(Closed) serving powdered lemonade and powdered iced tea

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is it ok to serve powdered iced tea and lemonade?

    Yes, of course!

    Ewww, no!

  • Post # 31
    3085 posts
    Sugar bee

    The powdered stuff tastes pretty unpleasant and has an aftertaste, in my experience. (I’ve worked in several restaurants, and none of them used powdered tea.  It was always fresh brewed ice tea.  Don’t recall about the lemonade, as I am not a lemonade drinker.)

    I know I’ve seen caterers price things like ice tea by the gallon; by any chance is it something you could get catered or even as a to-go order from a restaurant that does large group catering?  

    Post # 32
    234 posts
    Helper bee

    As long as it tastes good I don’t see a problem with that 🙂

    Post # 33
    6095 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would taste test first. But honestly I’m sure most of us have had powdered tea and didn’t know it. If it tastes bad, try to see if they have a concentrated tea then use powder for lemonade. Where will your ice come from? You can leave the concentrate with that. Otherwise it sounds like a logistical nightmare and if you can’t even tell that it’s powdered then who cares. 

    Post # 34
    6798 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

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    waiting2bee :  It’s totally fine to do so – that’s what we wound up doing as well for the lemonade because we just couldn’t access any fresh.  Check the ingredients to avoid things like sucralose (ick).  Maybe get some lemons to wash, slice and drop in as well though – it’ll look prettier.

    The only way I’d say don’t do it is if you are buying high end everything else and then crapping out on the lemonade/tea – that’s just thoughtless to those who don’t drink alcohol.

    Post # 35
    1988 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think its totally fine. I wouldn’t go through a shit ton of extra effort or cost to improve the tea and lemonade. Some mixes are better than others, so just sample some and pick the ones that taste best. 

    Will it be as good as freshly squeezed lemonade? No. But it will still be just fine, in my opinion.

    Post # 36
    599 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    If you have a little extra space, I would bring already made iced tea and lemonade. 

    If you have a Chick-fil-A near you, you can buy their iced tea and lemonade by the gallon.  It’s really good.  That’s what I did for my brunch reception.  Maybe if you order it, your caterers can pick it up?  I think the restaurant will deliver too.

    Trader Joe’s also makes good bottled iced tea and lemonade.

    If you feel like powdered is the best option, I think it’s fine!


    Post # 38
    93 posts
    Worker bee

    Its fine!  Most people won’t know and there will be other drinks available for those who absolutely don’t like the taste of powdered tea and lemonade.

    Post # 39
    1707 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Powdered lemonade is fine but powdered iced tea tastes off to me. I second the suggestions to use concentrate. 

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