With sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s in the forecast, it’s going to be a great weekend for a lemonade stand.
If you see a few more stands than usual this weekend, it’s because Sunday is Lemonade Day Austin, a free citywide event encouraging young kids to think like entrepreneurs to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service and give back to the community all through a few cups of lemonade.
According to the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and Capital Factory, which organize the event, more than 15,000 Austin kids participated last year. In the five years since it started, they’ve sold more than $1.5 million worth of lemonade and donated more than $750,000 to charity.
This is the first year Lemonade Day Austin has offered a mentorship program, pairing new lemonade stand business owners with veterans, like 9-year-old Mikaila Ulmer (above), whose Lemonade Day success in recent years led to her launching her own lemonade business, BeeSweet Lemonade , which is sold in Whole Foods Markets, MAX’s Wine Dive, Farmhouse Delivery, Quickie Pickie, East Side Pies, Barton Hills Market and The Natural Gardener. Ulmer is mentoring her 7-year-old younger brother, Jacob, and is hosting a fundraiser and lemonade stand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Marye’s Gourmet Pizza, 3663 Bee Cave Road in West Lake. Fifty percent of proceeds from pizza-by-the-slice and lemonade combo sales will go to the Sustainable Food Center.
Another participant this year is Alayna Hamade, who will be serving her Awesome Orange Blossom Lemonade with her brother at the ThunderCloud Subs store at Burnet Road and Anderson (7930 Burnet Road) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Hamade’s lemonade, based on a recipe from her grandmother, who lives in Lebanon, won the “Most Local Flavor” award at the Best Tasting Lemonade Contest held last month to promote Lemonade Day Austin. The lemonade is sweetened in part with organic honey from beehives that her other grandmother keeps at her Austin home.
Alayna’s Awesome Orange Blossom Lemonade
12 lemons freshly juiced
1 1/2 cups of white sugar
3/4 cup of honey
8 cups of water
2 tsp. of orange blossom water (available at Mediterranean grocers)
Mint leaves for garnish
Mix all ingredients until sugar dissolves. Serve over ice, garnish with mint. Enjoy on a hot day!
— Recipe from Alayna Hamade