The Top Five Lemonades in Kansas City

  • The lemonade at the Grand Street Cafe is tart and effervescent.

When life hands you lemons, make something. Lemonade will do, particularly as a way of cooling down during the blistering hot afternoons we’ve been experiencing lately. The beverage isn’t as old as wine or beer but has a distinguished history: The Egyptians sipped an alcoholic concoction of honey, dates and lemons in the 14th century, and the less intoxicating shikanjviin Northern India and Pakistan is tarted-up lemon juice with ginger, saffron and cumin.

Kansas Citians have long been fans of the citrusy beverage, even when fresh lemons were a luxury. (A local company, the George A. Fox Products Co., made lemon syrup for drugstore soda fountains during the 1930s and 1940s). Because it’s not so easy to find a neighborhood drugstore soda fountain these days for a refreshing lemonade, lemon soda or lemon phosphate, it’s up to Fat City to point out places for the best lemony beverages in the city. Here are five choices for your consideration.

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