Lemonade (FR. Limonade – limenitidinae) is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink based on lemon juice, sugar, and water. The drink has a light yellow color, lemon aroma, and refreshing taste.
For the first time, the drink appeared in France in the 17th century during Louis I. At court; they made it out of weak lemon liqueur and lemon juice. According to legend, the drink’s appearance associates with the almost fatal mistake of a Royal cupbearer. He inadvertently, instead of wine, dipped in a glass of monarch lemon juice. To correct this reckless act, he added in a glass of water and sugar. The king appreciated the drink and ordered it for the hot days.
Production of lemonade
Currently, people make this drink in factories and the home. A trendy drink became after the invention by Joseph Priestley pump to enrich beverages with carbon dioxide. The first mass production and sale of carbonated lemonade started in 1833 in England and 1871 in the United States. The first lemonade Lemon’s Superior Sparkling Ginger Ale (the literal translation of Stunning Sparkling Lemon Ginger ale).
For mass production, they mainly use not the natural juice of lemon, but a chemical compound sometimes very distant from the natural flavor and color of lemonade. At the same time, industrial producers use lemon acid, sugar, burnt sugar (for color), and aromatic composition of lemon, orange, tangerine liqueur, and Apple juice. Not always lemonade of modern industrial production is really a natural product. Often it contains a whole range of preservatives, acids, and chemical additives: phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate, aspartame (sweetener).
In addition to our usual lemonade in the liquid state, it can also be in the form of a powder formed in the evaporation process of lemon juice with sugar. To prepare this lemonade is enough to add water and mix thoroughly.
The world’s largest manufacturers of soft drinks like lemonade are brand 7up, Sprite, and Schweppes.
Benefits of lemonade
Most of the positive properties have natural homemade lemonade made from fresh lemon juice. Like the lemon, the lemonade contains vitamins C, A, D, R, B1, and B2; minerals potassium, copper, calcium, phosphorus, and ascorbic acid.
Lemonade is a good thirst quencher on hot summer days, has antiseptic properties. Concentrated lemonade helps in the treatment of atherosclerosis, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract with a reduced level of acidity, and metabolic disorders in the body.
At high temperatures associated with fever, doctors prescribe lemonade without sugar to maintain water balance and ease symptoms.
Lemonade also helps with scurvy, reduced appetite, colds, and pains in the joints.
Pregnant women are recommended to drink lemonade in the first trimester to ease morning sickness, but be aware that its excessive consumption (more than 3 liters a day) may cause swelling of the extremities and heartburn.
The classic recipe of lemonade is straightforward. This requires 3-4 lemons. Wash them, pour over boiling water, peel, and squeeze the juice. Add water (3 liters), add sugar (200 g), and bring to a boil. The resulting broth cool to room temperature, and add lemon juice. The finished drink should store in an airtight container in the fridge. Before serving the lemonade – pour it into long glasses garnished with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint. So that the drink was carbonated, you can use sparkling mineral water, which is necessary to add to the drink just before serving. Thus in the basic recipe, you must add half the water, so the drink was quite concentrated. Also, in lemonade to taste, you can add mint, molasses, ginger, currants, apricot, pineapple, and other juices.
The dangers of lemonade and contraindications
Not recommended carbonated soft drinks to use for children up to 3 years, and in large quantities (more than 250 ml per day) children from 3 to 6 years.
People with diseases of the kidneys and liver should refrain from this kind of drink because these organs are the first to receive the punch processing, not natural lemonade. You must remember that the cheaper the drink and the longer the storage period, the less useful it is for the human body.
Natural lemonade is not recommended to drink to people with a hung acidity of the stomach and for those who are hypersensitive to citrus.