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2010/04/26 12:41:18 (permalink)

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Anybody doing fresh squeezed lemonade?  Do you use a lemonade mix with lemons floating on top or just lemonade, water and sugar.  Any recipes that work beter than others?
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    6star
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/26 13:03:48 (permalink)
    The most popular version around here (though it takes a little more time) is the freshly-made Lemon Shake-Up:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5026781_make-lemon-shake-up.html
     

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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/26 15:04:21 (permalink)
    OK sinse the secret is out here are lemonaid shake ups for your cart, a clear plastic 3 gal clear drink container about 20 bucks, has a pedistal a lid and a spigot, add 5 lbs sugar fill with hot water and stir to desolve the sugar. fill 20 oz  cup with crushed Ice. add juice of 1/2 lemon, fill with sugar water and cover and shake. Its ice cold and the greatest lemonaid you ever tasted, sell for $2.50 easy, costs .35 ,they will come back day after day after day.
    post edited by olddude2 - 2010/04/26 15:07:33
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/26 21:09:17 (permalink)
    Lemonade shake-ups are no secret. Been around for ages. I do them every now and then. I sell 32 oz. fresh squeezed lemonade for 4 bucks, at motorcycle rallies I command 5 bucks for country time.
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/26 21:18:42 (permalink)
    it was a joke  like grilled angel food cake being a secret.  but I sure there are some carters out there who don.t know how to make a 3 gal batch of shake ups.
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/26 21:27:08 (permalink)
    olddude2

    it was a joke  like grilled angel food cake being a secret.  but I sure there are some carters out there who don.t know how to make a 3 gal batch of shake ups.


    I appreciate the recipe, and I am one of those carters lol. I need to start making those around my neck of the woods. I do a lot of events in the hot sun, and I never tried selling shake ups.  I have to start selling the jumbo pickles as well.
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/26 23:54:42 (permalink)
    Thanks 6star and olddude for the recipes and thank you Rainy for asking - I was debating wither to do lemonade or not on my cart.
    There is a HotDog cart (more like permanent stand) at Portland's pioneer square that does fresh lemonade and they do a lot of business. But I like this idea better.
    Like Olddude was saying you can easily charge more because the customer can see that you are putting out more effort with all the squeezing and shaking.
     
    I used to be a bartender in another life and I am thinking about using a very large cocktail shaker to put everything in. Shake it and then pour it all into a cup. Add a lid and straw.
    It would be mostly for show but do you think that it would work or should it be made in the cup?
    post edited by Philly Hu - 2010/04/27 00:01:45
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/26 23:59:09 (permalink)
    Fried - I am one of those that has never heard of this (not to mention had one) so either my head was stuck in something all these years or there not on the West coast?  
    post edited by Philly Hu - 2010/04/27 00:00:47
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 00:05:19 (permalink)
    Quickdog - when you sell a jumbo pickle how do you give it to your customer?
    Obviously you have a tong, but do you wrap it in something or do you hand it to them. What do you do
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 01:10:00 (permalink)
    Philly Hu

    Thanks 6star and olddude for the recipes and thank you Rainy for asking - I was debating wither to do lemonade or not on my cart.
    There is a HotDog cart (more like permanent stand) at Portland's pioneer square that does fresh lemonade and they do a lot of business. But I like this idea better.
    Like Olddude was saying you can easily charge more because the customer can see that you are putting out more effort with all the squeezing and shaking.
     
    I used to be a bartender in another life and I am thinking about using a very large cocktail shaker to put everything in. Shake it and then pour it all into a cup. Add a lid and straw.
    It would be mostly for show but do you think that it would work or should it be made in the cup?

    Here is our own 2009 Roadfood thread on lemonade vs. lemon shake ups:
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/m487969-print.aspx
    If you scroll to about halfway down, you will find my (best as I could remember) detailed directions on how "Bill's World Famous Lemonade" made them at our Heart of Illinois Fair for about 60 years.  They were so popular that there were many people (including myself) that would go out to the Fair numerous times during its run each year just to get the shake ups.
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 01:44:11 (permalink)
    Thanks 6star - I read the thread and I am in love with your recipe. 
    The pestle takes care of the squeezing - genius and I can still use my cocktail shakers (instead of the clear plastic cups) - Having four ready to go is great too.
     
