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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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America's Lemonade Love Affair

America's Lemonade Love Affair

Ever since lemonade immigrated to America in the 18th century from Europe, a true love affair between America and lemonade has developed.  There is no other drink that is more connected to American summers than lemonade.  It is rare to find a child that did not have a lemonade stand growing up. Maybe this is fading out of fashion, but even this summer I drove or walked by and personally patronized multiple lemonade stands run by young American entrepreneurs. Lemonade is American classic, but why is it so popular and so connected with the stars and stripes and summer time? 

The first evidence of “lemonade” was actually in Egypt.  But this delicious drink soon spread to Europe and by the mid-1600s there were “limonadiers” selling lemonade on the streets of Paris.  In America, lemonade exploded in popularity during the 1849 California Gold Rush as a way to fend off scurvy in the malnourished miners.  Lemons contain high levels of Vitamin C that fights off this traditionally maritime disease.  It was lucky for those miners that lemon trees grew so well in the California climate, and in fact to this day 90% of America’s lemons come from California!

In the Victorian Era lemonade became a popular alternative to alcohol, and fans of this idea included First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes. She actually became known as “Lemonade Lucy” because served lemonade during events after her banning of alcohol in the White House during her husband’s terms from 1877-1881.  

With first lady and presidential endorsement, lemonade grew in popularity and has remained popular all the way till today! There have been different ingredients that have had fleeting stints of popularity, egg white and milk for example, but I think the beauty of this drink lies in its simplicity.  Only three ingredients can create such a delicious and complex beverage. 

All of this is why we were so excited to create our Long Island Brand Lemonade’s and be a part of this American tradition and make delicious lemonade of course!

Also check out http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/when-life-hands-you-lemons-make-qatarzimat for more facts on the history of lemonade! 

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Born and Brewed in Long Island

Born and Brewed in Long Island

Long Island is more than just Manhattan’s neighbor, the home of the Hamptons, and where the infamous Gatsby’s parties were held; it is also the home of Long Island Iced Tea!  Since day one Long Island Iced Tea has truly been a Long Island Brand.  Our founder is a proud Long Islander and every one of our bottles rolls through our assembly line on Long Island itself. Because of our deep Long Island roots we created our tea with beach days and busy people in mind. 

The beach is a huge part of Long Island and a huge part of our hearts.  So when we set out to create our tasty teas, we also wanted to make a beverage that would fit into that culture. We think we did a pretty good job at achieving that goal because our delicious fruit flavors and energizing tea mixes are the perfect beach day fuel! Pre or post surf, a Long Island Iced tea is a great boost!

But as our company grows we are also getting more involved in the Long Island community.  Most recently we partnered with the Nassau Coliseum and became their official Iced Tea provider! The Nassau Coliseum site will be a hub for sports, concerts, and entertainment for all ages! And we are so excited to be a part of it! Through this partnership and future partnerships we want to support Long Island businesses and our local community because we are not planning to leave our birthplace anytime soon.  

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From the Leaf to a Perfect Glass of Iced Tea

From the Leaf to a Perfect Glass of Iced Tea

How is Tea Made?

Learn from Long Island Iced Tea how your tea is made from the leaf all the way to your perfect glass of iced tea.

Did you know that all tea is made from the same plant? Yes, that’s right, black, green, and white teas start off pretty much the same, and it’s what happens during the tea production process that transforms them.  

Black tea is the most common tea used, and is used in all of Long Island Iced Tea’s delicious flavors. There are two ways of making it: the “traditional” method and the “CTC” method. Read on to find out more about how tea is made using these two processes.

The Traditional method is the most commonly used. In this process, the tea goes through four stages: withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying. In general, the more oxidized the tea is, the darker it will be, hence the name black tea. Green tea is the least oxidized, so the color of the tea barely changes from the color of the original plant.

Withering

Particularly important for black tea, the leaves are laid out to dry to reduce water content so the leaves can be pliable enough to be rolled.

Rolling

Why are tea leaves so scrunched up?

Traditionally done by hand, but today, machines are used to roll and shape the leaves, and gives our Long Island Iced Tea its distinctive flavor.

Oxidation

A chemical process that is easiest to observe by looking at the color of the leaf. Black teas are the most oxidized as you can see in our rich, dark crimson-brown iced teas.

Drying

Our tea is finally dried to lock in the final flavor that we all enjoy!

Through this delicate process, we created an authentic and refreshing Iced Tea that can be enjoyed in any season. From a welcome light refreshment in the heat of summer, to a fresh treat in the dead of winter to wake you up, Long Island Iced Tea has the drink for you!

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