Lemonade has been enjoyed throughout the world for many years.

The history of the lemon is hard to ascertain due to its adaptability and similarities to other citrus fruits, but historians believe it was around before the time of Christ.


The lemon, which has the Latin name ‘Citrus limon’ comes from a small evergreen tree. The fruit is extremely versatile and is used in many culinary dishes throughout the world, as well as in cleaning products and as an ingredient in many skincare products. A lemon is approximately 6% citric acid which is what gives it its distinctive sour taste.

Many well-known drinks and dishes are derived from the lemon, the most popular are arguably lemon meringue pie and restaurants and bars up and down the country are ordering it for their bar from post mix suppliers.

Drinks and food

The first evidence of the lemon being written about is from the early tenth century in an Arabic book on farming. In the fourteenth century, Egyptian peasants drank drinks using a variety of ingredients including wine made from date and honey, barley and mint and citron leaf. Mixing drinks with different flavours is as popular today as it was then and companies such as post-mix suppliers Empire UK post mix suppliers offer a variety of mixer drinks for every occasion.

Health and environment

In recent times, lemon juice had been used to enhance health and wellbeing, but it was first used for health in 1747 when seamen suffering from scurvy had lemon juice added to their diets.

Lemons, along with other citrus fruits are not the culprits of the current war on food packaging. Their hard skin has seen them sold loose in supermarkets, with no need for any additional food bags. The public is becoming much more aware of the environmental issues surrounding food packaging and looking for alternative solutions

Written evidence suggests that the actual lemonade drink may have originated from medieval Egypt. A Persian poet and traveller named Nasir-I’Khusraw, who is thought to have been born in 1003, left a written account of his life in Egypt which references lemonade. Documents also show that during the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, the medieval Jewish community drank lemon juice with sugar, which they not only enjoyed themselves but also exported.