7/16/15 ChefElla's Fruity Lemonade

At some time or another every kid has had the same dream during the summer.  Open a lemonade stand, cause a traffic jam, and make a million dollars in one afternoon.  While some people made a few dollars, most of us drank more lemonade then we sold.  The fun part of the lemonade stand is the dream, make something from scratch, sell something, and make your own money.  While many lemonade stands have changed from making a profit to giving the profits to charity, the dream is still the same.  Whatever your reason for starting your own lemonade stands it is a great opportunity for you to make your first product yourself.  To make my lemonade stand different I added some fun ingredients fresh fruits and fruity cubes.  So make your lemonade stand different too with your favorite fruit.

1.     Wash your hands.

2.     For this recipe you will need measuring cups and spoons, a whisk, a knife, a cutting board, a plastic pitcher, a small bowl, small storage bowls with lids or small plastic storage bags, a large container with lid or a large plastic storage bag, 8 oz. paper cups, a tongs, and a cooler.

If you are not allowed to use a knife by yourself you can ask an adult to help.

ChefElla’s Fruity Lemonade ( ¼ gal or about 5 cups)

4 Cups    Water

¾ Cup      Lemon Juice, Fresh Squeezed is best (4-5 lemons)

                  -If you use store bought lemon juice you may need to add extra water or sugar.

¾ Cup      Cane Sugar

Fruity Lemonade Fresh Fruits

Diced Watermelon, Raspberries, Blueberries, Cherries cut in ¼, Diced Peaches, Strawberries cut in ¼, Black Berries, Diced Pineapple, or any of your favorite fruits.

Fruity Cubes

You can also make fruity cubes for your lemonades.  Fill your ice tray ½ full with fresh fruit pieces, fill with water and freeze.  When the fruit cubes are frozen you can serve them in your lemonade.  Put fruity cubes in a re-sealable plastic bag in your freezer to keep fresh.

3.     Cut Lemons in half.  Using a juicer or your hands squeeze the lemon juice into your small bowl.  Remove the seeds with a small spoon.  Do not refrigerate your lemons it will make them very hard to juice.

4.     To make your lemonade take a large plastic pitcher or bowl and add water, lemon juice, and cane sugar. 

5.     Mix with a whisk for 2-3 minutes or until all of the sugar is dissolved into the liquid.  You should not be able to see the sugar granules in the liquid when it is done.   If your juice is too sour but is sweet enough add a little more water until it is to your liking.  If it is too sweet but not tart add a little more lemon juice.  Put lemonade in the refrigerator.

6.     Wash and dice up your fruit and put into your small bowls or bags.  If you are going to make Fruity Cubes you should make them the night before, or early in the morning.

7.     For your lemonade stand.  Fill your large container with ice.  Fill the bottom of your cooler with ice to keep everything cold.  Put your ice container, and fresh fruit, or fruity cubes into your cooler.

8.     Take your lemonade and cooler to your lemonade stand and wait for all of your customers.

9.     To make lemonade, use your tongs to put 3-4 ice cubes in a cup.  Add 1 heaping tablespoon of diced fruit or two to three fruit pieces and fill with lemonade.  If you are using fruity cubes, using your tongs, add two fruity cubes and two ice cubes to your cup and fill with lemonade.



Ella's Helpers

Ella's helpers can do almost everything in this recipe.

If your helpers are older they can even cut the fruits.