Lemonade: History and Recipe Twists

Summer begs for lemonade, and it has for well over a thousand years.

Believe it or not, our first written mention of lemonade dates to about A.D. 1000. Egyptian peasants were enjoying a slightly modified version of this drink by mixing a honey-water syrup with lemons and dates.

In the 17th century, a French company, Compagnie de Limonadiers, further popularized the drink by having street vendors walk around with tanks of lemonade strapped to their back, selling the now-popular refreshment by the cup.

My family has enjoyed lemon iced tea for as long as I can remember (they're called Arnold Palmers, but I didn't know them by that name until I was an adult). However, in my early twenties I tasted a few new twists on the traditional recipe that caught my attention. Both of these recipes used herbs from my garden and tasted "summery." Feel free to try them out this summer!

Basil lemonade

Lavender lemonade

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