When the weather heats up, the craving for lemonade hits hard.
Luckily, the North Fork knows how to deliver with several local eateries and farmstands that have been honing their lemonade recipes for decades.
Whether you’re seeking a creative take on the refreshing beverage or prefer to stick to the timeless classics, here are eight lemonade destinations that will quench your thirst and leave you feeling refreshed this summer.
Photos by David Benthal and Victoria Caruso
CLASSIC LEMONADE | Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant, 5145 Main Rd, East Marion
At Hellenic Snack Bar, no shortcuts are taken when it comes to their famous, freshly-squeezed lemonade, which has been served since 1976. For those seeking an extra kick, try the ‘danger-ade’, made with raspberry-infused vodka.
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE | Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck
What better way to celebrate a bountiful strawberry harvest than with farm fresh strawberry lemonade? Harbes’ lemonade has been a fan favorite for over 20 years, best served alongside the farm’s buttery roasted corn.
CASSIS LEMONADE | Southold General, 54180 Main Rd, Southold
Experience lemonade with an elevated twist at Southold General. House-made lemonade and sparkling water are sweetened with blackcurrant syrup, resulting in a visually stunning red ombre drink that’s as delicious as it looks.
OLD FASHIONED LEMONADE | Star Confectionery, 4 E Main St, Riverhead
For a taste of nostalgia, head to Star Confectionery, where their beloved lemonade recipe has been a staple for nearly a century. Their secret? Lemon juice, ice, water and a few shots of simple syrup are poured into the same shaker used to make the restaurant’s homemade ice cream milkshakes, creating a frothy, creamy-like texture that’s irresistible.
LAVENDER LEMONADE | Love Lane Kitchen, 240 Love Lane, Mattituck
Made from organic lavender, lemon and seltzer, this delightful lavender mocktail tastes as good as it looks.
DOCKSIDE LEMONADE | Claudio’s Waterfront, 111 Main St, Greenport
Enjoy dockside views while sipping on this boozy lemonade crafted with Grey Goose, Strawberry Lemongrass and St Elder Flower.
BLACK TEA LEMONADE | Mugs on Main, 33 E Main St, Riverhead
The new kid on the block in Downtown Riverhead offers fruity renditions of an Arnold Palmer with flavorful options like peach or raspberry.
LAVENDER LEMONADE | North Fork Roasting Co., 55795 Main Rd, Southold
This lovely lavender drink strikes a perfect balance between sweetness and tartness.