August 29: Lemon Juice Day

It seems odd to have a Fun Food Holiday for an item that few people enjoy consuming directly. But when you think about the important role that lemon juice plays in today’s cooking, you realize that Lemon Juice Day is not a bad idea! It’s used in cocktails, lemonade, iced tea and other beverages. And it’s used as an ingredient in many food recipes, or as a garnish with seafood and more.

When life gives you lemons, make…anything!

One of the things I’m excited to try is my favorite summer beverage — lemonade, and I know I’m not alone in that preference! Lemonade is as easy to make as they come, traditionally made with just freshly squeezed lemons, water, and sugar. Click here for my recipe.

Lemon juice is also a crucial component to many bar drinks, not the least of which is a lemon drop martini, or a lemonade lush cocktail, a whiskey sour, and a bloody mary.

Lemon juice is also needed for many baked goods like Lemon SquaresLemon Meringue Pie, Lemonade cookies, and Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, or other yummy culinary treats like, lemon curd, Lemon Chicken, and lemon sorbet.

There are also a lot of things you can do around the house with the help of lemon juice, including using it as an air freshener, a degreaser, and for cleaning wooden cutting boards. I like to toss a quartered lemon down my garbage disposal after I’ve run some ice through it to help freshen it up, and my grandpa used to use a bit of lemon juice on a Q-tip for cuts and scrapes.

What are your favorite lemon juice uses?

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