Our 10 Best Last Sips of Summer
Lauren Shockey One of ABC Kitchen's fine homemade sodas
Oh, how quickly Labor Day, signaler of summer's end, approaches. The back-to-school commercials are airing repeatedly on television, and mannequins are donning fall clothes in store windows. And while the temperatures may be beginning to drop, you can still catch a taste of sunshine in some of the summery beverages served at restaurants around the city. You know, those cooling juices and spritzers that evoke long afternoons at the beach. And while summer to you might mean piña colada, we've gone nonalcoholic here, celebrating the truly refreshing. While the city's many juice bars fit the bill, we've gone for drinks served at restaurants and shops for Our 10 Best Last Sips of Summer.
10. Blackcurrant Soda at ABC Kitchen: One of the many homemade sodas available at this organic restaurant (basil-lime, cherry-lemon, spring herb, etc.), this drink is a lot like the British drink Ribena, only better because it's all-natural. Sweetened black-currant juice is added to bubbly seltzer for one delicious, fuchsia-colored summer sip. 35 East 18th Street, 212-475-5829
9. Arnold Palmer at Má Pêche: A quintessential (and often difficult-to-enunciate) summer drink, the Arnold Palmer combines lemonade and iced tea to tasty results. While it's not quite interesting enough of a drink to make it on its own on this list, we're giving props to the one at Má Pêche because the lemonade is actually made with calamansi, a Filipino citrus fruit, and the iced tea is jasmine-flavored. Add the two together, and you've got one fine glass. 15 West 56th Street, 212-757-5878
Lauren Shockey Russ & Daughters makes one hell of a shrub.
8. Beet and Lemon Shrub at Russ & Daughters: Quite possibly the prettiest colored drink in town, this magenta thirst quencher is made with vinegar, rendering it lightly tart, but with a hint of sweetness. A splash of fresh lemon juice adds additional acidity, and a lovely beet aroma accompanies every gulp. Old-school beverages never seemed so cool. 179 East Houston Street, 212-475-4880