source: Planning with Kids

 

Have fun and remember

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Photo source: Endorphin Cross Fit

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