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Aug 20, 2013 04:27 PM

Home made lemonade/ice tea in Mtl

Where's your favourite establishment for home made lemonade and/or home-made ice tea in Montreal? It could be any establishment(restaurant, coffee shop, Southern BBQ joint, ice cream shop, bakery, pastry shop, etc). Maybe also warn us of some establishments taking short cuts(not really home-made, because not using real juice etc).

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  1. I like Triple Crown's lemonade - they add a dash of bitters to it, giving it a slightly more complex flavour.

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      1. re: cherylmtl

        Just occured to me, last time at Triple Crown I only ordered several of the homemade drinks(they make several different kinds). Can't remember if I got their home lemonade on my last visit.

        1. re: cherylmtl

          one of the best lemonade i've drank so far. and on the plus side, it comes in a mason jar. can't go wrong with that

        2. Kafein on Bishop makes great home made lemonade

          I've been going to Concordia for many years and have only recently started going there. They have fantastic cocktails and sandwiches. It's a bit pricey but worth it overall.

          By the way, they have a number of variations, from their website:

          House lemonade. $2.75

          Raspberry lemonade. $3.25

          Ginger-thyme lemonade. $3.25

          Rosemary-Lavender lemonade. $3.25

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          1. re: catroast

            Thanks catroast. Never heard of Kafein before. Tried their homemade lemonade today, following your recommendation. Its VERY GOOD.

            1. re: BLM

              Have you tried the iced tea from the iced tea store that opened nearby? It is on Guy just below Sherbrooke and I think its called Nestia.. They were giving out samples for a couple weeks, I tried a few and they were decent. I dont know how a store can survive selling iced tea as its main product though.

              1. re: kpaxonite

                Nope. Never heard of the establishment(Nestia doesn't ring a bell). I'll try it next time I'm in the area.

                1. re: BLM

                  2325 Guy ... apparently its called Hestia The picture of the bus driver stopping the bus to try a sample is funny if its true

                  1. re: kpaxonite

                    they officially have the worst location of any downtown food and beverage business. i felt bad for that guy hawking free samples of hot tea the other day when it was 31 degrees and sunny. it's a good thing he's giving out free samples because i used to think that hestia was some kind of diet supplement.

                    1. re: catroast

                      If I had not been told about them, & given their address, I would probably never found them. Even if I'm around that area.

                    2. re: kpaxonite

                      Don't think so - the bus stop is at that corner. The bus probably had to stop a bit further down - doesn't look like the driver was planning on sampling anything...
                      And agree with Catroast, it has to be the worst location for a food or beverage business downtown. I would hope the rent is really, really cheap. Even then...

                      1. re: cherylmtl

                        It is very good. I had the lemonade which is mixed with mint tea. I also had the cold chai tea which was delicious. They are quite busy with return customers. You have to give them your name or number and tell them each time (the owner said he memorizes the names) and your tenth drink is free. I dont know how much tea costs elsewhere since I never go to coffee shops but I found it pretty expensive fore the cold drinks, I got the largest sizre and it was 4 dollars I think. However, there are lots of two for one coupons.

                        I also tried a hot japanese tea called match.. it tastes grassy but I really liked it.

                        1. re: kpaxonite

                          Where's the two for one coupons for them? Didn't notice it when I was there.

                          1. re: BLM

                            They are handing them out wherever they give samples so I got a few. Also when I went, the owner was working and gave me a two for one before 10am before I left. Whenever I walk by I notice people holding the coupons which is why I mentioned it. The matcha tea is not on the official menu, you have to ask for it. I should have mentioned that the lemonade is not homemade but the mint tea it is mixed with is.

                            1. re: kpaxonite

                              i would hope that a tea store's tea was home made

                              1. re: catroast

                                Lemon part of the lemonade with mint tea is not homemade(I also noticed it, as Kpaxonite pointed out). I suspect quite a few of the establishments making 'home-made' ice tea or lemonade are taking short cuts(sometimes you're not sure, just by observation as they might be hiding it). See my original post on this topic(I kind of hinted at it),.

                              2. re: kpaxonite

                                My one time there, the owner told me I was entitled to one free drink before 10am with the card(required to give name & phone number for it).

                            2. re: kpaxonite

                              it's matcha. Shouldn't be grassy, although it's very different in flavour from most other teas.

                2. I like the iced te at Myriade.

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                  1. re: AlexCV

                    Probably one of the few beverages cafes in the US of A does really way better than Canadian cafes is Iced Tea. I am tired of going to cafes in Canada (and yes, this is common across Canada) with excellent selections of tea in but who sell canned iced tea or suggest you just pour hot tea over ice.

                    I wish more cafes would make iced tea like Myriade does. I also love the iced tea at Chat Noir on Wellington in Verdun. They use special tea mixes and it shows. You don't just brew tea and add ice to it (which is what Second Cup will do for you if they haven't got any brewed iced tea).

                    1. re: williej

                      That it is because it is much less common here; people always drank hot tea. And no, it isn't just because it is hotter in the US, especially in the South. People in the BWI drank hot tea just as they did here, and I met a VERY proper BWI lady who was utterly horrified by iced tea.

                      1. re: lagatta

                        Looks like more places are serving different flavours of iced tea., There is a tea shop just south of Myriade in the EV Concordia building. They had four fruit teas listed but alas the one I wanted, apricot and peach, was not available this afternoon.

                  2. David's Tea? Thé Kiosque on Mackay?

                    1. I'm a big fan of the raspberry limeaide at Olive et Gourmando in the old port. They also have a regular iced tea and a green tea based iced tea with ginger and pomegranate. Both of which are good too (but not as good as the raspberry :)

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                      1. re: gotAdobo

                        I've had the raspberry lemonade at Olive & Gourmando, but not their raspberry limeaide.

                        1. re: gotAdobo

                          It turns out the raspberry limeade at Olive & Gourmando that you mention here, I know it as raspberry lemonade. I just tried it today again at O & G.