Do you know what is in a cup of lemonade that sweet little girl with the pony tail just sold you for $1?
- Fresh lemons /lemonade concentrate and a BUNCH of sugar.
- Ice and a little water.
Sure it sound harmless enough, and Lord knows I’ve
pimped, encouraged my daughters to sell tons of it for their brothers AAU basket ball team. But to my defense, I didn’t know what I was doing. But as I always heard, when you know better, you should do better. Well, I’ve learned a few things since then.
Thanks to herbalist, Dr. Oz and other health saviors, we can freshen up our water with natural fruit flavors that make it more tempting to stay hydrated without adding empty calories or needless sugar.
Some people even add tea bags, as sun tea using the heat of the sun, and garnish with mint leaves, lemon slices. frozen fruit small frozen fruit.
We made our own Vitamin Water. Not the one 50 Cents, the business man/rapper sold, but a fruit and herb based water drink.What we learned was if you build it, they will buy it!
I couldn’t locate the recipe we used, it was last year. But you don’t need mine, go ahead and find a mix you like. Try these:
Drink One: The drink is comprised of 8 oz. water, 1 slice of
grapefruit, 1 tangerine, ½ of a cucumber (sliced), 2 peppermint leaves, and ice. Mix together in and enjoy.
Drink 2: Citrus Cucumber Water
- 1 cucumber, sliced thinly
- 2-3 lemons, sliced thinly or juice
Drink 3- ingredients
- 2 – 3slicesripe honeydew melon
- 1lime, sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 4mint sprigs
- Ice cubes
Drink 4-Aside from tasting delicious, my favorite part about this drink is the way it looks. The blackberries sit at the bottom and the mint leaves at the top, with an ombre effect of color in between. Muddle a small handful of blackberries (I just used a bowl and a spoon to do this) and add them to a glass jar. Top with a few leaves of mint (split in half for maximum flavor), and fill to the brim with cold water. Put a lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking. (See picture here)
Here are some tips for your Vitamin Water Stand:
People don’t look up lemonade stands in the phone book, so you have to make sure they can see you and know where you are AND what you have to offer.- QC Supermom
1 Plan ahead. Find a spot where there is lots of foot traffic and aim for a warm day. Some places may require permission.
2 Make signs. Log on to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., to let everyone know the location of your stand and the date and time you will be selling lemonade. Put several signs up in the neighborhood and save a big one to put on the stand or table that you will be selling from.
3. Get change. Depending on the price of your vitamin water, lots of quarters and several dollar bills are a good idea.
Buy supplies: lots of supplies, a container for the vitamin water,napkins, ice. and a
trash container, for used cups and napkins.
5. Make lemonade from a frozen can or fresh from lemons.
6. Put cut fruit in a large container. Make sure the container isn’t too big for you to carry.
7. Set up your stand or table. Be sure to attach your sign and to have some chairs/stools for you and any helpers to sit on.
8. Stock the stand with your supplies and the fruits.
9. Be a salesperson. When people go by, call out, “Fresh Vitamin Water!” or “Get your ice-cold Vitamin water here!” Once they arrive, be sure to tell them why it’s great for them. You might be able to deliver or sell it via pre-ordered gallon size.
10. Refill supply container as needed.
- It’s always best to sell lemonade with a friend. That way, one of you will be free to get more vitamin water, stock the ice, cups or napkins, or empty the trash can while the other minds the money.
Vary your products! Instead of just vitamin water, offer simple smoothies, too. Maybe blend up or bake a couple of snack mixes. If you can, offer frozen fruit juice bars or homegrown veggie -fruit kabobs too. 3 – 5 items are plenty; you don’t want to get overwhelmed. We sold blue jeans on our last stand & it was a hit!-QCSupermom
- Be sure to taste test all your products before you sell them. Make sure that your products are not too overpriced or under priced. You want to make a profit, right?
Be sure to ask customers whether they want lots of ice or just a little, give exact change back, be approachable, keep your area clean (have a bottle of hand-sanitizer on the table, so the customers know that you are clean and free of germs.) NEVER leave your cash box unattended and last but not least, Don’t be afraid to cut your price a bit at the the end of the day if you are high on supplies. It’s better to get some return on investment than to dump out product.
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The good then about it is it made money then, and it will now. A good spot is the beach, a park, or a popular cul-de-sac in a neighborhood. Good look! QC Supermom