I’ve found 6 refreshing summer lemonade recipes for you to try.
For many people homemade lemonade conjures up memories of childhood. Those hazy lazy summer days when school was out. And if mom had lemons in the house, that would often lead to a pitcher of lemonade.
Children set up lemonade stands and charged a small amount for passersby to buy a cup of lemonade. This is an iconic image as American as apple pie.
Of course we all know that lemonade is a beverage of sweetened lemon juice mixed with water. But there are many variations of lemonade recipes to be found.
Sour drinks like lemonade are linked with enough salivation that helps in hydration. Of course your body’s need for water is reflected by a dry mouth.
Researchers have found that both sour and tart flavors actually stimulate the salivary glands more than any other taste.
Even after one sip of lemonade you will find immediate relief for a dry mouth and instantly feel refreshed.
Lemonade on a hot day not only refreshes you but also keeps your body hydrated. Therefore lemonade is scientifically thirst-quenching as well as hydrating.
A bit of lemonade trivia for you: Did you know that the first recorded version of lemonade hails from Egypt?
So even though we think of lemonade as American, it’s origins are really not.
And secondly, there are two stories of origin about pink lemonade. They both share roots with 19th-century traveling circuses.
Throughout North America and India, “lemonade” means exactly what you’d expect: a blend of lemon juice, sugar, and water.
But if you travel to Israel, Syria, Lebanon, or Jordan your drink will be served with a flavorful addition of crushed mint leaves.
Order a lemonade in England, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, and you might be in for a bigger surprise. In these countries, lemonade refers to a carbonated lemon-lime soda. (Think Sprite)
Whatever your choice of flavor for lemonade, it is sure to be mouth-watering on hot summer days spent outdoors.
You might consider serving variations of lemonade recipes to friends and family during a celebratory cookout.
Enjoy! Click on titles or underneath photos to be directed to recipes.