August 20th is National Lemonade Day!

National lemonade day is a day we honor the old time favorite drink we all love! Whether it was sold at a stand when you were a kid or enjoyed in the backyard as an adult, lemonade has a special place in all our memories. So on National lemonade Day, it's traditional to celebrate by mixing up your favorite flavor of your choice. Lemonade now has a bigger range of flavors to choose from. You can make regular lemonade, pink lemonade, strawberry lemonade and even watermelon lemonade. All of these are cool and refreshing drinks and make great bases for cocktails too. So enjoy a nice refreshing summertime beverage this Saturday!

Regular Lemonade
The basic lemonade recipe has been popular in the Southern United States for years! Sweet tea and lemonade are practily trade marks for the south. US lemonade is usually sold as a summer refresher. It is commonly available at fairs and festivals, often as a "lemon shakeup" with the shell of the squeezed lemon left in the cup. Lemonade was also the traditional mixer in a Tom Collins, but today it is commonly replaced by a bar mix. European-style lemonade and beer produce a shandy. Lemonade is also an important ingredient in the Pimm's Cup cocktail, and a popular drink mixer.

Pink lemonade
Conventionally, pink lemonade is traditionally coloured with grenadine. The Greeks were the first to have pink lemonade. They made this so that while the adults were having wine at celebrations, the children would also have a special treat. When the Greeks dyed the lemonade pink by adding wine, the common myth in the community was that this drink was made from pink lemons that grew in a forest that no man could enter and come out alive. They made the children believe that these magical pink lemons were brought back by a noble king. The New York Times, however, credited Henry E. "Bunk Allen" Allott, as the inventor in his obituary: At 15 he ran away with a circus and obtained the lemonade concession. One day while mixing a tub of the orthodox yellow kind he dropped some red cinnamon candies in by mistake. The resulting rose-tinted mixture sold so surprisingly well that he continued to dispense his chance discovery.

Traditional Lemonade Recipe
Lemonade is a sweetened beverage made from lemons, sugar, and water. It is popular in the United States during the spring and summer, when it is generally served chilled, with ice. In some countries, the word 'lemonade' is also used to describe any clear carbonated drink; in others, it means any fruit-flavored soda.

* 6 medium lemons, should yield 1 cup of juice
* 3 1/2 cups water
* 3/4 cup Sugar (can be adjusted by +/- 1/4 cup to taste)
Juice the lemons on a citrus reamer. Rolling the lemons on the counter with moderate pressure prior to juicing will result in more juice from each lemon. Try to keep out the seeds. If you prefer lemonade with no pulp, strain the juice to remove it.  Dissolve the sugar in the water. Heat may be helpful if using a large amount of sugar.  Combine the juice and sugar water in a pitcher. Stir well.
Chill or serve over ice cubes.

Alternative Recipe
1 cup Lemon Juice
1 cup Sugar
6 Cups of Water (2 cups warm water, 4 cups cold water)
Pour 2 cups of warm water into a pitcher and stir in sugar until it dissolves (Sugar dissolves quicker in warm water).  Pour in lemon juice, stir again, and add the 4 cups of cold water.  Chill or serve over ice cubes.

* Hard lemonade adds an alcoholic spirit, such as tequila, gin, or vodka, to the lemonade.
* Various fruits, such as strawberries and raspberries can be added for color and flavor. A small amount of beet juice results in pink lemonade with little change in flavor.
* Herbs such as mint, borage, lavender, and lemon verbena can change the aroma of the drink.
* Including the peels, bruised and sliced, gives more bite and a stronger aroma.
* Other citrus fruits can be used, including lime, orange, and grapefruit. Sugar and water content should be adjusted to taste. In American parlance, these are not technically lemonades, but limeade, orangeade, etc.

Limeade Recipe

Limeade is a beverage similar to lemonade, but is made with lime juice or lime flavor(s) instead of those of the lemon. A carbonated version is often made of 7up mixed with the juice of several limes. Sonic Drive-In uses Sprite instead of 7up to create its popular limeade.

Fresh Limeade Recipe
* 1 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
* 4 cups cold water
* 1 1/2 cup sugar
* Ice cubes
* 6 lime slice twists
* 6 mint sprigs
Mix lime juice, water and sugar; refrigerate until chilled.
Serve over ice in tall glasses; garnish with lime slice twists and mint.

Note: Limeade can be frozen in ice cube trays; the cubes can be used with the limeade so it will not be diluted. Also, the ice cubes can be processed in a blender or food processor to make a delicious lime slush. 


Watermelon Lemonade
The mild flavour of the watermelon blends nicely with the tart lemon juice.
6 cups watermelon
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
Remove as many seeds as you can from the watermelon flesh. Place watermelon and water in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain liquid into a pitcher, along with sugar and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until chilled, then serve.

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