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What does natural lemonade look like? Casino Limonade traditionelle

When Sam mentioned that she needed a pretty bottle to take “product shots” of for a class, Speedy bought a bottle of Casino Limonade traditionelle.

But that’s not Sam’s photo. I took all the photos in this post as the ones she took, she had to submit to her teacher and I don’t want to use them until Sam says it’s okay. I respect intellectual property rights, you know, unlike some Philippine senators.

Anyway, what’s so special about the bottle of Casino Limonade? Casino Limonade traditionelle

The top. I’m not sure if that qualifies as a “cork” (it is plastic but a lot of wine bottle corks these days aren’t real cork but a mixture of cork and plastic) but it is interesting — similar to the one we saw at that restaurant with the awful food several weeks ago.

More than a week after Sam took her “product shots”, the bottle remained unopened. Then, yesterday, Speedy chilled the limonade and before opening it, he asked if I was going to take photos. Well, of course, I was. I wouldn’t pass up on the chance to take more liquid pour photos.

Plus, the bottle top is interesting enough to write about. At least, I thought so until I actually started composing this post. I was cropping the photos when it hit me — some know-it-all will surely comment that real lemonade is yellow. Well. That is more interesting to write about. No, natural lemonade is not yellow. Not even pale yellow. Casino Limonade traditionelle

The zest of the lemon is yellow but its juice is not. Don’t just take my word for it — cut a lemon, squeeze out the juice and see for yourself. It is off-white and slightly cloudy in appearance. It might pass off as very, very, veryyyyy pale yellow but certainly not the bright yellow that you get from vendo machines. Not the kind of yellow that you get when you mix powdered lemonade with water either. And when you make lemonade with fresh lemon juice and you add sugar and water (or soda water), the cloudiness is diluted and the mixed liquid becomes almost clear. Casino Limonade traditionelle

Am I saying that the liquid from the bottle of Casino Limonade traditionelle is natural lemonade. No. I can’t read French but the list of ingredients on the label was longer than what would be the equivalent of soda water, lemon juice and sugar. So, no.

My intention really is to point out that there’s very little that’s natural about the “lemonade” that one can buy in the grocery or pump out of a vendo machine. Surprisingly or not, a lot of people think that the more colorful a “juice drink”, the more natural fruit juice it contains. No. Quite often, the color is not fruit juice — it’s food coloring. Food coloring (which has no nutritional value whatsoever) is added to make a drink more visually appealing. Nothing more and nothing less.

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