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Is Your Lemonade Stand Illegal?

Is Your Lemonade Stand Illegal?

It is an American tradition to run a lemonade stand when you are a kid.  Mixing up a huge jug of delicious ice cold lemonade either from scratch or from a powder, setting up your little table, carefully crafting your sign, and feeling so professional when people actually gave you money for something you made! It’s a classic summer activity. But in recent years, states have been tightening their food production and safety laws and what licenses you need to sell homemade goods.  So in many states Lemonade Stands have actually become illegal!

Every state’s laws regarding this are different and they each refer to the act of selling lemonade as something different.  In Texas its “peddling” and one requires a $150 peddling permit and kitchen inspection, in Georgia you need business and food permits which are 50$ a day, in Oregon you have to obtain an $120 temporary restaurant license and the list goes on. 

It seems unreasonable to ask kids to pay such large sums of money to sell Lemonade, but the laws are rooted with the public interest in mind.  Most of the laws are based upon the fact that for unregistered food stands there is no information on the kitchen where the food was made.  For public health it is important to regulate the cleanliness of the kitchens where the Lemonade was made.

It’s a tough topic to form an opinion on because it is such an American tradition and a lovable pastime but of course public health is important.  There are benefits and drawbacks, and strong arguments on both sides! We will see how this all pans out and if any laws are changed. Until then you can sit back and enjoy Long Island Brand Beverages’ Lemonade line. Don’t worry we have all the permits and licenses required! 

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Recipe Time: Easy Lemonade Popsicles

Recipe Time: Easy Lemonade Popsicles

Summer is quickly approaching which means the days are going to get longer and hotter! Sometimes on a hot summer day the perfect thing is a popsicle.   The best thing about popsicles is how versatile they are! Any juice, smoothie or drink can be made into a popsicle! All you need are the molds J So we thought what about making some Original Long Island Iced Tea Lemonades popsicles? Sounds like a great idea!

Our recommendation to make these popsicles even better is to chop up some fruit and add it to the mold. Cherries with cherry lemonade, strawberries with our Strawberry Lemonade, Peach with the Peach Lemonade…Or be bold and mix it up!

Here is the incredibly simple recipe for some amazing summer desserts:

  • Add the fruit to the mold and then pour in the lemonade
  • Put in the stick or the base
  • Let it freeze

Tip: When it is ready, to get it out run the mold under some warm water

There you have it: a delicious and refreshing summer treat!

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All About Teas

All About Teas

It seems like tea can be made from just about anything! That’s what makes it so great, the huge variety of tea that exists! Not just the extra flavorings such as ginger, lemon, or hibiscus but in actual tea as well. The differences are so subtle so its very interesting to learn that actually they are very different! So we have made a little fact filled blog post to give you a brief overview of all the wonderful teas in this world.  Get ready to be a tea aficionado!

Black Tea:  Black teas are allowed to oxidize and ferment resulting in dark leaves that have a full robust flavor! It also has a high caffeine content, in comparison to other teas. 

White Tea: Only the youngest shoots of the tea plant are used which result in the most delicate, subtle and complex teas.  They are not oxidized or fermented.  When they are brewed properly, at a low temperature and a short steeping time, they result in a very low caffeine level.  

Green Tea:  The oxidation process is stopped very quickly when the leaves are heated.  When brewed at lower temperatures green teas has a lower caffeine content than black teas.  Green teas are admired for their subtleties and variety of undertones.   

Yellow Tea: This type of tea is very similar to green tea except the leaves go through an extra step of production where the damp leaves are “sweltered,” meaning closed in a container, for six to eight hours.  

Matcha: This is a powdered green tea that is originally from Japan.  The leaves are grown in the shade for three weeks before they are plucked.  This results in a higher level of chlorophyll, which creates the bright green color.  It has more caffeine than regular green tea because it contains the whole tealeaf.  

Oolong Tea: This tea undergoes a partial oxidation.  Oolong is less robust than black tea and is often compared to fresh flowers or fruit!  The caffeine content falls between black and green tea.  

Dark Tea: This tea is from theHunan and Sichuan provinces of China and is an aged probiotic tea.  This aging process allows the tea to go through a second fermentation process. After it steeps it has a sweet smooth flavor.  

Puer: This is a subset of Dark Tea, so it is also an aged tea from China. Until 1995 it was illegal to import into the US and the process to produce is still kept secret!  It is very strong, with a rich deep flavor but no bitterness.

So now that you are a tea expert, the next time you take a sip of a delicious Long Island Iced Tea you can impress your friends with your tea knowledge! 

Check out these tea blogs for more facts: 

https://www.teabox.com/blog/tea101/tea-processing-techniques-classification-tea

https://www.teasource.com/pages/types-of-tea

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How Lemonade Turned Pink

How Lemonade Turned Pink

Most of us grew up with Pink Lemonade in our lives.  It was just the more fun version of Lemonade! It never seemed weird or nonsensical that it was pink, just cute! But when you do get thinking about Pink Lemonade there is no real reason why it should be pink.  I mean Pink Lemonade, although sometimes flavored with strawberries, cranberries or cherries, is usually just normal lemonade that has just been dyed pink with red food coloring.  Why does this make sense? Why red food coloring and not purple? How did this drink become such a sensation?

Well the origins of Pink Lemonade are actually kind of muddled.  There are two rival stories circulating the Internet.  The first says that in 1857 Pete Conklin, who was a concessions salesman at the circus, ran out of lemonade one day.  While he was rushing around trying to replace it he saw a bin full of pink water where a performer had just cleaned her pink tights! Rather than losing business he decided to sell this wash water and surprisingly it was a hit!

The other story also involves the circus but takes place in 1873.  Henry E. Allot a circus promoter was mixing up a batch of lemonade to sell and accidentally dropped a few red cinnamon candies into the batch turning it pink! He sold it anyway and was delighted at how much the customers loved it!

For the sake of our stomachs I prefer the second story. Although cinnamon and lemonade do not sound very compatible at least it was not wash water! But either way we are happy that pink lemonade got its start, no matter how it really began, because it is undeniable fun and cute! That’s why we decided to include a Pink Lemonade in our new line of Lemonades.  Also don’t worry we only use fruit and vegetable juice to color our Pink Lemonade, no candies or tights allowed! 

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Amazing Health Benefits of Black Tea

Amazing Health Benefits of Black Tea

Currently green tea seems to be the trendiest tea with the most health benefits associated with it. While it is true that green tea is incredibly good for you, black tea should not be forgotten! Black tea offers numerous amazing health benefits including lowering high cholesterol, high blood pressure and improving tooth decay, digestive problems, poor blood circulation, and asthma. 

Black tea has tannins which have a relaxing effect on the digestive system of the human body which makes it a great solution when your digestive system is upset.  Black tea also has theaflavins which help destroy abnormal cells in the body before they turn into cancerous cells. In addition to these benefits black tea has also been found to open airways in asthmatic people especially when drunken hot, reduce cholesterol levels and decrease risk of contracting heart ailments. 

The way that black tea is processed makes it as healthy as it is.  Unlike green or white tea, it is fermented and oxidized allowing unique qualities of the tea to develop.  All of these positive aspects make it unsurprising that it is one of the most popular drinks all over the world. Plus it is delicious! It is for all these reasons that we use black tea in nine out of ten of our refreshing iced tea flavors! If you want to learn more about black tea check out https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-black-tea.html and if you want to try some delicious black tea pick up your favorite flavor of Long Island Iced Tea today!

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