Set up your own lemonade stand
Monday, May 24, 2010
When life gives you lemons...or a nice summer day...make lemonade! Some tips for getting the most juice from your setup.
- Pick a good, safe location. If your house isn't on a street with lots of foot traffic, try one of these ideas: church or temple parking lots after worship services, Little League baseball or soccer games, the local supermarket, outside your community swimming pool or recreation center. Make sure to get permission first.
- Wash hands, tie back long hair and wear a clean apron to protect clothing from spills.
- Have plenty of ice on hand in an insulated cooler. Use a ladle or tongs-not kids' hands!-to serve ice. Use plastic or paper cups and keep a covered garbage can nearby for trash.
- Get attention! Decorate your stand with brightly colored balloons, streamers and pinwheels.
- Have a sturdy box with a lid to hold your money. You'll need a small bank to start so that you can make change.
- Be polite and cheerful. Smile at your customers and thank them for stopping by, even if they don't buy anything.
Here's a recipe to get you started:
- 6 lemons, juiced
- 1 cup sugar, or to taste
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 lemon, cut into slices
- Ice cubes
In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice and sugar; stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. For pink lemonade variation, add a few drops of red food coloring or grenadine syrup. For honeyed lemonade variation, substitute honey to taste for the sugar. For more recipes, go to sunkist.com/takeastand/success. Tips and recipe courtesy of Sunkist.