In many western European countries, the term limonade, from which the term “lemonade” is derived, originally applied to unsweetened water or carbonated soda water with lemon juice added, although several versions of sugar sweetened limonade have arrived on store shelves. The French word limonade, which originally referred to unsweetened lemon-flavoured water or carbonated soda, has since come to mean “soft drink,” regardless of flavor, in many countries.
The first marketed [non-carbonated] soft drinks in the Western world appeared in the 17th century. They were made from water and lemon juice sweetened with honey. In 1676, the Compagnie des Limonadiers of Paris was granted a monopoly for the sale of lemonade soft drinks. Vendors carried tanks of lemonade on their backs and dispensed cups of the soft drink to thirsty Parisians.
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