Five Lemonades To Try in Houston

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Joanna O'Leary
Coney's Frozen Cherry Lemonade
In triple-digit temperatures, a frosty glass of tangy lemonade can really hit the spot after walking across death valley (re: your office parking lot). And if it's made with real lemons, lemonade is also a good source of Vitamin C and thus a great way to ward off those pesky hot-weather colds. I like regular old lemonade just fine, but for some flavor variety, try these five alternative versions in H-town:

5. Frozen Cherry Lemonade (James Coney Island). This jacked-up lemonade can verge on the sickly sweet; however, if you consume in its intended form (frozen), the sharp ice tones down the saccharine quality. And is it made with real lemons and cherries? Methinks not. But the faux flavor is nevertheless tasty and pleasantly acidic.

4. Irish Lemonade (Hendrick's Pub & Eatery). Made with Jameson whiskey, triple sec, Sprite, and lime juice, Hendrick's Irish Lemonade provides more buzz than hydration. One will refresh you, two won't kill you, three, however, means you've spent more than twenty bucks on "lemonade."

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Joanna O'Leary
Paulie's ginger lemonade fresh from the golden spigot.
3. Mango Lemonade (Beaucoup Bar & Grill). Beaucoup offers a number of exotic lemonades, including wildberry, peach amaretto, blueberry, and strawberry passion, but there's something special about the mango. Robust in flavor with more than a hint of tartness, the mango lemonade is definitely not for those with an aversion to citrus. Because it's a bit thicker than your average 'ade, I suggest taking sips in between bites of po'boy rather than downing a glass with hot wings.

2. Bottomless Strawberry Lemonade (Irma's Southwest Grill). Though some claim Irma's bottomless fresh fruit lemonade is not "real lemonade" given it's strongly infused with other (non-lemon) fruit, the strawberry flavor still earns a place on this list for its pure quality and lustrous flavors. This rejuvenating beverage is laden with chunks of fresh fruit, so skip the straw lest you miss out on some solid berries. And best of all, for just under four dollars you can drink glass after glass after glass after glass....

1. Ginger Lemonade (Paulie's). Although Paulie's ginger lemonade is spicier than the traditional version, this drink has a remarkable way of refreshing the palate and smoothing the stomach. The pungent notes of ginger stand up well against the bold tart flavor of lemon and together they make for an earthier twist on the original. P.S. I heart Paulie's for allowing customers to serve themselves, which means I can fill up their over-sized glasses with maximal lemonade and minimal ice.



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15 comments
SirRon
SirRon

You poseur!1!! I can't believe you left that girl's lemonade you can find on that corner off this list. Another Top 5 fale!

Bk
Bk

I am a huge fan of the Basil Lemonade at the place at Discovery Green that's not The Grove. Is it called the Treehouse?

Paula
Paula

The Mint Leomnade at Berryhill is yummy, in case you are keeping notes for a follow-up list.

KING
KING

The Chronicle posted a similar list a few months ago. That list also left out Barnaby's lemonade which I think is the best in the city.

Eric S
Eric S

The best part about the drink setup at Paulie's is being able to mix your own Arnold Palmers, balancing the amount of lemonade and iced tea according to your own personal taste. Delicious.

Clay Wisner
Clay Wisner

wow. Never expected to see a lemonade rumble.

Cheflambo
Cheflambo

Really?  I cannot BELIEVE you did not include the lemonade at Relish.  It is straight up, unadulterated, lemon perfection. 

Kelli
Kelli

This is a terrible list, there are so many places with better lemonade i.e. Zelko's, El Rey, etc.

Ali
Ali

The Treehouse is The Grove. It was the name of their upstairs bar that they now use for special events. 

The only other place is the Lakehouse which is in the middle of the park.

Mag
Mag

i know, how funny. seems there are some strong opions about lemonade. I'm surprised Sonic was left out.......

Joanna O'Leary
Joanna O'Leary

well, BELIEVE it!

Was not aware Relish had such great lemonade.

Joanna O'Leary
Joanna O'Leary

I know!

Just imagine the reactions I'll get when I post my Top 5 Herbal Tea Flavors.

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