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08/23/2011 03:27 pm ET Updated Oct 24, 2011

New York's Best Lemonade

You have to squeeze every last drop of sunshine and happiness out of these final days of summer. And these places know what to do with a bag of lemons.

Make It Italian
Work your way through the crowd at Eataly and find their beverage section (the one near the cookbooks). It’s a a veritable treasure trove of hard-to-find Lurisia mineral sodas like La Nostra Gazzosa, a tart, sweet and sophisticated bottle infused with lemons from Amalfi. Sold in four-packs with bright yellow labels, for $8.

Add Some Sugar
Brooklyn’s own Royal Rose organic and natural syrups are made in small batches from whole ingredients, cane sugar, and filtered water. Flavors are subtle but aromatic enough to take your pitcher of lemonade to the next level. Lavender-lemon, raspberry and rose syrups are $11 a piece.

Spike It
Fizzy lifting drinks are all the rage at Fort Defiance, where bubbly lemonade is the basis for a Tom Collins gin cocktail. On The General Greene’s summer menu (but not for much longer) is a blend of cucumber-mint lemonade with your choice of vodka or gin. And the ever-inventive bartenders at Vandaag are serving libations like Shady Lane (blackberries, lemon, elderflower) and Orchard Sour (ginger, lemon, sparkling apple cider), drinks that will make the transition to autumn just a little bit easier.