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lemonade n : sweetened beverage of diluted lemon juice

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  • /ˌlɛmənˈeɪd/
  • /%lEm@n"eId/
    Rhymes: -eɪd


lemon + -ade


  1. A still beverage consisting of lemon and sugar, sometimes ice, and water, used mainly as a refreshment.
  2. A carbonated beverage made from lemon or artificial lemon flavouring/flavoring, water and sugar.


still beverage
carbonated beverage

Extensive Definition

Lemonade is a lemon-flavored soft drink.
The term can refer to two different types of beverage. In the U.S., Canada and Italy, lemonade refers to an uncarbonated mixture of lemon juice, sugar and water. In India, lemonade (commonly known as nimbu paani) may also contain salt.
In the UK, Australia, New Zealand and much of the rest of the world, the term mainly refers to a colourless, carbonated, sweet soft drink containing either natural or artificial lemon flavor, such as Schweppes Lemonade - (7 Up and Sprite are similar but are lemon-lime flavoured and so arguably not 'lemonade').


The French word limonade, which originally referred to a lemon-flavoured drink, has since come to mean "soft drink," regardless of flavour, in many languages.
In the UK, the suffix 'ade' means a carbonated sweet soft drink; hence lemonade, limeade, orangeade, cherryade etc.
The term "depression lemonade" refers to the practice of asking for a glass of water with lemon at a restaurant, then squeezing the lemon into the water and mixing in sugar packets to make free lemonade.
American-style lemonade exists in the UK as a 'homemade' drink (also called lemonade or "lemon crush"), but is only rarely sold commercially under that name. A carbonated version is commonly sold commercially as 'cloudy' or 'traditional' lemonade. There are also similar uncarbonated products, lemon squash and lemon barley water, both of which are usually sold as a syrup which is diluted to taste.
In Ireland, lemonade refers to the carbonated, lemon-flavored soft drink but is further sub-divided into white lemonade and red lemonade. White lemonade equates to the colourless fizzy lemonade common in many countries, while red lemonade is particular to Ireland. Red lemonade differs slightly in taste from white lemonade and is either drunk neat or as part of a whiskey mixer.

Pink lemonade

Conventionally, pink lemonade is coloured with grenadine.
The Greeks were the first to have pink lemonade. They made this so that while the adults were having wine at celebrations, the children would also have a special treat. When the Greeks dyed the lemonade pink by adding wine, the common myth in the community was that this drink was made from pink lemons that grew in a forest that no man could enter and come out alive. They made the children believe that these magical pink lemons were brought back by a noble king.
The New York Times, however, credited Henry E. "Bunk Allen" Allott, as the inventor in his obituary:
At 15 he ran away with a circus and obtained the lemonade concession. One day while mixing a tub of the orthodox yellow kind he dropped some red cinnamon candies in by mistake. The resulting rose-tinted mixture sold so surprisingly well that he continued to dispense his chance discovery.


U.S. lemonade is usually sold as a summer refresher. It is commonly available at fairs and festivals, often as a "lemon shakeup" with the shell of the squeezed lemon left in the cup. Lemonade was also the traditional mixer in a Tom Collins, but today it is commonly replaced by a bar mix.
UK-style lemonade and beer produce a shandy. Lemonade is also an important ingredient in the Pimm's Cup cocktail, and a popular drink mixer.

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lemonade in Bavarian: Kracherl
lemonade in Bulgarian: Лимонада
lemonade in Catalan: Llimonada
lemonade in Welsh: Lemonêd
lemonade in Danish: Limonade
lemonade in German: Limonade
lemonade in Spanish: Limonada
lemonade in French: Limonade
lemonade in Hebrew: לימונדה
lemonade in Dutch: Limonade (drank)
lemonade in Japanese: レモネード
lemonade in Norwegian: Limonade
lemonade in Simple English: Lemonade
lemonade in Serbian: Лимунада
lemonade in Finnish: Sitruunasooda
lemonade in Turkish: Limonata
lemonade in Chinese: 檸檬水
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