Maraschino Lemonade

Ingredients:

4 large lemons
12 tablespoons sugar
8 cups water

1 cup maraschino liquor

16
maraschino cherries


Preparation:

  • Take the juice of four lemons and mix with twelve tablespoons of sugar.
  • Add eight cups of cold water and one cup maraschino liquor and mix well. 
  • Rub the serving glass rim with lemon juice and dip into the sugar or use rimming sugar. Add  lemonade, garnish each glass with 2 maraschino cherries and serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings.

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Did You Know?
The lemon was first recorded in literature in a tenth century Arabic treatise on farming, and was also used as an ornamental plant in early Islamic gardens. It was distributed widely throughout the Arab world and the Mediterranean region between AD 1000 and AD 1150.

Lemons entered Europe (near southern Italy) no later than the first century AD, during the time of Ancient Rome. However, they were not widely cultivated. The first real lemon cultivation in Europe began in Genoa in the middle of the fifteenth century. It was later introduced to the Americas in 1493 when Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to Hispaniola along his voyages. Spanish conquest throughout the New World helped spread lemon seeds. It was mainly used as ornament and medicine. In 1700s and late 1800s, lemons were increasingly planted in Florida and California when lemons began to be used in cooking and flavoring.

In 1747, James Lind's experiments on seamen suffering from scurvy involved adding Vitamin C to their diets through lemon juice.