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.
7 thoughts on “Brown Lemonade.”
Does it taste like proper lemonade?
I bet the tune “Milk, milk, lemonade… round the corner chocolate’s made” has to include an extra line “Also brown lemonade can be found round the corner especially if you have had a dodgy kebab the bight before”
I know it doesn’t rhyme, but I’m not sure that brown lemonade deserves a rhyme.
I feel a bit ill now….
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Don’t give up your day job! Haha. It has an extra tang to it. Just a little extra bite to the taste. There’s nothing wrong with brown lemonade. Don’t be a soft drink racist! Haha
Im here because of Mr H about, it is entirely his fault even if he says it is all a lie. Brown lemonade sounds cool to me and good luck with writing that novel, it was always my plan but I got distracted by many other things.
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Thank-you Rob. The novel, well it’s going to be a fun experience whether I succeed or fail. Either way I intend to enjoy it!
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I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.
I’ve had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.
I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted just trying
to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips?