Glass of cloudy lemonade, typical in the US

Lemonade can be any one of a variety of sweetened beverages found throughout the world, but which are traditionally all characterized by a lemon flavor.[1]

Most lemonade varieties can be separated into two distinct types: cloudy or clear; each is known simply as "lemonade" (or a cognate) in countries where dominant.[2] Cloudy lemonade, generally found in North America and South Asia, is traditionally a homemade drink using lemon juice, water, and a sweetener such as cane sugar or honey.[3] In the United Kingdom and Australia, clear lemonade, which is typically also carbonated, dominates.[2]

A popular cloudy variation is pink lemonade, made with added fruit flavors such as raspberry or strawberry giving the drink its distinctive pink color.[4]

The suffix "-ade" may also be applied to other similar drinks made with different fruits, such as limeade, orangeade, or cherryade.[5]

Alcoholic varieties are known as hard lemonade.

In some countries, the name "lemonade" is also used for other, non-lemon flavored drinks (carbonated or not), such as the German "Orangenlimonade".[6]


As lemons and sugarcane are native to India, the Indians first consumed a type of lemonade called nimbu pani.[7]

British Formula One motor racing driver Jackie Stewart drinking carbonated lemonade in 1969
Children operating a lemonade stand in La Cañada Flintridge, California, 1960

The earliest written evidence of lemonade has been found in Egypt, dated to around AD 1000. It is believed that the fruit was introduced from Asia around AD 700.[8] Here, a drink made with lemons, dates, and honey was enjoyed by peasants, and bottles of lemon juice with sugar, known as qatarmizat were imported and consumed locally.[9]

In 1676, a company known as Compagnie de Limonadiers was founded in Paris.[10] Having been granted monopoly rights to sell lemonade, vendors roamed the streets serving the drink in cups from tanks on their backs.

While carbonated water had been invented by Joseph Priestley in 1767, the first reference found to carbonated lemonade was in 1833 where the drink was widely available in British refreshment stalls.[11] R. White's Lemonade, which is now produced and sold by Britvic, has been sold in the UK since 1845.[12]

Other Languages
العربية: شراب الليمون
asturianu: Llimonada
azərbaycanca: Limonad
башҡортса: Лимонад
беларуская: Ліманад
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Ліманад
български: Лимонада
Boarisch: Kracherl
bosanski: Limunada
català: Llimonada
Чӑвашла: Лимонад
Cymraeg: Lemonêd
dansk: Limonade
Deutsch: Limonade
eesti: Limonaad
Ελληνικά: Λεμονάδα
español: Limonada
Esperanto: Limonado
euskara: Limonada
français: Limonade
galego: Limoada
한국어: 레모네이드
հայերեն: Լիմոնադ
hrvatski: Limunada
Bahasa Indonesia: Limun (minuman)
italiano: Limonata
עברית: לימונדה
қазақша: Лимонад
Ladino: Limonata
Latina: Limonata
Lëtzebuergesch: Limonad
lietuvių: Limonadas
Livvinkarjala: Limonuadu
magyar: Limonádé
македонски: Лимонада
Nederlands: Limonade (drank)
日本語: レモネード
norsk: Limonade
occitan: Limonada
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Limonad
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਸ਼ਿਕੰਜਵੀ
polski: Lemoniada
português: Limonada
română: Limonadă
русский: Лимонад
Scots: Skoosh
Simple English: Lemonade
سنڌي: سڪنجبين
српски / srpski: Лимунада
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Limunada
Türkçe: Limonata
українська: Лимонад
اردو: سکنجبین
吴语: 柠檬水
粵語: 檸檬水
中文: 檸檬水