Oriental Lemonade, The Legendary Lemonade of Five Generations
“Please, drink the ‘steamy’ lemonade…” said the host with pride while entertaining his guests during Lebaran (Moslem’s New Year). Yes, tens of years ago, the clinking of these lemonade bottles had its own prestige. It’s a luxury drink that can not be bought by commoners.
This Javanese nobles’ (priyayi) drink–almost a century old–has waded the tides of the times. As the pioneer of the first bottled drink in the island, Limun Oriental Cap Nyonya reached its glory in 1980.
As glorious as acquiring almost all refrigerators of Pekalongan people during Lebaran. Yes, this special bottled drink became the guest star for this annual celebration.
Steamy lemonade. This was how the citizens of Pekalongan called this legendary drink at the time. Made from citric acid, juice, and carbon dioxide, this lemonade appears ‘steamy’.
It was Mrs. Njoo Giek Lien who found Limun Oriental Cap Nyonya. The difference between this Oriental lemonade compared to other imported fizzy drinks lies in the sugar content. The sugar content in the lemonade was less than the other popular soft drinks at the time. The sweetness was more fitting to the local taste.
“We use pure sugar, so this lemonade does not cause any sore throats,” said Bernardi Sanyoto, the fifth generation of Limun Oriental Cap Nyonya.
This lemonade factory has been operating since the year 1923, and has produced a variety of flavours, such as mocha, pineapple, framboze, orange, soursop, lemon, as well as plain tonic water. The thirst-quenching drink also has a friendly price.
With less than $1, a bottle of Limun Oriental Cap Nyonya can be brought home, along with the glass bottle. If we’re drinking it on site, the price would be even cheaper.
Cheap and festive!