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Recipe: Mad Scientist Luminous Lemonade

Recipe: Mad Scientist Luminous Lemonade

Mad Scientist Luminous Lemonade

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by ozzuman/
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
4-6 servings

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Mad Scientist Luminous Lemonade

Unleash your inner mad scientist and witness the fascinating reaction that occurs when you mix lemons, sugar, baking soda, and turmeric powder to create a tasty, effervescent concoction!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • pour :

    to cause liquid, granules, or powder to stream from one container into another.

  • stir :

    to mix together two or more ingredients with a spoon or spatula, usually in a circle pattern, or figure eight, or in whatever direction you like!

Equipment Checklist

  • Pitcher
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Kid-safe knife
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Whisk or wooden spoon


Mad Scientist Luminous Lemonade

  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 4 C water
  • 2 C ice


Mad Scientist Luminous Lemonade


This drink will be a fun experiment for you and your kids! Combining baking soda and lemon juice will create a bubbly reaction, almost like sparkling water. Using this idea, let’s combine lemonade, baking soda, and a bit of turmeric powder (for its yellow color and health benefits of improved blood flow and inflammation reduction) for a bubbling, mad-scientist concoction!

slice + measure

Measure 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder into a pitcher. Then, slice 3 lemons in half and squeeze all the juice into the pitcher and watch the bubbles go crazy!

measure + stir

Measure 1 cup granulated sugar and 4 cups cold water in a liquid measuring cup or bowl. Stir the water and sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved. Then, slowly pour the water and sugar into the pitcher of fizzy, yellow lemon juice.


Divide 2 cups of ice between all your cups. Then, pour the Mad Scientist Luminous Lemonade over the ice and drink! Cheers!

Surprise Ingredient: Baking Powder and Baking Soda!

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If you don't use yeast or eggs to make a baked good rise, you must use a chemical leavening agent. For this purpose, you can use either baking soda, baking powder, or a combination of both. Adding them to baked goods before baking produces carbon dioxide, a gas, causing them to "rise." 

Baking soda contains only one ingredient: sodium bicarbonate. It begins to act as soon as it touches an acid, like lemon juice or vinegar. Baking powder, however, doesn't fully activate until the dough is heated.

Baking powder includes baking soda, cream of tartar (an acid), and a starch, like cornstarch. The starch prevents the bicarbonate and acid from prematurely reacting. Baking powder comes in two forms: single-acting and double-acting. Single-acting activates with moisture, so you need to bake the dough right after mixing. Double-acting works in two stages. Some gas releases before baking when the powder is added to the damp dough, but most releases while the dough is heated during baking.

What causes the Fizz in our Soda?

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  • When baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is mixed with an acid, like the citric acid in lemon juice, a chemical reaction occurs that causes carbon dioxide gas (CO2) to form. This results in lots of bubbles and fizziness! Store-bought soda also gets its fizz from CO2.

Let's Learn About the United States!

Photo by JeniFoto/ (July 4th Picnic)
  • Most of the United States of America (USA) is in North America. It shares its northern border with Canada and its southern border with Mexico. It consists of 50 states, 1 federal district, 5 territories, 9 Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. 
  • The country's total area is 3,796,742 square miles, globally the third largest after Russia and Canada. The US population is over 333 million, making it the third most populous country in the world, after China and India.
  • The United States of America declared itself an independent nation from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, by issuing the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Revolutionary War between the US and Great Britain was fought from 1775-1783. We only had 13 colonies at that time! On September 9, 1976, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and declared that the new nation would be called the United States. 
  • The 13 colonies became states after each ratified the constitution of the new United States, with Delaware being the first on December 7, 1787.  
  • The 13 stripes on the US flag represent those first 13 colonies, and the 50 stars represent our 50 states. The red color of the flag symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes innocence and purity, and blue symbolizes vigilance and justice.
  • Before settling in Washington DC, a federal district, the nation's capital resided in New York City and then Philadelphia for a short time. New York City is the largest city in the US and is considered its financial center. 
  • The US does not have a recognized official language! However, English is effectively the national language. 
  • The American dollar is the national currency. The nickname for a dollar, "buck," comes from colonial times when people traded goods for buckskins!
  • Because the United States is so large, there is a wide variety of climates and types of geography. The Mississippi/Missouri River, running primarily north to south, is the fourth-longest river system in the world. On the east side of the Mississippi are the Appalachian Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and the East Coast, next to the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • On the west side of the Mississippi are the flat Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains (or Rockies), and the West Coast, next to the Pacific Ocean, with several more mountain ranges in coastal states, such as the Sierras and the Cascades. Between the coasts and the north and south borders are several forests, lakes (including the Great Lakes), rivers, swamps, deserts, and volcanos. 
  • Several animals are unique to the US, such as the American bison (or American buffalo), the bald eagle, the California condor, the American black bear, the groundhog, the American alligator, and the pronghorn (or American antelope). 
  • The US has 63 national parks. The Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon, with the Colorado River flowing through it, are among the most well-known and visited.
  • Cuisine in the US was influenced early on by the indigenous people of North America who lived there before Europeans arrived. They introduced beans, corn, potatoes, squash, berries, fish, turkey, venison, dried meats, and more to the new settlers. Other influences include the widely varied foods and dishes of enslaved people from Africa and immigrants from Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in the United States?

  • Education is compulsory in the US, and kids may go to a public or private school or be home-schooled. Most schools do not require students to wear uniforms, but some private schools do. The school year runs from mid-August or the beginning of September to the end of May or the middle of June.
  • Kids generally start school at about five years old in kindergarten or earlier in preschool and continue through 12th grade in high school. After that, many go on to university, community college, or technical school. 
  • Spanish, French, and German are the most popular foreign languages kids learn in US schools. 
  • Kids may participate in many different school and after-school sports, including baseball, soccer, American football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and track and field. In grade school, kids may join in playground games like hopscotch, four-square, kickball, tetherball, jump rope, or tag.
  • There are several fun activities that American kids enjoy doing with their friends and families, such as picnicking, hiking, going to the beach or swimming, or going to children's and natural history museums, zoos and wild animal parks, amusement parks, water parks, state parks, or national parks. Popular amusement parks include Disneyland, Disney World, Legoland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios.
  • On Independence Day or the 4th of July, kids enjoy a day off from school, picnicking, and watching fireworks with their families. 
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday in November when students get 2 to 5 days off school. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are popular December holidays, and there are 2 or 3 weeks of winter vacation. Easter is celebrated in March, April, or May, and kids enjoy a week of spring recess around that time.  
  • Barbecued hot dogs or hamburgers, watermelon, apple pie, and ice cream are popular kid foods for 4th of July celebrations. Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are traditional Thanksgiving foods. Birthday parties with cake and ice cream are very important celebrations for kids in the United States!

THYME for a Laugh

Why did the lemon have no friends? 

Because she was a sour-puss!

THYME for a Laugh

Did you hear team Turmeric and team Ginger will play each other for the championship?

I don't know which team to root for!

The Yolk's On You

What do you give an injured lemon?


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