Eh?? Brown lemonade? Lemonade? That’s brown?? No way?!
Yes, it’s true. One of Northern Ireland’s most popular soft drinks in fact.
So, where did it come from? What are it’s origins? It is generally accepted as fact in Northern Ireland that brown lemonade began its life in the shipyards of Harland & Wolff, shipbuilders of the world renowned Titanic.
But….. why?? The answer to that is simple. The owners banned the consumption of alcohol (spirits) during working hours. Ale’s were allowed as they were considered a ‘feminine’ drink.
The workers, common local people from Belfast, were inventive. They dyed lemonade with brown sugar to make it look like the ‘feminine’ ales and used it as the mixer for their spirits. And thus, brown lemonade was born!
These days, brown lemonade is sold purely as a soft drink and is rarely, if ever used as a mixer for spirits.