Do: Make some fresh squeezed lemonade the day before so that it has time to grow its flavors overnight in the fridge. (Storing it in a beautiful glass milk bottle with a parchment and ribbon lid is highly recommended, for aesthetic purposes only).
Don’t: Trip up the stairs at school, fall flat on your face, drop the glass bottle of lemonade and create that awkward silence where everyone stares at you.
*If that should happen, just be grateful that the glass didn’t shatter, stand up, laugh it off, and skip away.*
Do: Bring a wiffle ball bat. The classic yellowness attracts fellow wiffle ball players like bees to pollen.
Don’t: Forget paper towels and wipes! These are really important!
Do: Pack cheese and crackers and almonds.
Don’t: Lose sleep the night before about how beautifully you want to arrange the plate of said cheese and crackers, and then forget to snap a shot of what the plate looked like the next day.
Don’t: Line up your phones all along the picnic table. Instead, try turning your phone off! Enjoy the music(:
Do: BRING MUSIC!
Don’t: Accidentally put on a playlist that has songs by your Story of a Girl singing teacher, who spends most of his time in his classroom which is right next to the courtyard, with the windows open. That could get awkward.
Do: Stick your head in windows to invite friends!
Don’t: Exclude anyone!
Do: Bring Pellegrino.
Don’t: Allow the dean to mistake it for wine.
Picnic Perfect Lemonade
-6 cups water
– scant cup sugar (scant just means a little bit less than a full cup)
-1/8 tsp salt (just a pinch…it cuts the bitterness of the lemon without adding too much sweetness!)
-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
In a small saucepan, measure out two of the cups of water. Add the sugar and salt. Bring to a boil.
In a heatproof bowl (I use a glass 8 cup measuring cup with a spout), pour the six cups of cold water. Add the boiling sugar syrup and stir. If the mixture is more cold than it is warm, feel free to add the lemon juice now. If it is bath water warm or warmer, DON’T add the lemon juice. First, cool the sugar and water mixture in the fridge.
Once you’ve added the lemon juice, allow to sit in a covered container in the fridge for at least an hour so the flavor gets more distinguished. Store in fridge.
Serve over ice with a wedge of lemon, if desired! Quench them thirst buds. (What’s a thirst bud?)