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Smoothie-ly Juice Your Way into Summer

At the cusp of summer’s arrival when the season is coming into full bloom, getting drinks menus up to speed is vital. While alcoholic tipples tend to go hand in hand with sun and beer gardens, there may be a new way to attract the summer crowd.

There’s nothing more refreshing than a freshly squeezed juice or beautifully blended smoothie so why not introduce a new element to summer drinks by kitting out your bar with the right commercial juicer and blender to guarantee beverages always hit the spot.

There are many benefits to be had from extending your bar menu to include juices and smoothies, the primary one being the sheer variety and range of individual flavours and combinations there are to choose from. Whether you want to stick to single ingredients and keep a pure taste or are looking to create innovative flavour combinations, the possibilities are endless. This is the perfect opportunity to add a unique edge to any drinks menu.

The versatility that juices and smoothies offer make them winners for any business, however choosing the perfect equipment to put a perfectly prepared plan into action is essential to success.

Make Everything Run Smoothie

Looking to create sumptuous smoothies? Bar blenders are a must have piece of equipment.

Bar blenders are designed for front of house use; they not only look good but produce quality results and perfect consistencies. Commercial models have durable blades and motors suitable for regular use and high output, making light work of smoothies. If you want to stick to straight up fruity mixes, there’s plenty on the market that are more than up to the job.

If you want added versatility, look out for models that not only create professional smoothies but can also crush the ice to go into them for truly refreshing summer drinks. The Santos 62A Drinks Blender is a great choice and what’s more, its ‘silent’ operation eliminates the noise typically produced when blending for a more comfortable and harmonious working environment.

With so many commercial blenders to choose from, it’s essential to know what you’re looking for.

Pay attention to;

  • Capacity – make sure you opt for a capacity that can meet your demands.
  • Power – if you need to prepare large quantities, you’ll need a little extra oomph in the power department.
  • The jug – the material of the jug is very important. Each material will offer different benefits. Generally polycarbonate or plastic, stainless steel and glass jugs are available with polycarbonate being the preferred choice. Not only does polycarbonate offer shatter and scratch resistance but is also clear for visibility of contents. The majority are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

As the night draws on, there’s always the option to add in a few surprises. Bar blenders are also great for making cocktails for those looking for something with a little extra kick.

Juice It Up

For customers that prefer straight up, concentrated juice a commercial juicer is an essential bit of kit.

Designed to give the purity that a blender won’t, pulp is separated and the juice extracted for a lighter consistency as opposed to being mixed in for a thicker finish.

The type of juicer you go for will ultimately depend on the quantity you need to prepare and the amount of work you’re willing to put in.

Manual juicers are cost effective and great for bars that only need occasional use. Masticating juicers (sometimes known as ‘cold press’ or ‘slow’ juicers), work by crushing and grinding fruits. They operate at lower speeds with fewer revolutions per minute (rpm) and will often need a bit more time to achieve results. Need quick results? Centrifugal juicers are for you. They rely on rotational speed to effectively extract juice from the pulp therefore work at high speeds with more rpm.

Check out Santos and Waring commercial juicers if you’re looking for good quality and great value.

Top Tip

It’s not only equipment selection that’s important. Always use the freshest ingredients to guarantee that your summer juices and smoothies are well received.

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