TASTY TUESDAY: Deb’s Frozen Lemonade a long-standing tradition during hot weather

Deb's Frozen Lemonade has been around for more than 40 years, with a recipe that dates back more than a century.

CAVE SPRING, Va. – “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

It’s no doubt that life has handed us more than just lemons in recent months, and that held Deb Castelli from opening up Deb’s Frozen Lemonade again in the spring.

Castelli spoke of her employees, saying, “If something were to happen, if they were to get sick, I would never get over it. I didn’t know whether to open.”

Now, after the hottest July on record in the Roanoke Valley, business has picked back up for Deb’s Frozen Lemonade. The community is grateful to have Deb’s back open, as it’s been around the Valley since the late 1970s.

It all started with what Castelli says, “...wasn’t a good idea.”

“I went to college when I was 16.”

Using the funds saved for college, Deb’s father opened up shop in 1977 in Vinton. The rest, you could say, is history. The recipe for frozen lemonade, however, dates back to a time when Babe Ruth was slinging homers and hot dogs at Yankees Stadium.

Castelli’s Italian grandmother made Italian ice.


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