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Interesting Lemonades

lipoff Sep 14, 2009 12:08 PM

Just had the "Brown Sugar Lemonade" from the Clover Food Lab, the food truck parked on Carleton St. right behind MIT Medical (and steps away from the Kendall/MIT T stop). It was fine, but not particularly remarkable. It wasn't too sweet, and had a very subtle tinge from the brown sugar, but the lemonade itself didn't have a strong flavor. They also had honey lemonade and lavender lemonade (the latter sounded even better, but they were all out when I stopped by right at their closing time of 2 PM). I did like the large chunks of ice.

The lemonade at Wrapro in Cambridge also isn't the very best I've ever had, but it does seem to have a tinge of rose water in it, which does add something special. (If only I could get them to add ice!)

Of course, the rosewater lemonade at Baraka Cafe in Central Square Cambridge is as fantastic as its reputation would indicate, and is much more strongly flavored (with rosewater, rose petals, and some other spices).

I hate to heap any praise upon Legal Seafoods, one of my least favorite restaurants, but their Arnold Palmer (half-lemonade/half-iced tea) is one the very best versions I've had. I think because they put it on the menu, someone has tested the proportions carefully, and if one dares to order this most other places what you get is very hit-or-miss.

I must also say that I like the mojito lemonade at Cosi is pretty good, although the mint is not actually muddled, and the whole thing is a tad sweet, but definitely a step up from most lemonades.

Any other interesting lemonades, or truly fresh squeezed lemonades, lurking about?

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    oniontears Jun 5, 2010 01:02 PM

    The rosemary lemonade at City Girl Cafe in Inman is a refreshing balance of sweet, tart and rosemary flavor. They have a spiked version as well, which I imagine would also be very tasty!

    1. AnjLM Jun 5, 2010 11:24 AM

      Raspberry lemonade at Picco is quite good.

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        robertlf Jun 2, 2010 07:26 PM

        Sofra's in Watertown makes an orange blossom lemonade that is fantastic.

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        Sofra
        1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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          voodoocheese Jun 3, 2010 06:47 PM

          I second that- it is fabulous!

        2. lipoff Sep 16, 2009 08:07 AM

          Always embarrasing to add to my own post, but I was just reminded of how wonderful the lemonade at Sol Azteca is.

          I also appreciate the anecdote about Legal Seafoods. Maybe things are different at the Kendall Square branch, but I do like the Arnold Palmer there, and unless I'm imagining things, it is very consistent.

          Thanks to everyone for the great lemonade suggestions --- keep 'em coming! =)

          P.S. Anyone know of a good place to try suco de limão. I usually go to Sweet Brazil for Brazillian baked goods, but I don't believe they have this there.

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          1. re: lipoff
            itaunas Sep 16, 2009 01:33 PM

            I saw your original posting just after I got back from Pastelaria Vitoria Broadway in Somerville, my first thought was "If I had know, I would have asked." The bakery/snack places I would try for a fresh made one in Somerville are the Pastelaria (high probability if not too busy and have limes), Petisco's (ditto, but English harder), Padaria Brasil Bakery (only been to Allston/Framingham locations, but they do a lot of blendered juices in Allston).

            The Pastelaria is just around the corner from Sweet Brazil, you should give it a chance in any case -- two could split a x-tudo, a pastel romeu e julieta (guava and cheese) for desert, and if not limao another decent juice or fresh cane juice. If you go when its less busy (don't go early morning), they would probably be a lot more willing to accomodate you. They might have mate gelado (industrial, not homemade) too as might Petisco's. Or try a vitamina de abacate (avocado) at one of the bakeries for something different (I would think Sweet Brasil offers that). A lot of Brazilian bakeries have invested in fancy whiz-bang orange juice machines so you might get those pushed on you first.

            I remember the limeade/juice from TLM being pretty tasty in the past, although a bit weak. You could maybe try there, Padaria Brasil, and Machu Picchu in one trip. (International Market is another Brazilian snack place in Union which does juices and they are always really happy to get American faces in there, although their salgados themselves aren't as good as when they were related to the Pastelaria.)

            1. re: itaunas
              lipoff Jun 2, 2010 06:49 PM

              This may not be the most authentic version, but I just had the "Brazilian Limeade" at Block 11, a cafe in Union Square, Somerville. It was freshly squeezed limes, sugar, sparkling water, ice and condensed milk, and sounds a lot like the suco do limão described above. I think it would have been better with blended ice, rather than ice cubes, but as it was, it was very good. Still looking for the autêntico version! =)

              And I had the limeade at Highland Kitchen in Somerville the night before and it was terrific as well. When I ordered the limeade at Highland Kitchen my DC recommended I try the Brazilian Limeade at Block 11. I had never heard of Block 11 before, but it's right around the corner from my mechanic!

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              Highland Kitchen
              150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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                Prav Jun 2, 2010 07:02 PM

                I had a delicious and refreshing home-made lemonade at Scup's in Eastie a couple weeks ago. Not too sweet, very lemon-y flavor.

