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Non-Alcoholic Summer Drink Blog Post

Updated: Jul 24

By Tom Midford



Strawberry Limeade Recipe


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lime juice

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1/2 lb sliced strawberries

  • 20-30 mint leaves

  • 2 cups cold water

Instructions

  • To make the simple syrup, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan, and cook over medium high heat for 5-10 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear.

  • In a large mason jar or a pitcher, combine the lime juice, simple syrup, strawberries, mint, and water. Let sit in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Serve and enjoy!

History


Lemonade is believed to have seen its first use in Ancient Egypt, and was a status symbol in the ancient Mediterranean. It was recorded in France by the 1600s, and it arrived in England by the 1800s, as it was used in 1795 to prevent scurvy in the British Navy. In late 19th Century America, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union promoted lemonade as a replacement for alcoholic beverages. When U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes banned the serving of alcohol in the White House, his wife, Lucy Hayes, served lemonade to guests. It grew in popularity during this period, being alluded to in “Keeping the House Cool”, an article preserved in a scrapbook made by Red Cross founder Clara Barton.

Today, lemonade is known as a popular summer drink. It is also famous for being the merchandise sold by the iconic lemonade stand, a classic first business for neighborhood children across America. It has also given us the phrase “when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade”.


Lemons are mainly produced in Arizona, California, and Florida.


Citations


  1. Coquilton, Naomi. “Cooking Up History: Lemonade”. Minerva’s Kaleidoscope, July 21 2021. https://blogs.loc.gov/families/2021/07/cooking-up-history-lemonade/. Accessed June 26, 2022.

J. (2019, September 15). 4 Refreshing Summer Drinks. Fifteen Spatulas. https://www.fifteenspatulas.com/4-refreshing-summer-drinks/

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