    Now what about ice - it was briefly discussed in that thread but was not really answered.
    Would you dedicate a cooler full of ice just for the shake-ups or what?
     
    It might even go a little faster if I took olddude's suggestion and make up a large batch of sugar water.   I want to make some right now but it is a little late and I don't have any lemons!!! It will have to wait till tomorrow
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    post edited by Philly Hu - 2010/04/27 01:45:47
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 03:21:10 (permalink)
    Philly Hu

    Quickdog - when you sell a jumbo pickle how do you give it to your customer?
    Obviously you have a tong, but do you wrap it in something or do you hand it to them. What do you do


    I wish I could give you advise, but I have never sold them. I will be selling them for the first time at my next event. The lady in charge of the event said they were pretty popular last year. I am thinking maybe some wax paper, but i have to do some research.

    I love this thread. It has opened my eyes to Lemon Shake ups. I have heard about them in the past,  but never really took them into consideration. This will be fun!  I have a tree full of lemons, and the only time I use them is when I crack open a Corona, or make Eggs Benedict lol.     Thanks Road fooders!

    Just found a decal as well.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Lemon...mp;hash=item5639f79011
    post edited by quickdog - 2010/04/27 03:25:41
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 08:14:56 (permalink)
    Nice to see what you would think to be a natural lemon drink, with 1/2 cup of sugar in every serving. Nothing like offering a good healthy product, no wonder the kids are running around the fairs like a bunch of nuts.......Billyb ..............P.S looks like if you make this to order, you could squeeze one whole lemon in a cup, add ice, and fill with simple syrup, and your down the road. I would garnish the top with a lemon slice.........
    post edited by BillyB - 2010/04/27 08:39:33
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 08:51:34 (permalink)
    quickdog

    Just found a decal as well.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Lemon...mp;hash=item5639f79011


    For anyone looking for decals, the vendor that Quickdog found is Harbour Graphics. They are the ones I bought the decals for my trailer from, and the service and quality was exception. I highly recommend them.

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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 09:21:07 (permalink)
    what a great idea.  i hadn't really thought that i could afford to do cup drinks, but you have me checking.  i found a decent squeezer for around $100.  i watched a guy all last year with a lemon juicer and a plastic drink dispenser full of sugar water charge $5-8 for a lemonade.  people bought it.  another guy served "cherry limeade" for about the same price.  his was nothing more than sno cone syrup concentrate, some water and a piece of lime in the glass with ice.  the profit was amazing.

    thanks!
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 09:31:43 (permalink)
    we all have our own way of doing things, that's why we are called INDEPENDENT food carts,  But here was our method of shake ups.  We still have the lemonade, trailer. we did the state fair circuit with it until every one in the show had shake ups too.

    We crushed the ice and kept it in one of those construction site, round orange, coolers, the largest one, available 10 gal I think. we had 3 3gal. drink dispenser filled. with the sugar water, BB there may be a more healthy way to make it, but I'm of the school, if it ain't broke don't fix it.  We used the coctail shakers, A big part of shake ups is the show just like dogs.  we had an electric juicer the old fashioned type  but non elect will work just fine.
    Put the crushed ice in first, pour the lemon juice in next, fill with s/water and shake it up, pour and serve, they love the show.  They will be back.

    as far as the grilled A/food cake it is also heaven, you tale a slice of cake put it on the grill just enough to stripe it it creates kind of a surgery crunchy coating, but the killer is the special chocolate sauce you pour over it. I will dig out that recipe and post it, when I find it.  

    either of these items can be a stand alone, and will hold their own with dogs or any other food item once people find you,  Served together they will either kill you or cure you lol. 
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 11:26:54 (permalink)
    Philly Hu

    Quickdog - when you sell a jumbo pickle how do you give it to your customer?
    Obviously you have a tong, but do you wrap it in something or do you hand it to them. What do you do


    The jumbo pickles I have seen at stands have always been offered in one of those waxed paper square sheets.
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 21:41:03 (permalink)
    Looks like I'll be selling pickles too...thanks guys. Please keep the ideas a coming
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 22:17:00 (permalink)
    Pickles suck.  I can only sell two or three a week.  Not sure why, but they just don't sell...and I sell huge dill pickles for $1.

