When summer is giving you lemons, it’s time to go find some lemonade. It’s that time of the year when a cup of cold refreshing lemonade soothes the heat and satisfies our sweet tooth. The best lemonade in Los Angeles comes in all varieties whether you’re looking to unwind after a workout, or enjoy some class with a mixer. There’s nothing better than the pang of sourness along with the sugary sweetness to cool off during the dog days of summer.
With a name like “Lemonade” the multiplying chain café lives up to its signature drink with several varieties of lemonade. Organized in a cafeteria-like fashion, customers can order flavors ranging from the traditional old fashioned lemonade to unique ones like cucumber mint. The café rotates the flavors everyday so come in from time to time to see what’s new at Lemonade. Highly recommended flavor to try is the watermelon rosemary as it combines the two best summer fruits into one thirst-quenching drink.
This fast-casual chain with locations is more known for its sandwich melts, but might be part of the argument for the most reasonably-priced fresh lemonade in the city without going to an actual lemonade stand. At $1.95 a cup for 12 oz. of house-made lemonade, it’s good for people downtown on the run who want no quirks with their drink but just need to beat the heat fast. The small cylinders of ice ensure the lemonade is cold and melts fast in order to enhance the flavor.
7373 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
This Israeli-style bakery and café is an institution in the Hollywood area right near the corner of La Brea and Sunset. The lemonade served is spot-on with it being sweet but not so much to the point where the tartness of the lemons is overpowered. A slice of lemon is added to the drink for good measure. It’s another good choice for people just wanting freshly made cold lemonade. Paired with a good Jewish bagel, it makes a good to-go snack.
5484 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
This Japanese-style eatery in the Miracle Mile is usually busy at lunchtime during the summer and nearly all customers that go through ask for their signature mint lemonade. This slushy concoction is perfect for those needing something a little more on the frozen side. Bearing a resemblance to Naked Juice’s Green Machine, it looks more like a detox cleanser than a refreshment, but once the taste of frozen lemonade with a hint of mint flavor hits, it becomes heavenly. Try it with their green tea macaroon for the perfect dessert binge.
Hot Dog On A Stick
Hot Dog On A Stick is the industry standard that all lemonades adhere to. Besides being famous for their hot dogs, this mall food court staple also became well-known for its lemonade. The drink is made fresh every two hours by employees who wear the distinctive carnival-style uniform. The lemonade is available in original, cherry, lime, blue raspberry, or frozen. Located mostly in shopping malls across the Southland, the drink is a perfect pairing with its air-conditioned setting. The original Muscle Beach store is next to the Santa Monica Pier.
Jeremy Chen is a news intern with KCBS/KCAL. He is a student at the University of Southern California majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with an emphasis in Chinese Language. He is a proud Trojan and is a member of the Spirit of Troy, the USC Trojan Marching Band, as a snare drummer when he not busy being a news junkie.