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Self Serve Lemonade Bar

Summer is officially in full swing! When the sun is shining and it's nice and hot outside, it's nice to be able to cool down with a cold, refreshing drink. This Self Serve Lemonade Bar is always a party favorite! Cold lemonade, pebble ice, fresh fruit, and flavored syrups are all you need to make this bar at your next party. It's unique, hands on, and fun for all ages! Make it with me!

I do a lot of catering and events and one thing I've learned over the years is that people are picky eaters. Everyone likes what they like, and if they don't like it, they won't eat it. I love doing "self serve bars" because it gives your guests that ability to build their own. Sure, you can put out a thing of peach lemonade, but what if half your guests don't like peaches? When you set everything out and give your guests options, they are going to be happier getting exactly what they want! Plus, it's fun to mix your own drinks!

I used my favorite sugar free Torani syrups for this Lemonade Bar! I chose to do sugar free, because the base of the bar was a sugary lemonade, and I didn't want it to overpower it. You can put out any flavors of syrup you want for this! You can shop Torani syrups at Costco, World Market, Harmons, Smith's, and Amazon! For flavors, I did Peach, Raspberry, Mango, Strawberry, Lime, and Coconut. Then, I had fresh fruit cut up into small pieces that people can add to their cups with the corresponding syrups; fresh peaches, raspberries, mangos, strawberries, and lemon & lime wedges.

These syrup pumps make the bar even better! One pump of the syrup is the perfect amount for a 16 ounce cup. The pumps make for easy use and they keep the table clean! Especially if your party has little kids. We actually leave are sugar free coconut and sugar free vanilla Torani syrups with the pumps in them on the counter all summer long, incase we want to add it to our drinks!

I had a large dispenser of lemonade, and a dispenser of water to use as the base of the mix. You could also do this same concept with sodas! Flavored sodas are really big right now! It would be fun to put out cans of Diet Coke, Sprite, Fresca, Dr Pepper, etc and let people add their own flavors!

I got my metal storage container for the drinks at At Home!
Here is a link to a similar style. 

Torani Syrups! 

These are all the flavors I put out for my bar!

Strawberry, Peach, Coconut, Raspberry


Self Serve Lemonade Bar
serves a crowd! 

3-5 gallons Lemonade
2 galloons Ice Water
2 cups chopped fresh fruit matching syrups 
lots of crushed ice
cups & straws

On a table, set out Lemonade & Water. 

Place the syrups on the table, along with the fresh fruit and a bowl of ice! 

Allow guests to mix and make their own flavor combinations! 


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