Lemonade has gotten a lot of play recently in pop culture, due to the Power of Beyonce™, with her seminal 2016 movie album. But on this hot summer day, we’re here to talk about lemonade the drink, the classic summery beverage that kids sell at homemade stands on their blocks and adults add booze to at barbecues to forget what real pain is.
A tall glass of lemonade has become perfectly synonymous with summer, feeling refreshed, playfulness, and being outside. While we wouldn’t throw shade at anyone sipping an icy glass of lemonade on a dark, snowy day in February, we’d be… confused by their life choices. There are some flavors and textures that are just plain seasonal — we’d be just as judgmental, frankly, if someone took out a steaming, marshmallow filled hot cocoa on a 95 degree day in July. Stay in your lane, seasonal drinks.
And as we strolled through the internet for lemonade tattoos, something far more existential struck us. Lemons, and their refreshing juice counterpart, have grown to mean something more than just summer fun. The phrase “When life gives you lemons” has been taken to the next level, with people getting variations on the phrase tattooed alongside a cool tall glass of lemonade. Lemon tattoos and lemonade tattoos have come to symbolize that you can take what life throws at you and turn it into something good.
Lemonade has also developed a special relationship with tea — as in, “no tea, no shade, no pink lemonade.” Made popular by YouTube personality Qaadir, and further popularized via the drag television phenomenon RuPaul’s Drag Race, the phrase means “Honey, no offense, but let me tell you how it really is.” Set alongside its “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” peer, the phrase becomes its own empowering, sassy mantra. “Honey, no offense, but life gave you fucking lemons, so let me tell you how to make lemonade.”
So sip your crisp, possibly boozy lemonade and think about your own mantra this summer. Have you taken life’s lemons and turned them into a fabulous lemonade tattoo?