Lemonade is a simple beverage characterized by its lemon flavor. The main ingredients consist of lemon juice, sugar and water.
There are two distinct types of lemonade: cloudy vs. clear. Classic American-style lemonade is considered cloudy lemonade whereas clear lemonade is a carbonated soft drink with lemon flavor typically found in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. You can make your own clear lemonade by adding carbonated water to American-style lemonade to make it fizzy.
Is lemonade healthy? It depends on your definition of healthy. Fresh lemon juice contains high levels of vitamin C and is often considered a detoxifying food that’s good for digestion, but adding it to the large amounts of sugar used to make lemonade, in my opinion, sort of nullifies that. You could use honey, an unrefined sweetener, in place of the sugar as it is sometimes considered a healthier option. But our bodies see all forms of sugar the same. If you’re truly looking for something healthy, you may just want to stick with adding lemon to water, which is, in fact, quite healthy!
Peak lemon season is during the winter months, so making lemonade from scratch is probably freshest during the winter. Not ideal for Midwesterners and others with cold winters, who often see lemonade at potlucks and picnics during the summer.