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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Lemonade

The Mongolians invented lemonade around 1299 A.D. It swiftly became the Mongol emperor's favorite drink.

Wu Lai who lived during the 1271-1368 Yuan dynasty wrote a ditty entitled "Lemon Hot Water Song' (i.e. a song in praise of hot lemonade).

Lemonade became popular in Paris in 1630 when the price of sugar fell. Soon mixtures of water and lemon juice sweetened with honey were being peddled to thirsty Parisians. These first soft drink sellers carried large containers on their backs from which they sold cups of lemonade.

The Compagnie de Limonadier was formed in 1676 and given a monopoly for the sale of lemonade.


Rather than drinking wine, King George III of the United Kingdom preferred a lemonade called "cup."

President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) and his wife Lucretia did not drink alcoholic beverages. The First Lady instead served lemonade and other non-alcoholic drinks at the White House, earning herself the nickname "Lemonade Lucy."


An American, Hiram Cod, invented a gas-tight bottle that preserved the fizz in lemonade in 1875. Cod only manufactured non-alcoholic drinks, so because "wallop" was at the time a slang term for beer, the phrase “Cod’s wallop” started being used to describe drinks that do not contain alcohol.

A new type of alcoholic drink, known as Alcopops, was launched in Australia and the United Kingdom in 1996. The first two drinks to be sold were Two Dogs and Hoopers, both alcoholic lemonade drinks made in Australia and they achieved sales in Britain of over 100 million in less than a year after their launch.

The 'Lemonade' title of Beyonce's 2016 album was taken from a speech Jay Z's grandmother, Hattie White, at her 90th birthday party: "I've had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade."

People consume lemonade in the summer because drinks with sour flavors make us salivate, helping to alleviate a dry mouth.

There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time Lemonade.

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