The buzz over local girl's lemonade


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and Photojournalist JP Harrington

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Posted on January 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 2:08 PM

AUSTIN -- Hanging high above the buzz of shoppers at Whole Foods Domain is a photo of nine-year-old Mikaila Ulmer with her product, BeeSweet Lemonade.

"It's lemonade sweetened with honey, and it has mint and flaxseed, and I donate some of the profit I make to organizations that help the bees," said Ulmer.

BeeSweet was inspired by bee stings. Ulmer was stung twice in a week when she was four, and she says she grew afraid of them.

"So my family did some research, and I became really interested in them, and so I thought, 'Why don't I add honey to whatever my product was?'" said Ulmer.

She was stung at the age of four and already thinking. That's when she created her lemonade.
Her grandmother sent her a 1940s cookbook with a recipe for flaxseed lemonade. She decided to add the honey and mint. It's now made in Austin with local ingredients.

You can find BeeSweet lemonade across Austin. East Side Pies was the first to carry it after the owner said he would sell it if Mikaila bottled it.

She says she's surprised it's gone this far, but she has even bigger plans.

"I think the future for BeeSweet is even more BeeSweet flavors, and maybe a big BeeSweet store with BeeSweet everything -- BeeSweet cupcakes, BeeSweet shampoo, BeeSweet clothes and a lot of BeeSweet stuff," said Ulmer.

For more information visit the website here or go here for her Facebook page.

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