Reporting back from my laboratory and I deem the experiment a success.
I am sold on Lemon shake-ups over lemonade with a premise. If I were doing an event where
serving speed was an issue then I would separate the hot dog cart from the making/serving of the shake-ups, a separate crew - one or two people minimum. To do real numbers I could see six people working it.
I followed 6star
- "Bill's" recipe to the letter and they came out tasting great. Lorna
- I even cleaned the lemons before putting them into the shaker. Half a lemon for each was just right - on some I couldn't cut them into four slices but it didn't seem to matter. The cutting, smashing and shaking process took less than a two minutes. It didn't take a longer than it would to make most cocktails - so I look at this way people will wait if they want one.
Volume is hard to do as a single dogger and it also really depends on your cart, but I think supplementing it with a few shake-ups should work well.
I even did taste tests - my three year old twins wont leave me alone. They are walking around here saying "shake-up, shake-up" I had to cut them off - It must be the sugar. One more factor is they also really enjoyed the show Dad was giving them - I love using cocktail mixers, they make you look so important. Taste + show = more money (hopefully).
Anyone can open a lemonade stand - you are competing with the little kid down the street but with a little flair I think shake-ups would make anyone stand out and hopefully word of mouth and all that means more customers.
I will let you know how it goes in the field...
Philly - "We've got a lemon factory and we're turning out 80-85 percent lemons."
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