(Closed) Lemonade – fresh or from concentrate?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think the idea of fresh lemonade sounds good, but do you really want to be making a bunch of lemonade the day before your wedding?  It sounds like one of those details no one will care about in the future.  I mean, do you really expect anyone to look back on your wedding and go “Well so-and-so had a lovely wedding but I can’t believe the lemonade wasn’t fresh”???  Go with concentrate, it’s easier and cheaper and definately not worth the hassle to go fresh.

Post # 18
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I definitely vote for fresh, but honestly, both the Newman’s Own and the Simply Lemonade (both sold at most grocery stores) taste fantastic.  I would use one of those over a frozen concentrate, because – IMO – they always taste too sugary or chemical-ly. 

If you plan to make your own using bottled juice, you might try to find the Santa Cruz Organics bottled lemon juice (I don’t know where you live, but I know they sell it at Whole Foods) – it tastes very much like fresh-squeezed lemons, unlike the “real lemon”/plastic green bottle stuff you get at most stores – that stuff always tastes like straight up chemicals to me.

HOWEVER, I think it is important that all of us remember (we are going through this with wine decisions for our very casual pizza and beer welcome dinner right now) that people are going to be excited to be at your wedding, and thrilled that you have lemonade.  They are not going to judge.  (Or if they do, that’s a separate post…)

Post # 19
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I cheat at home  and parties and cook outs all the time  and plan to do the same thing that my wedding well simply because it is easier and it is tasty and well it is cheaper.

I use the country time lemonade drink mix… mix it up… add a little sugar… then i sqeeze in about 3 fresh lemons per gallon  and throw in some sliced up to make it looks more original lol… usually everyone loves it and while it is not quiet as delicious as 100% fresh lemonade… it is probably the closest tasting I have had to it

Post # 20
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I actually prefer all my juices from concentrate. I have no idea why, but I can definitely tell. I’ve sent lemonade back at resteraunts because it was fresh squeezed. I know I’m weird.

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