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Cool Off This National Lemonade Day With These Twists on the Summer Classic

By Angely Mercado | August 17, 2016 1:43pm | Updated on August 19, 2016 4:38pm
 A fresh lemonade-based cocktail.
A fresh lemonade-based cocktail.
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When life gives you lemons, drink a lemonade cocktail!

Lemonade has its own day — Aug. 20 — right in the middle of the hot summer months. 

Here are a few places in in the city to try some fun twists on the classic drink this National Lemonade Day: 

Brooklyn Lantern, 77 Box St., Greenpoint

Inside the Box House Hotel, there's the Brooklyn Lantern, a restaurant that puts a spin on classic cocktails. Lemonade lovers can try the Whore Shoes and Hand Grenades cocktail for $12. It's made with fresh lemon juice, lavender syrup, Triple Sec, gin and Violette. Anyone who prefers a non-alcoholic drink can try the restaurant's basil lemonade for $5. 

Duet Restaurant, 37 Barrow St., West Village

Martini lovers can give the Lemon Basil Martini a try at this classy restaurant for $14. It's made with fresh lemon juice, limoncello, gin, fresh basil and lime. 

Haven Rooftop, 132 W. 47th St., Midtown

Soak up the Manhattan skyline while sipping on an Eclipse Lemon Martini. The $14 cocktail is made with a mix of Triple Sec, New Amsterdam gin, fresh lemon juice and pineapple juice. 

Reserve Cut, 40 Broad St., Financial District 

This restaurant will offer a spicy twist to lemonade with a cocktail called "Te Caliente" which means hot tea in Spanish. It's made with jalapeño-infused tequila, lemon juice, ginger and thyme-infused syrup and is $18. If you don't like heat in your cocktails, you can savor some spiked lemonade "picnic coolers" for $16. 

Tender Steak & Sushi, 132 W. 47th St., Midtown 

Anyone who loves summer fruit and warm weather drinks can have both in one glass with a booze-filled lemonade called The Blues. It costs $14 and is made with New Amsterdam gin, muddled blueberries, some agave, lime and fresh lemon juice. 

Alor Cafe, 2110 Richmond Road, Midland Beach

This beach cafe has two lemonade-based cocktails for $9 each. There's the Champagne Lemonade, made with pineapple juice, lemonade, champagne, vodka and peach schnapps. There's also the Pink Lemonade which includes Captain Morgan rum, lemon juice, cranberry juice and club soda. 

Joju NY, 83-25 Broadway Ave., Elmhurst 

Try the strawberry lemonade JoJu Mojito at this modern Vietnamese sandwich shop for only $4. It's a refreshing alternative to alcoholic mojitos and is made with sparkling water, lemon slices and mint leaves. It's ideal for getting while hanging out on late summer evening with friends.