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Best Restaurant Lemonade Hunt

Modern_South May 31, 2011 07:21 AM

On the hunt for the best glass of lemonade in New Orleans. Stand-outs, twisted additions or unusual preparations are a plus... alcoholic or non. (I am guessing that a good glass of ANYTHING in New Orleans is gonna have booze in it. ;)

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  1. uptownlibrarian RE: Modern_South May 31, 2011 11:42 AM

    The first thing that pops in my mind is the lemonade snoball from Hansen's. It is the ultimate in tangy, refreshing deliciousness.

    Two Sisters Kitchen on N. Derbigny serves good lemonade. And I guess there's always Cane's if you get really hard up.

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      hazelhurst RE: Modern_South May 31, 2011 11:57 AM

      The late Marion Atkinson's waiter, Randy, used to make on up very simply and you can probably get most places to do it. Pack an ice tea glass withi ice (not as good with machine ice) add juice of one large lemon, more if you care to. Fill with chilled club soda. Add grenadine for color and a touch of sweetness. This has the advantage of being quick and not loaded with sugar. Just the thing on those occasionally hot days around here.

      Also, I was at The Sazerac with a friend awhile back and he ordered an Arnold Palmer which he pronounced excellent. That suggests a good lemonade. Don't know if it was regular stuff they had already made up or if the bartender did as described above, or something similar.

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        Bill Hunt RE: hazelhurst May 31, 2011 07:24 PM

        "Just the thing on those occasionally hot days around here."

        Yeah, I seem to always hit those, now that I live in The Valley of the Sun." [Grin]

        Though I am mostly a wino, I have to say that lemonade (well-made) is a wonderfully refreshing drink in the Deep South, or even back in AZ.

        If I cannot get a good Sauvignon Blanc, a Verdicchio or a ViƱo Verde, then give me a creative lemonade.


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        Jwestcoaster RE: Modern_South May 31, 2011 01:12 PM

        Not exactly lemonade but had a very refreshing drink at Green Goddess. Vodka, dry meyer lemon soda (not too sweet), fresh basil, and ginger simple syrup.

        Green Goddess
        307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          spotonjane RE: Modern_South May 31, 2011 02:29 PM

          I've always been partial to the fresh lemonade at Dante's Kitchen

          Dante's Kitchen
          736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

          1. Bill Hunt RE: Modern_South May 31, 2011 07:20 PM


            Sorry, I misread your post's title. I thought that you wanted me to comment on lemonade in NOLA... [Grin]

            I am trying to recall, but I think that it was Commander's, and my M-I-L had it. Not sure how to describe it, but it was like an "herbal lemonade," as there were layers of flavors, that I had not expected. M-I-L did not like it, and ordered an iced tea, but wife and I split it, and marveled, even with our wines. Wish I could pinpoint that drink to CP's, but that would be my best guess.

            Good luck,


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              Hungry Celeste RE: Modern_South Jun 1, 2011 06:17 AM

              La Divina's Loyola location has a tart, refreshing strawberry lemonade.

              1. Modern_South RE: Modern_South Jun 1, 2011 07:04 AM

                Thanks so much for all of your suggestions. I am determined to try each and every one of them!

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                  rabeezbabee RE: Modern_South Jun 1, 2011 02:44 PM

                  Try Satsuma Cafe in the Bywater. They sell a beet lemonade, a Louisiana strawberry lemonade and a few other things including a pineapple & ginger limeade.

                  1. noradeirdre RE: Modern_South Jun 2, 2011 07:29 PM

                    Surrey's has a good lemonade/juice bar. as does Huevos. Huevos does a special fruit lemonade daily. strawberry lemonade, blueberry lemonade, and my favorite- watermelon lemonade.

                    4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

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                      Shiloh RE: Modern_South Jun 3, 2011 08:00 AM

                      The peach lemonade at Il Posto is a worthy addition to this list.

                      Il Posto Cafe
                      4607 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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