In this series, we reveal the secrets, histories and quirky bits of trivia behind your favorite foods.
Ever stop to wonder why pink lemonade exists, when lemons are definitely never pink? While today the summertime staple gets its color from strawberries, raspberries, cherries, grenadine or red dye, the drink may have originally gotten its pinkish hue from an entirely inedible source.
One theory of how lemonade first turned pink is that in the mid-1800s, Henry E. Allott, who literally ran away to join the circus at the age of 15, was making lemonade at his concessions stand when he accidentally dumped a box of red cinnamon candies into the vat. Allott decided to sell the rosy-hued concoction, to great success.