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is a popular soft drink
A soft drink is a non-alcoholic beverage that typically contains water , a sweetener, and a flavoring agent...
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...
. Lemonade in Ireland comes in three varieties - red, brown and white. All three are lemon-flavoured, but there is a marked difference in taste between the varieties. Red lemonade is one of the most popular mixers used with spirits
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in Ireland, particularly Whiskey. Major brands of red lemonade include: TK (Taylor Keith), Country Spring, Finches and Nash's. Red Lemonade is frequently quoted in the top ten things that Irish expatriate
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s miss about the country.
In Northern Ireland, there is Brown lemonade
Brown lemonade is a lemonade sold in Northern Ireland alongside the more recognisable "white lemonade".There is a slight difference in taste between the two, however the main difference is that brown colouring is used to alter its appearance....
as well as red. This is also lemon-flavoured but with a different taste to the white variety. Brands include Maine, Yacht and C&C (Cantrell & Cochrane). C&C label this as "Witches Brew" in the weeks around Halloween. TK is also widely available.
Popular urban myths include:
- Red lemonade is only available in Ireland due to the abundance of red haired children which play a vital role in the creation of the soft drink.
- Red lemonade only exists in Ireland as the chemical used to make it red is banned elsewhere in the world due to the carcinogens. The contention of the myth is that the chemical in it is carcinogenic and banned in all other EU countries.