Hey there, lemonade vendor! It’s Ben here, and today I’ve got a real treat for y’all.
I recently sat down with Ken, a pro in the lemonade vending game, and he spilled the beans on some of his top tips.
If you’re looking to dive into the lemonade world or just up your game, you’re in the right place.
Let’s get to it!
Lemons: Size Matters
One of the first things we chatted about was the size of lemons.
Now, you might think a lemon’s a lemon, but Ken swears by the 140 count.
He tried the bigger 95 count ones, but the rind was too thick, and the juice yield?
Pretty much the same as the 140 count.
So, lesson learned: stick with the 140 count for the best bang for your buck.
Ice: It’s Not Just About Keeping Things Cool
When it comes to ice, Ken’s got some strong opinions. He recommends staying away from flake ice because it melts too quickly.
Instead, go for the cube ice, especially the ones with a hole in the middle.
They last longer and give your lemonade that perfect chill.
Simple Syrup: The Sweet Spot
Now, onto the sweet stuff.
Ken’s formula for simple syrup (remember, he’s a pro lemonade vendor)?
A 25-pound bag of sugar to three gallons of water. Boil it up, and you’ll end up with about five gallons of that sweet, sweet syrup.
And when serving?
Three long squirts with a pump should do the trick. But, as always, adjust to taste.
Equipment: Starting Simple
Ken’s been in the game for a while, and he’s seen it all.
He started with just an electric juicer, which, let me tell ya, gave him quite the hand cramp by the end of the day.
He then moved on to a manual press (which he still loves, by the way) and now uses the zero9, a top-of-the-line juicer I might’ve had a hand in producing. 😉
But the takeaway?
Start with what you can afford and let your business fund the upgrades.
The Lemonade Vendor Journey
Lemonade vending might seem simple, and it can be, but if you want to make the big bucks, you’ve got to be willing to learn.
Surround yourself with pros like Ken, and you’ll be on the fast track to success.
And if you’re really serious, consider joining a community like Vendors United.
It’s a goldmine of tips, tricks, and support.
So there you have it, folks.
A big shoutout to Ken for sharing his wisdom.
Dive in, give it your all, and remember: success in the lemonade business is as sure as a lemon in a squeezer.
Till next time, keep those lemons rolling and those cups full.
Cheers! 🍋🥤 and… watch Ken’s Video…