    But I can sell Pickle Pops for $2 and people buy them up....and all they are is frozen pickle juice.
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/27 23:24:02 (permalink)
    franksrocks

    Pickles suck.  I can only sell two or three a week.  Not sure why, but they just don't sell...and I sell huge dill pickles for $1.

    But I can sell Pickle Pops for $2 and people buy them up....and all they are is frozen pickle juice.


    If you ever figure out how to predict customer likes and dislikes correctly, you will automatically become a multimillionaire.

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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/28 14:35:39 (permalink)
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    Pickles suck.  I can only sell two or three a week.  Not sure why, but they just don't sell...and I sell huge dill pickles for $1.

    But I can sell Pickle Pops for $2 and people buy them up....and all they are is frozen pickle juice.


    If you ever figure out how to predict customer likes and dislikes correctly, you will automatically become a multimillionaire.



    I know.  That would be wonderful!
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/28 16:00:29 (permalink)
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    OK sinse the secret is out here are lemonaid shake ups for your cart, a clear plastic 3 gal clear drink container about 20 bucks, has a pedistal a lid and a spigot, add 5 lbs sugar fill with hot water and stir to desolve the sugar. fill 20 oz  cup with crushed Ice. add juice of 1/2 lemon, fill with sugar water and cover and shake. Its ice cold and the greatest lemonaid you ever tasted, sell for $2.50 easy, costs .35 ,they will come back day after day after day.


    Olddude2 has got the right formula for a good glass of lemonade.  I used to do it in a bar with a lemon, simple syrup and water (bar simple syrup is stronger than olddude2's sugar water).  Shake it up with whatever ice is on hand until it's nice and cold.
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/28 18:44:56 (permalink)
    franksrocks

    Pickles suck.  I can only sell two or three a week.  Not sure why, but they just don't sell...and I sell huge dill pickles for $1.

    But I can sell Pickle Pops for $2 and people buy them up....and all they are is frozen pickle juice.



    Push a peppermint stick down the middle and see if that makes it more interesting for the customer. Sounds weird but is very good. My 14 year old daughter LOVES them. The combo of sweet and sour is unique. A good quality real sugar peppermint stick from Cracker Barrel does the trick. Give that a try.
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/28 23:35:58 (permalink)
    I bought a case of lemons today ...$35  95ct  Been playing around tonight,,,6 oz juice  (3 lemons), 4 oz simple syrup, 16 oz water, ice in a 32 oz cup.   Cost .31 per serving. Sell $2.00

    I just got a gig on Saturday's for the next 3 months, at a big ranch here, pro-am team steer roping with approx 200 people each weekend.
    Hopefully those cowboys like lemonade!

    Lemon  .12
    Sugar   .05
    Cup      .08
    Lid        .05
    Straw   .01
                .31
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/29 00:03:14 (permalink)
    Chefbuba....You may want to take a look at your costs again.

    $35.00/ 95 ct. works out to almost 37 cents per lemon x 3 lemons per cup = $1.11
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/29 00:57:16 (permalink)
    Nice catch Ernie....Damn calculator!... Time to bust out the muddler and see if I can get anymore "lemon" out of a lemon...cut back to 2
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/29 01:32:14 (permalink)
    Chefbuba - if you look at the old thread 6star posted and read "Bill's" recipe, he only used a half of lemon in each cup.
     
    I have been experimenting too and they taste great with just four slices of lemon. Obviously it is the amount of sugar that
    makes these lemon shake-ups taste so good - the lemon slices are just to give it that lemon taste.
    Your cost would go down greatly and I am thinking of selling them in the $3 or $4 range just because it is so labour intensive.
    Also the customer gets to see a little show if you do it right...
     
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    post edited by Philly Hu - 2010/04/29 01:35:27
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/29 03:47:47 (permalink)
    Are you buying crushed ice, or are you doing it  yourself? 

    What are the recommendations for machinery to crush the ice?
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/29 09:50:04 (permalink)
    Philly, what size cup are you using?.. I'm using a 32oz cup... I'll play around with the muddled lemon today, see what happens.
     
     
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    Re:Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 2010/04/29 09:52:42 (permalink)
    AZdog

    Are you buying crushed ice, or are you doing it  yourself? 

    What are the recommendations for machinery to crush the ice?


    I have access to an ice machine at my location...standard bar type ice.
     
    Pellet type ice would be real nice...you would need your own machine for that.
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