Free Lemonade
Credit: Rochelle, just rochelle on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

From the song Mellow Yellow[1] and the soda pop Mello Yello to Alex's Lemonade Stand,[2] anything yellow seems to conjure up happy feelings in the people I know.

Did you know that the yellow smiley face[3] has been around since 1948? We have computer code to add it to text or some simply use the :) symbols to represent it.

Yet, yellow to convey cowardice or treason[4] didn't come to my mind when I first thought about yellow things (on second thought, I might have heard it uttered in a Bugs Bunny episode).

So, I thought I'd present some facts about the color yellow. But wait, I even include three new lemonade recipes and some fabulous tips for those ready to turn lemons into lemonade.[5]

Friends give each other yellow flowers

like daffodils or yellow roses

Daffodil (left image) | Yellow Rose (right image)
Credit: Daffodil by Sarah (antaean on flickr) | Yellow rose by Steve Wilson on flickr / Both photos are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

April showers bring May flowers

In May, the first flowers to bloom are daffodils.[6] The daffodil's trumpet seems to proudly announce that spring will soon become summer. And I often see people wearing daffodil pins from the Canadian Cancer Society.[7]

I can give a yellow rose or daffodil to anyone without worry. A red one means love - and what if the recipient doesn't feel the same? The foremost meaning of gifting a yellow flower is friendship.[8] It also implies that the sender is keen on friendship only. (So no funny stuff, no one gets their hopes up or feels pressured to commit).
My daughter added, "If you get a red one, you might feel like you have to kiss someone . . and that would be yucky!"

Colouring the sun made me happy

Visually, we notice yellow objects first

Art age 4
Credit: slightly everything on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

But my all time favorite yellow thing?


Buddeez Unbreakable 3-1/2-Gallon Beverage Dispenser with Removable Ice-Cone
Credit: Amazon

Buddeez Unbreakable Beverage Dispenser

Keeps lemonade clean and cold (not watered down)

Buddeez Unbreakable 3-1/2-Gallon Beverage Dispenser with Removable Ice-Cone
Amazon Price: $29.99 $21.44 Buy Now
(price as of Mar 15, 2016)
After viewing dispensers of every kind, I settled on this one. My main reason is I like that the ice can be "contained" so it won't water down the lemonade. The last glass of lemonade will taste just as good as the first glass. Plus, I like something with a sealed lid (keeps germs, bugs, pollen, etc. out of the drink). It's a beautiful design - much more inviting than those huge rectangular ones and I love the idea of displaying lemons in the clear base. Made of BPA-free food grade resin, dishwasher-safe, a lever-type spigot, removable ice storing cone, and a secure non-skid base. Measures: 12.1" x 12.1" x 19"

Up next

Tips if you are selling lemonade this summer

Location, location, location. Go to where people are active and be closer than the nearest drinking fountain (or other fluid source). Always have lots of serviettes and a recycling bin handy. Be able to make change for bills and if someone spills their lemonade, offer him or her a free one. They'll tell their family how generous you were and you will get a new customer.

Near a graveyard? Not the best area

I asked her, "How's business?" She said, "Dead."

Graveyard Lemonade Stand
Credit: ninafrazier on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Price reasonably

Whoa, $4.00 for a small lemonade?

Obvious Lemonade Stand
Credit: Jun Seita on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Choose your front line staff wisely

As gorgeous, hip, and trendy as you may be, customers are drawn to well-groomed, neat and tidy staff.

Jar-Jar Binks Sells Lemonade
Credit: Steve Snodgrass on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Offer something extra

Love the sign and sure, I'll eat a green cookie

First lemonade stand | Free cookie with every purchase
Credit: Roebot on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Pick a friendly slogan

Psst, I might work on this one some more

Lemonade stand
Credit: Tirch on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

I love anything with a dual purpose

A sturdy table with a bristol board sign works fine

Serving Table / Barbecue Helper (Currently unavailable)
Credit: Amazon

Lastly, three recipes to choose from

15 minute, 1 hour, or hard lemonade (with alcohol)

I adapted the first recipe based on one I found at Food: Home of the Home Cook.[9] I found it a little on the sweet side, but my daughter loved it. Best thing is, it only took 15 minutes to make. *For adults, you may wish to add the juice from one more lemon.

Quick & Easy Lemonade

Serves: 6 - 8 | Prep: 10 mins | Total: 15 mins

1 cup of lemon juice (about 6 or 7 lemons)*
1 cup of sugar
7 cups of water 
In a 2 litre (or 2 quart) pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge, if desired.

Refreshing 1 Hour Lemonade

Serves: 6 - 8 | Prep: 20 mins | Total: 1 hour 

If you have an hour to chill your lemonade (or are making it the night before), I especially love this recipe (which I tweaked) from Simply Recipes.[10] I used less sugar (about 3/4 cup) and my daughter also loved it.

1 cup of lemon juice (about 6 or 7 lemons)
3/4 cup - 1 cup of sugar
5 - 6 cups of water (plus 1 cup of water to make the syrup)
In a medium saucepan (on med-high heat) dissolve the sugar in one cup of water (stir often). Set aside to cool.
While the syrup is cooling, squeeze the lemons to produce about 1 cup to 1-1/4 cup lemon juice (it's good to have extra on hand if your lemonade is too sweet).
Since my 2 liter pitcher is glass, I added 2 cups of cold water to the syrup (to speed cooling). Then I poured the lemon juice and syrup mixture into the pitcher and added 3 more cups of cold water, stirred well and put it in the fridge for 40 minutes.
Taste and adjust accordingly (you may wish to add more water or lemon juice). Garnish with lime or lemon wheels.

Rose's Hard Lemonade with Mint

I was recently entertaining and wanted something refreshing to serve my guests. So, I decided to check out the LCBO Food and Drink[11] lemonade recipes.

Since I enjoy the refreshing taste of gin and tonic and I like a bit of mint, I decided to combine these two recipes: Gin Mint Lemonade[12] and Long Hard Lemonade.[13] It was a hit and I had to make a second batch the same evening.

Serves: 6 (makes 2 L) | Prep: 15 mins | Total: 30 mins (if using my Quick & Easy Lemonade OR 1 hour and 15 minutes (if using 1 Hour Lemonade)

Fresh mint leaves (need about 4 per drink = 24 leaves)
Pre-made lemonade (use either recipe above)
1 cup of gin (or vodka)
1/3 cup of lemon liqueur (optional)
Soda water (about a 1.5 cups)
3 tbsp. sugar
In a bowl (preferably glass) add about 24 fresh, clean mint leaves (it's okay if there's a bit of moisture on them) and top with 3 tbsp. of sugar. Muddle the sugar and mint with the end of a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes then strain it through a fine sieve to remove mint leaf remnants (if you wish).
You have a choice, you can combine the lemonade with the mint-sugar solution and leave the soda water and alcohol handy to add "per drink" OR you can combine everything for a fizzy punch with or without the alcohol. Once you've opened the carbonated soda, though, you want to serve it within 2 hours of mixing.
Add ice, lemon and/or lime wheels (or have ready for guests to add themselves, if desired). 

Does all the hard work for you

Proctor Silex Alex's Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer

Proctor Silex 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand Citrus Juicer, 34 oz
Amazon Price: $31.94 $24.11 Buy Now
(price as of Mar 15, 2016)
$1 of your purchase goes directly to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research. Includes two reamers for large or small citrus fruit, a pulp control dial, dishwasher-safe parts, and a fabulous recipe book (with tips for starting your own lemonade stand business).

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

$50 million raised & over 200 research projects