I could go on and on about why I love summer in Rhode Island and most of those reasons would be things to do or places to go (like Waterfire festivals or the beach for a midweek picnic). But at the top of list would also be summer food. Rhode Island has some great summer food traditions like chowder and clamcakes, stuffed quahogs, fries with vinegar, and coffee cabinets. One of my personal favorites is eating salt and vinegar potato chips at the beach (and yes, I usually have to have a Coke to go with them!). Another perrenial favorite is Del's Lemonade.
Del's is a frozen lemonade that is only sold from April through September. It is similar to Rita's Water Ice if you're familiar with that, but of course, in my opinion Del's is much better! It is a simple treat but one I can't pass up.
Del's has been around since 1948 - when they started out it was "frozen" because it was made from snow. Today the drink, made from water, lemon juice, whole lemons (there's always a chance that you'll end up with a large piece of rind or even half a lemon in your cup!), and sugar, is just frozen to a slush consistency. If you're a local there are some rules to drinking it - no straws, no spoons - and we're always happy to point this out to others who may not be familiar with the routine!
I have looked forward to the first lemonade day each year for pretty much my entire life. When I had moved away from the state it was always one of my first stops when I got into town in the summertime. Now that we're back in Rhode Island I've introduced my kids to the Del's tradition. With so many things changing in our world and many things being so fleeting I love that I can share a part of my childhood taste memories with them!
If you're now craving a cool glass of lemonade and you don't have a Del's nearby here is a post from the Huffington Post with 11 Twists on Classic Lemonade including a frozen mint lemonade that sounds delicious!
What summertime treats do you look forward to?