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A Guide to Summer’s Best Sips in NYC

Long-island-iced-coffeeWho said everyday iced tea, iced coffee and lemonade need to be the default drinks of summer?  Especially since spots around the city are offering all manner of inventive cold beverages, from the frozen Israeli Lemonnana at Mike Solomonov’s Dizengoff, to the innovative Agua Frescas at Nick Morgenstern’s El Rey.

Dizengoff

Dizengoff
75 9th Avenue
Chelsea,New York 10011
(646) 833-7097

The perfect accent to their wholesome, brightly flavored hummus, the new Chelsea Market outpost of Michael Solomonov’s Dizengoff offers a frozen Lemonnana; a type of Israeli lemonade infused with lemon verbena, and shot through with fresh mint.

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El Rey

El Rey
100 Stanton St
New York 10002
(212) 260-3950

Nick Morgenstern’s uber-chic coffee bar and luncheonette serves a wide range of housemade agua frescas, horchatas, and sodas (how does a Cucumber Limeade with juniper seltzer sound?) as well as Kyoto-style cold brew and condensed milk-sweetened Vietnamese iced coffees, each available on tap.

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Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen
115 Columbia St
Columbia Waterfront District,New York 11201
(718) 855-4668

Being that it’s a love letter to Nashville, Carla Hall’s hot kitchen spot made sure to stock bottles of the city’s beloved PureSoda Works pop; in flavors like Hibiscus Lemon, Orange Basil and Strawberry Jalapeno.  And then there are the canisters of sweeten-it-yourself tea, which, depending on how many syrup packets you squeeze in, can be enjoyed in true Nashville style (three), Virginia Beach (two), Baltimore (one), or Brooklyn (none).

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Salvation Burger

Salvation Burger
230 E 51st St.
Midtown East,New York 10022
(646) 277-2900

A top tier burger & fry joint would be nothing without equally indulgent milkshakes, and Salvation doesn’t disappoint, with options like Ants on a Log and Toasted Marshmallow.  Feeling especially gluttonous? Order your frothy ice cream-based beverages turbocharged with booze; think Oat and Walnut spiked with whiskey, and a spin on a Grasshopper, blended with crème de menthe.

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Indie Fresh

Indie Fresh
600 11th Ave
Hell's Kitchen,New York 10036
(212) 245-4040

Located within Gotham West Market, chef Akhtar Nawab has partnered with a team of nutritionists for this clean eating venture, which peddles cold, restorative soups and broths for slurping (Bison Borscht, Mushroom Dashi, Moroccan Carrot, Smoked Vegetable) as well as a series of protein-packed smoothies; think Avocado Mango Matcha, Strawberry, Acai and Maca Root, and even Blueberry Cayenne.

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Four Sigmatic

Four Sigmatic
90 Kent Ave
Williamsburg,New York 11211
(718) 928-6603

Found in various health markets and Whole Foods, and with a brand new stand at Smorgasburg, this ‘shroom company is dedicated to one of the world’s most powerful — yet perennially under-the-radar — superfoods: Mushrooms.  Galvanized with a potent dose of medicinal funghi (such antioxidant-rich, anti-viral Siberian chaga, and regenerative, cognition-boosting lion’s mane), good-for-you potions include lemonade, iced coffee, smoothies and iced tea.

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Twin Suns Deli

Twin Suns Deli
244 Himrod St
Bushwick,New York 11237
(718) 484-9291

The heritage American beverage, Switchel (an exceptionally refreshing blend of vinegar, maple syrup and lots and lots of ginger) remains majorly on trend, but Bushwick’s Twin Suns Deli — as well as its sister restaurant, Montana Trail House — are two of the few spots where you’ll actually find it made and bottled in house.

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Brooklyn Kava

Brooklyn Kava
191 Suydam St
Bushwick,New York 11221
(718) 484-2330

Move over kombucha, it’s all about the kava at this dedicated Brooklyn bar.  And while the distilled essence of the psychoactive plant — grown in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Hawaii — has similar effects on the system as alcohol (producing a mild euphoria), it’s perfectly safe for sipping at work or on the subway.  Steeped into a type of earthy tea, it’s been known to reduce anxiety and insomnia as well.

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