Cool Summer Sippers

by: Katherine Berman

photography by: Nicole Harnishfeger

The perfect panacea for a day in the HOT SUN and salt water might just be a sip of SUMMER FLAVOR over plenty of ice. Whether you are partial to a sweet frozen treat, or something light, savory and rejuvenating, island eateries have concocted a creative spectrum of non-alcoholic beverages to slake your thirst.

The Hub ~ Be Berry Good

When a burst of fresh fruit and vitamins tastes as good as it makes you feel, a healthy smoothie must be the culprit. Get your daily dose of goodness with a blend of bananas, strawberries, blueberries, organic yogurt and organic skim milk. If you are seeking a beneficial boost, try adding whey protein powder, flax seed, spirulina or acai berry.

Juice Bar ~ Jamaican Slam

The lore behind this “curious blend” of homemade rum-raisin ice cream, carrot juice, malt, peanuts and walnuts is that the Juice Bar’s Jamaican staff were the first to blend up these shakes. The burst of nutrients and protein mixed with a unique, rich flavor landed this beverage a permanent place on the menu.

Lola Burger ~ Dulce de Leche Shake

For a pure decadent delight, cruise by Lola Burger at the rotary and try a shake made from homemade frozen yogurt and Lola 41’s famous dulce de leche cake – a pure vanilla cake made from three kinds of milk and a few trade-secret ingredients.

Island Kitchen ~ Mint Lemonade

Chef Patrick Ridge’s combination of tart, fresh-squeezed lemons cut with a hint of sugar and plenty of muddled mint elevates the classic summer lemonade to a new level of refreshment at Island Kitchen.

The Bean ~ Iced Green Tea Latte

Recalibrate to a state of Zen with a crisp iced green tea latte made from green-tea matcha powder, your dairy of choice, a teeny bit of liquid sugar and ice.

Espresso to Go ~ Milky Way

Lovers of the classic candy bar can satisfy their sweet tooth with a little caffeine perk. This mix of caramel, chocolate and coffee, topped with steamed milk foam, can be blended for a creamy texture or served over ice for a liquid quench.

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