In honor of June's Fragrance of the Month, Old Fashioned Lemonade, we thought it would be appropriate honor lemonade itself.
Here are a few quick facts:
- Its origins traces all the way back to the Egyptians in 500 AD, where 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 was debuted in Naples, Italy in 1840.
- 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.
- Lemonade stands were first referenced in news media by the New York Times in 1879.
- 4-year-old Alex Scott started a nonprofit, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, in 2000 after learning she had cancer. She lived only 4 more years and in that short time raised more than $1 million for cancer research. That organization today has since raised more than $25 million nationwide for children’s cancer research.
- The “ade” in lemonade means that the product is not 100 percent juice.
- Grape juice is added to *plain* lemonade to make commercial pink lemonade.