This famous drink was originated in honor of the Picayune Frog at a great charity festival given in New Orleans for the benefit of the Newsboys Home. The Picayune, in common with other newspapers of the city, entered into the festival for the purpose of lifting the burden of indebtedness that rested on the home. It held a booth, presided over by the ladies of the Picayune staff and a number of the most prominent ladies of New Orleans. A prominent Creole lady kept the Picayune Frog Tent, in which Lemonade was dispensed. She concocted a delicious Beverage, and named it “Frog Lemonade.” The booth was the great attraction of the festival. The Picayune led the festival, outdistancing all other papers three to one as regarded the other largest English daily in New Orleans, and running far ahead of the various other newspapers five and six to one, in the total amount of over fourteen thousand dollars raised through the festival. It was all attributed to the great and unfailing popularity of the Picayune and of its famous little Weather Prophet, the Frog. Frog Lemonade is made as follows:
Take a large punch bowl. Put into it one pound of sugar, three quarts of water, the juice of two dozen Lemons, the juice of one pineapple, two bottles of Seltzer Water. Mix all well. Add three dozen fine, large strawberries, and decorate with slices of pineapple and Lemon sliced very thin. In case there is not sufficient sugar, sweeten again to taste. Put a large piece of ice in the bowl. When ready to serve, fill the glasses one-quarter full of crushed ice, and fill up with the Lemonade, being careful to have several strawberries and a slice or two of Lemon and pineapple in each glass. This Lemonade is delicious.