Today is Lemonade Day! Cool and refreshing, this sweet drink is one of the most popular beverages to enjoy during the summertime. While the first written evidence of lemonade can be found in medieval Egypt, it is believed that Indian natives first began drinking a form of lemonade called “nimbu pani,” or “lemon water” prior to the entrance of lemonade in Egypt and neighboring countries. Lemonade recipes began appearing in the U.S. during the 17th century with the early arrival of European immigrants.
There are many different variations of lemonade including raspberry lemonade, sparkling lemonade, frozen lemonade, ginger lemonade, and pink lemonade. It is rumored that pink lemonade was invented by a circus performer named Henry E. Allott. During a show, Allott accidentally dropped cinnamon candies into a container of lemonade, giving the drink a subtle pink hue. Instead of disposing of the lemonade, Allott marketed the drink as “pink lemonade” and sold it to eager spectators.
Lemonade Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May. To celebrate Lemonade Day, wind down with a tall glass of refreshing, fresh-squeezed lemonade!