Lemonade has been a popular beverage for some time now, spanning several centuries. From lemonade stands in neighborhoods, to a cold glass of lemonade poolside, this tart and sweet drink has been satisfying both young and old in a variety of settings for years, with summer serving as its peak popularity point every year.
Although it’s hard to pinpoint its true origin, many would say that lemonade first appeared in Egypt around 1000 AD, after lemons had made their way in from China. By the mid 1600’s vendors in France had essentially monopolized the beverage, and roamed the street serving it from backpack tanks.
While lemonade has some strange origins, it has gone on to become a hallmark beverage in the Western part of the world, especially in the United States. The American version of lemonade can be referred to as “cloudy” lemonade, which is characterized by its obstructed appearance that is a result of the combination of raw lemon fruit juice and water.
Other forms of lemonade exist as well, such as pink and clear lemonade. Pink lemonade refers to the color the lemonade becomes after extra ingredients such as grenadine and strawberry juice are added. Clear lemonade often refers to carbonated versions.
Lemonade is certainly a delicious beverage, and fortunately, it comes with quite a few health benefits as well. This is mainly due to the fact that lemonade contains, well, lemons.
Lemons are actually considered a superfood, and contain plenty of health benefits and even topical uses. Since lemonade is essentially lemon juice combined with water and some sugar, it is is an easy way to get a healthy dose of lemon.
Vitamin C, B6, and A are just a few of the many vitamins, minerals, and healthy compounds found in a single lemon. They also contain flavonoids, which are helpful antioxidants that can assist your body in numerous ways.
Here are just a few of the many benefits you can gain from drinking lemonade.
Lemon juice is highly effective in fighting both indigestion and constipation. Drinking lemonade can give your digestive tract the extra assistance it needs to break down foods you’ve consumed, while loosening waste that is lining the walls of your bowels.
If you’ve every had a kidney stone, you know just how terrible it can be. Increasing your water consumption can definitely help to stave off future occurrences, but lemonade can help even more. The citrate you get from drinking lemonade can increase the amount found in your urine, which goes a long way in preventing the stones from even forming.
You may have heard of lemon juice and lemonade being used as part of a weight loss regimen. It’s for a good reason. Lemons contain pectin, a soluble fiber that has demonstrated weight loss properties. Lemonade can also help you feel full, which aids in staving off a nagging appetite.
Lemonade can help increase perspiration output, which is one of the best ways to break a fever. If you are suffering from the flu, or any other sickness that involves fever, try drinking some lemonade to speed up the fever’s breaking point and get back on track to a normal body temperature.
The antioxidants found in lemons have been shown to prevent cells in your body from deforming, which is what leads to cancer developing and spreading. Drinking lemonade on a regular basis can ensure a constant intake of these antioxidants.
Lemons contain a high amount of potassium, which can help to calm numerous cardiac issues. If you are experiencing high blood pressure, nausea, and dizziness, try drinking some lemonade for a calming and relieving effect.
Lemonade can be made several different ways, and with several different added ingredients for varied flavors. Before we get to that however, it’s best to first learn how to make a basic lemonade recipe. This one is the perfect place to start.
Begin by getting the lemon juice out of your lemons. Before juicing them, spend a few second rolling them on a flat surface while applying pressure from your hand. This will loosen up the juice inside the lemon and make it easier to get more out of it.
After juicing your lemons, pour the juice into your pitcher. If you don’t want any pulp in the lemonade, put a strainer over the pitcher’s opening as you pour it in. Now add your water to the pitcher. After that, add your sugar.
Once all of the ingredients are in the pitcher, stir everything vigorously using a long spoon or whisk. Taste the lemonade, and adjust according to your preferences. Add more sugar it it’s too sour, or more lemonade if it’s too sweet.
After you are satisfied with the taste of the lemonade, place the pitcher in your refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours, and serve over ice.
Note: For an easy variation, try using carbonated water instead of regular water for a sparkling version of lemonade.
Like we said earlier, lemonade is one the most versatile drinks you can make. The following is a list of some of the best lemonade recipes you can easily make at home.
Strawberry lemonade is one of the most popular variations of lemonade, is and relatively simple to make. This recipe requires a blender to ensure that the strawberries are easier to mix with the lemon juice.
(If you don’t have a blender, or if you simply want pulp in your beverage, try mashing the strawberries, and shaking the mixture in an airtight container instead.)
Begin by placing the strawberries in the blender. Add the 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 cup of water as well. Blend until the strawberries turn into a juice with no chunks.
Follow this by juicing your lemons. Be sure to roll the lemons on your counter first to loosen the flesh and create more juice. After juicing the lemons, add the juice to a pitcher. Add the remaining 6 cups of water and the 1 cup of sugar, and stir until well blended.
Refrigerate for 3 hours, and serve over ice, garnished with fresh strawberry slices and lemon wedges.
Lemonade in the summer is great, but frozen lemonade can be even better. This recipe is an easy and blender-less way to make frozen lemonade, but it does require some waiting.
Measure out your water, and then place it into a saucepan. Boil. When the water is boiling, add in the sugar, and stir until it is completely dissolved. Let the water sit and cool for at least 30 minutes afterwards.
While the water is cooling, juice your lemons. After doing so, combine the sugar water and lemons into a dish, and cover. Place in the freezer overnight.
When ready to use, use a fork to break the frozen chunks up, and transfer the pieces to a large mixing bowl. Whisk the mixture until it begins to become slushy. Pour the slushy mixture into glasses, and then squeeze a lemon wedge into each glass. Drop the squeezed lemon into the glass, and then serve immediately.
Frozen lemonade is certainly suitable for summer, but this watermelon lemonade recipe may be even more so. Like the name suggests, this recipe is as simple as adding watermelon to a standard lemonade recipe.
Begin by first juicing your lemons and setting the juice aside. After doing so, place the watermelon chunks into a blender, and puree until you have a smooth liquid. Using the mesh sieve, strain the liquid into a small pitcher.
Boil the ½ cup of water in a saucepan, and then add the sugar, stirring until it’s fully dissolved. Allow to cool for 30 minutes, and then add the 3 cups of cold water and lemon juice. Divide your ice into the amount of glasses you’ll be using, and pour the watermelon puree over it.
Top each glass off with the lemonade, and garnish with a lemon wedge or watermelon slice.
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