Monday, October 10, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Summer Lakes Beverage




Who are you and what do you do?
We are Summer Lakes Beverage, and we make all-natural, fresh cocktail mixes. Our mixes are easy to use at home to make fresh tasting, hand-crafted cocktails in a matter of seconds.



How did you get started in your business?
The story began in early 2000’s when Joe Zimmerley was a chef. Joe applied his passion for scratch cooking to making fresh drinks for friends and family and developed his first cocktail mix recipes using only fresh, natural ingredients and no preservatives. After years of perfecting and sharing small batches of his mixes, Summer Lakes Beverage was founded to share these same mixes with others. Summer Lakes Beverage is a small, family owned and operated business, and we are proud to be a local, Minnesota company.





Why did you start working in this craft?
Initially, this was just a hobby investment that we thought could be something fun we do in our spare time. We like entertaining others and making fun drinks so why not start up a small side-gig and share our hand-crafted mixes with others? Right? 4 years later and we are selling our mixes at over 100 liquor stores across the state. It has been a lot of fun but definitely not just a side-gig anymore.



What motivates you to create?
Our motivation is quality, with no exceptions and we want to make mixes that are truly special. When customers taste the quality of our mixes, we are thrilled to hear their feedback every time.





What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
Everyone at Summer Lakes Beverage has experience and a strong desire to work together as a team. We are also good at building relationships, and we thrive in this engaging network of creative, unique, and passionate small business owners.


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