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                  voodoocheese Jun 3, 2010 06:49 PM

                  When I ordered the Brazilian Lemonade for the first time, the person at the register didn't really recommend it- I believe she said it was.... interesting... but I really liked it! It was quite filling, and went rather well with my sammich!

            2. Allstonian Sep 16, 2009 07:26 AM

              I've been enjoying interesting lemonades and limeades at Crema Cafe in Harvard Square this summer - they seem to change daily, or at least frequently, and the last time I was there, a couple of weeks back, it was watermelon limeade. (I've also gotten very fond of their quiches, which are uniformly excellent.)

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                mocooks Sep 16, 2009 07:44 AM

                I will second Crema Cafe's drinks. My favorite is the blackberry limeade but they also have a pretty good orange limeade on occasion as well.

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                ikt Sep 16, 2009 07:05 AM

                I love the lemonade at Au Bon Pain.

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                  Mr. Mack Jun 5, 2010 05:20 AM

                  Yes, the Au Bon Pain version is very good.

                2. Matt H Sep 15, 2009 09:23 AM

                  Kookoo cafe in Brookline Village makes an excellent Ginger Lemonade.

                  1. Frank Enbean Sep 15, 2009 04:27 AM

                    I'm a huge fan of the lemonade at Chick Fil-A. Call me crazy, but I can drink a gallon of that in less than 5 minutes.

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                      lgss Sep 14, 2009 06:04 PM

                      There's a commercially available mango lemonade. Haven't gotten around to trying to recreate it ourselves, yet.

                      1. itaunas Sep 14, 2009 04:21 PM

                        In Brazil suco do limao is often made with a whole lime, peeled and (hopefully) white/seeds removed, then blended with either water/ice (strained if with water) and sugar. There are variations like including condensed milk (almost a key lime pie in a cup), it can be done with the peel (this gets bitter very quickly) sometimes called a limonada suica. You can get it locally from Brazilian bakeries, but should be careful to ask for fresh with lime (suco de limao "natural") and if you want to ask for condensed milk, its leite condensado.

                        On the Tea/limonade front, Cha Mate "gelado" (more commonly known to americans as yerba mate, gelado is iced) has been sold on the beach in Brazil by itinerant vendors for ages, sweetened often spiked with lime (or orange juice). The company Mate Leao which sells packaged mate teas, makes a liquid version which is imported here but a bit hard to find (better stocked Brazilian supermarkets have it) including one with limao or lime. Your best bet is making it, but if you find yourself in a Brazilian market try it.

                        1. voodoocheese Sep 14, 2009 03:17 PM

                          At Macchu Picchu (the rotisserie one) their lemonade is made with limes and blended.. they serve a similar one at Sugar and Spice and they are so good! A little on the sweet side maybe, but they are my absolute favorite!

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                            kobuta Sep 14, 2009 03:57 PM

                            I just had that lemonade on Friday, and I agree it was simple but quite good. My friend had it frozen - wonder how that turned out.

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                              Mr. Mack Jun 5, 2010 05:19 AM

                              The Macchu Picchu rotisserie version is made with Market Basket brand frozen concentrated lime juice. I can't remember if I liked it but I vaguely remember thinking it was a pinch too sweet.

                            2. Prav Sep 14, 2009 02:23 PM

                              order a "fresh lime soda" at any vietnamese restaurant. it's simply fresh lime juice, soda water, and sugar. Delicious and SO refreshing. Try it 'salted' as well.

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                                Zatan Sep 14, 2009 04:41 PM

                                Yep, what I was thinking. Both are good, the salty one an acquired taste but fantastic too.

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                                hargau Sep 14, 2009 01:48 PM

                                I typically just like straight up lemonade and Legal is good for that too. Two other places where the lemonade is better then the food are Naked Fish and Not Your Average Joes.

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                                1. re: hargau
                                  pocketgarden Sep 15, 2009 01:03 PM

                                  as a former charles square server i can assure that was dumb luck, or a conscientious waitperson. from concentrate lemonade + iced tea in proportions determined by the pourer.

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                                  macadamianut Sep 14, 2009 01:19 PM

                                  ginger lemonade at Whole Foods. Served in the coffee bar area.

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                                    Parsnipity Sep 14, 2009 12:31 PM

                                    There's a lavender lemonade for $1 per cup at the Davis Square Farmer's market on Wednesdays. It's tasty.

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                                      greenzebra Sep 15, 2009 11:10 AM

                                      I'll second this -- very tasty. The same farm (they sell herbs and potted plants, mostly) are also at the Harvard University Farmer's Market (Tuesdays) and the Union Square Farmer's Market (Saturdays).

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                                        FoodLush Sep 17, 2009 12:49 PM

                                        I believe this farm is Gilson's Herb Lyceum and they are/were also in Copley and Gov't Center

                                    2. galangatron Sep 14, 2009 12:18 PM

                                      i don't know if it's still on the menu but i liked the ginger lemonade at chilli garden in medford. the honey lemonade at lollicup in allston is good too

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