The United States of Lemonade
July 31st, 2011
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Maybe you heard about this: A few weeks ago, police shut down a lemonade stand in Midway, Georgia. The stand wasn’t a front for drug dealers; it was a money-making scheme by three young local girls who wanted to go the a water park. Apparently in Midway you need a business license for a lemonade stand.

In honor of the Midway Lemonade Girls – who are now selling their product at the Richmond Hill Farmers Market on Tuesdays, no permits necessary — let’s look at some fun lemonades that are keeping folks cool during this long, hot summer.

Lemonade, Los Angeles
Yes, that’s the actual name of the place, which has three locations around LA. They offer 6 or so types of lemonade daily with rotating flavors, like peach-ginger, and blueberry-mint; the newest and most popular one is hibiscus. If you’re looking for a deal, all lemonades are $1 on Tuesdays the downtown Flower Street shop. And if you need relief from lemonade, there’s assorted salads and paninis on the menu, too.

Del's Frozen Lemonade, Rhode Island
I knew lemonade was classic but I didn’t know you could trace it back to 1840, Naples, Italy. At least that’s the origin of Del’s, which claims that the first version of their refreshing sweet-tart drink was made by someone’s great grandfather with wintertime snow, big fat ripe lemons and sugar. Fast forward to now, Del’s has branches in over a dozen states and flavors like watermelon. Their brand newest flavors are grapefruit and pomegranate.

Big City Grill & Lemonade, Indianapolis
Lemonade isn’t the point here: most people focus on the Philly cheesesteaks (or the Philly buster, made with steak, chicken and ground beef) and the nachos, which you can get with extra cheese by the cup. But everyone loves the lemonade, too, which they say is made with real lemons and a great deal at $2.09 for 20 ounces. I’m not asking if flavors like fruit punch are all-natural.

Mario's Italian Lemonade, Chicago
When its super hot, like it often is in Chicago in summer, it’s great to have a lemonade that’s really a shaved Italian ice. The classic is especially good and it’s dotted with little pieces of lemon, but there’s also melon and even pina colada if you’re going fancier. The place is open straight through from 10 am to midnight, which is a good thing because nights in Chicago are pretty hot, too.

Mister Parker’s Lemonade Stand at The Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA
You’re poolside at The Parker, thinking you might want to play a game of croquet on the nearby court if only you had some refreshment. Luckily for you, the Lemonade Stand is right there, making drinks like their their excellent frozen muddled vodka lemonade with lemons grown right on the hotel grounds. If you don’t have the strength to get to the stand, they will deliver your cocktail to the hammock area by bicycle.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Regina

    You people may as well go ahead and drink Kool-Aid lemonade because I doubt you could tell the difference between KY jelly and window putty.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • IHEG@Regina

      Table for one at the STFU cafe

      August 24, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  2. Seymour Butts

    ...Everyone else is making a name joke so what the kerfuffle. As for lemonade, can't stand the stuff. I dislike all things sour.

    August 24, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Seymour Butts

      err... This was in reply to Richardhead

      August 24, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  3. Gregory Cohen

    What about lofty pursuits They make an amazing blueberry lemonade, all of their lemonades are carbonated. And their Green River (a carbonated lemonade with a scoop of lime sherbet in it) is amazing.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  4. Matthew

    I don't know if it would qualify as the best, but Bluefield, WV advertises itself as 'Nature's Air Conditioned City'. If it gets above 90 degrees the city serves free lemonade the next day.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  5. Joey B

    Hibiscus is nice would definitely try that one

    August 2, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  6. Peggy

    Fog City Diner in San Francisco

    August 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  7. Naples and Amalfi Coast

    The lemons are as big as grapefruit. The lemon slush sold on the street in Positano was out of this world good.

    August 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  8. JDM

    I lived above Mario's Italian Lemonade for a few years in college. Great little place, nice to see it on here.

    August 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  9. Jasmine

    Yay Del's!!
    And go girls for getting to sell at a farmer's market!

    August 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • IHEG

      Del's was a staple when spending the summers with my grandfather

      August 24, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  10. PBLover

    What were those girls thinking? Surely they know that here in Georgia only politicians are allowed to get away with doing anything illegal.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  11. Sam Skwirl

    What a dumb fvcking story. That is all.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  12. RichardHead

    I LUV me some pink lemonade !

    July 31, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Michael Hunt

      Pink lemonade rules! Too bad there aren't actually pink lemons :(

      August 24, 2011 at 11:25 am |
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