Born in Jamaica, I grew up in the cool hills of rural St. Andrew, in a town called Mt. Friendship, drinking “lemonade” made with limes and brown sugar. In the fertile “gully” where my grandmother grew various produce, limes, oranges and grapefruit were abundant but lemons were few.

The sweet, tart drink, as I remember it, was delicious, refreshing and altogether satisfying. Imagine my surprise, then, when I first asked for lemonade in the United States. What I received in no way resembled what I had come to recognize as lemonade, neither in color, taste nor bouquet were they the same.


Although I later developed a taste for lemons, I really missed the homegrown version of my favorite drink, so I started making it whenever I would find limes at the market. I started making lemonade for my friends whenever I had a gathering at my home and everyone loved it but no one identified it as lemonade.

The misnomer corrected to limeade, I realized that there was a space in the market for a really good limeade, after having unsuccessfully tried to find one for years. Thus, Limation was born.

Charmaine DaCosta, Founder