Red lemonade (Irish: Líomanáid dearg) is a soft drink in Ireland. Lemonade in Ireland comes in three varieties – red, brown and white. All three are lemon-flavoured, but there is a marked difference in taste between the varieties. Red lemonade is one of the most popular mixers used with spirits in Ireland, particularly in whiskey. Major brands of red lemonade include: TK (formerly Taylor Keith), Country Spring, Finches and Nash’s. Other brands include Maine, Yacht and C&C (Cantrell & Cochrane). C&C label this as “Witches Brew” in the weeks around Hallowe’en. Red lemonade is frequently quoted in the top ten things that Irish expatriates miss about Ireland. There was an urban myth that European Union authorities had banned red lemonade but the truth was simply that they had banned a cancer-causing dye.
What exactly is Red Lemonade??
Red lemonade is a sweet, fizzy, lemon-flavored drink that is most commonly associated with the country of Ireland. Even though this beverage is red and not pale yellow or white like most traditional types of lemonade, it does still have a lemon-flavored taste. The actual ingredients are normally kept secret by many of the companies that produce it, but some of the cheaper varieties tend to use artificial sweeteners for flavoring rather than actual sugar.
The Irish often use the drink as a mixer for different types of whiskey, although some people do use it as a stand-alone drink. Red lemonade is so popular to use as a drink mixer in Ireland that the majority of pubs have it available on tap for their patrons. In addition to the red form of this drink, white and brown lemonade also exist in Ireland.
In Ireland, white lemonade generally refers to standard, non-fizzy lemonade. Unlike the red variety, white lemonade is typically available in most countries, although the Irish may be the only group of people who refer to it as white. Many people make white lemonade at home out of lemons, water, and sugar, and it is also possible to buy it ready-made. Some types of ready-made white lemonade are carbonated, while other types are not. Homemade white lemonade is typically not carbonated.