A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 10, 2010
Strawberry Lemonade

Lemonade has long been a popular summer drink. Strawberry lemonade has been a popular variant, cited in print since at least 1857. Strawberry lemonade has been popular in the circus and might have had a role in the origin of pink lemonade.

In 2010, both Taco Bell and McDonald’s restaurants offered versions of strawberry lemonade.

Wikipedia: Lemonade
Lemonade is a lemon-flavored drink, typically made from lemons, water and sugar.
Many varieties of lemonade exist, such as peach, raspberry, pomegranate, and cranberry.

12 June 1857, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, pg. 2:
Strawberries and Cream.
The first Strawberry party of the season came off at STACY’s last night, and a very fine affair it was. Strawberry Lemonade was handed round early in the evening as a foretaste of what was coming.

23 June 1863, Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC), pg. 1, col. 1 ad:
Cases Raspberry, Pine Apple, and Strawberry lemonade

3 November 1867, New Orleans (LA) Daily Picayune, “New York and Paris Fashions,” pg. 6:
NEW YORK, October, 1867.
The metropolis is putting on winter colors, and very bright and gay they are. From the streets and from the shop windows all signs of summer have departed, and warm, dark tints and thick fabrics have taken their place, as hot roasted chestnuts have replaced the “iced strawberry lemonade” on the popular street stands.

Chronicling America
3 May 1883, Omaha (NE) Daily Bee, “Circus Barnacles,” pg. 5, col. 4:
Strawberry lemonade men make two barrels of the delicious beverage which they sell of 10 cents’ worth of tartaric acid, 5 cents’ worth of salline and two lemons. They make $50 a day each.

Google Books
August 1889, The Unitarian, pg. 391, col. 1:
A new beverage, strawberry lemonade, had a great sale and was rponounced by many, even drinkers, to be better than beer.

Google Books
Cookery craft, as practiced in 1894 by the women of the South Church, St Johnsbury, Vt.
B Mrs. Charles H. Merrill, South Church, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
St. Johnsbury, VT: Press of C.M. Stone
Pg. 150:
1 quart strawberries.
2 lemons.
1 quart water.
1 small cup sugar.
Squeeze the juice from the strawberries and lemons, then add sugar and water. Before serving put chopped ice in the glasses to be used.
MRS. C. B. R.

Google Books
June and July 1900, Boston Cooking-School Magazine, pg. 44, col. 1:
Strawberry Lemonade.
Boil one quart of water and one pint of sugar fifteen minutes; cool and add one pint of strawberry juice, the juice of three lemons, and one pint or more, as desired, of iced water.

2 June 1920, Bridgeport (CT) Telegram, pg. 14, col. 6:
Strawberry Lemonade
2 lemons
1/2 cupful of strawberries
1/2 cupful of sugar
Mash the berries, mix with the lemon juice and sugar and pour over the cracked ice. Mix well with milk or water as preferred. Raspberries, pineapple or other fruits may be used in the same way, but if the more acid fruits are used, soda or plain water is more desirable than milk.

Google Books
May 1921, The Soda Fountain, pg. 72, col. 1:
Strawberry Lemonade
Juice of one lemon, three ounces of strawberry syrup, cracked ice, carbonated water, two ripe strawberries.

OCLC WorldCat record
Strawberry lemonade.
Publisher: Coventry, RI : Suzanne Hatton, [199-]-
Edition/Format:  Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

Chicago (IL) Tribune
McDonald’s drinking in higher profit
2nd-quarter earnings up 12 percent as same-store sales rise for 29th consecutive quarter

July 23, 2010
By Emily Bryson York, Tribune reporter
McDonald’s faces the unenviable task of getting over its own bar. The company expects smoothies and frappes will continue to build strength throughout the summer, and more products are on the way. McDonald’s is testing frozen strawberry lemonade in a handful of markets.

Brand Eating
Friday, August 6, 2010
News: McDonald’s Testing Frozen Strawberry Lemonade
McDonald’s is testing Frozen Strawberry Lemonade as a possible McCafe offering. According to Advertising Age, the frozen drink is being tested in a few markets here and there, including Michigan and Austin, TX.

Seemingly most similar to Taco Bell’s Frutista Freeze, the drink appears to be an icy slush of lemonade with a swirl of strawberry sauce or syrup

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Wednesday, November 10, 2010 • Permalink