Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

This Car Breaks for Lemonade ; Summer's Favorite Thirst Quencher

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

This Car Breaks for Lemonade ; Summer's Favorite Thirst Quencher

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I make it a habit to stop at every lemonade stand I spot. It's not just that I still recall the thrill of customers patronizing my own childhood stands, or that I can't resist making some kid's day. Those are both strong motivating factors. But ultimately, I just love the stuff. On a sweltering summer day, nothing's tastier or more thirst-quenching.

A little research reveals that I'm just one of a long history of lemonade lovers. The Crusaders discovered the lemon, a native of Asia, in Palestine and spread lemonade throughout the Christian world. And it's been reported that in 1492, Queen Isabella served Christopher Columbus a cold glass of lemonade while chatting about his voyage. Smitten, he then brought lemon seeds on one of his journeys to the Caribbean, from which they eventually made their way to what is now Florida. They still grow there, although most of the US lemon supply is from California.

These days, the powdered-mix and frozen-concentrate varieties have squeezed out fresh lemonade. …

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