10 Cafes Stirring Up Lemonade Drinks to Rival Del’s

Sweet refreshers and iced teas taking over menus across the state


While nothing beats a cup of Del’s to signal the start of a quintessential Rhode Island summer, these sweet cafes and restaurants around the state are mixing up some refreshing (and photogenic) lemonades, iced teas, and refreshers you’ll want to add to your seasonal tradition.


Beehive Cafe

This cozy cafe has not one but two refreshers to carry us through the summer heat. You can choose from either a Watermelon Mint or a Blueberry Palmer, made with blueberry tea and fresh squeezed lemonade, along with a colorful assortment of blended fruit teas. Bristol, TheBeehiveCafe.com


Cafe Ava

Many patrons are repeat customers for the coffee at Cafe Ava, but if you’re looking for a less-caffeinated, more floral alternative, give their Matcha Lavender Lemonade a try this month. It’s an unexpected twist on warm-weather hydration that’s also darn delicious. Cranston, CafeAva-RI.com


Caf Bar

The Mint Matcha Lemonade at this go-to spot for lattes and snacks could easily become a new obsession. A selection of iced teas, including caffeine-free wildberry hibiscus, and classic pink lemonade are all worthy contenders for summer sipping, and go perfect with an order of avocado toast. Wakefield, CafBarRI.com


Josephine’s Coffee Bar

Visit for breakfast or a sweet, and try your hand at crafting your own summertime refresher with house-made ingredients. Choose a base of iced tea or lemonade; a flavor shot of hibiscus, lavender honey, blueberry, or cucumber mint; and finally, a fresh fruit garnish. Greenville, JosephinesCoffeeBar.com



This dreamy menu of fruit-forward drinks features the Tropical Passion Fruit Refresher with guava puree, Strawberry Mint with muddled limes and a mint sprig, and Lavender Lemonade, a simple yet delicious concoction using fresh lemons. Portsmouth, Warren, and Cranston, KaffeologyCafe.com


The Nitro Bar

This buzzy cafe is synonymous with cold brew, but did you know that they have even more drinks to quench that July thirst? Their Watermelon Lemonade mixer, for one, is a must order this month, and watch for their new location at Young Family Farm. Providence, Newport, and Little Compton, and Newport, TheNitroCart.com


The Nook Coffee House

Pop into this charming snuggery on your next Main Street stroll for one of their Sunny Daze drinks, a mouthwatering blend of lemonade with coconut cream, coconut extract, and housemade vanilla syrup – best paired with a decadent On Island Time or West Coast toast. East Greenwich, NookCoffeeHouse.com


TLC Coffee Roasters

Stop by for a midday cold drink and snack outside under one of their umbrella-shaded tables. Flavored iced teas include Mango Tango and Honey Bee, to name just a couple, and they’re currently rolling out some lemonades with fruit puree and fruit floaters, too. West Kingston, TLCCoffeeRoasters.com


Tracy’s Cream & Sugar

For the sweet tooth craving candy-inspired drinks, here are a couple reasons to visit Tracy’s: Skittles and Starburst Refreshers, with no added sugar and optional energy boosts. You can also create your own from a selection of flavors, bases, and add-ons. Warren, CreamAndSugar.net


The Tree House Tavern & Bistro

Though wonderful any season, this time of year, sitting outside on the back porch or in the garden of Treehouse Tavern is truly special. And when you see me, I’ll be drinking one of their Peach Trees – peach lemonade, iced tea, Sprite, and lemon. Warwick, TheTreeHouseTavern.com



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