The Queen is in Philly this weekend

When slaying is a habit, if life tosses lemons your way, you don’t stop with juice. Instead, you squeeze the storm of sour citrus for everything it’s worth, twisting its powerful punch into into a sculptural statement of self-knowledge. That’s what you do if you’re Beyonce, anyway. In honor of her performance at the Linc this Sunday, here are 41 fancy lemonade drinks to toast Beyonce in Philly.

Center City

Roosevelt Boulevard at Sbraga

Named after a local street and served on the Avenue of the Arts, but inspired by a drink served poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, this glass is filled with housemade cherry lemonade (fresh lemon juice, Amarena cherry syrup) spiked with Tito’s vodka ($11).

Roosevelt Boulevard at Sbraga
Roosevelt Boulevard at Sbraga

Italian Lemonade at Little Nonna’s

Sit beneath the trellis in the hidden garden behind this Midtown Village trattoria and share a carafe of housemade lemonade combined with citrus vodka and thyme syrup ($16 carafe or $10 glass).

Lemongrass Martini at Vietnam

A sliver of lemongrass as garnish gives this powerful sipper a Vietnamese edge, enlivening the frothy mix of Absolut, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice ($10).

Raspberry Pink Lemonade at Oyster House

How does pink lemonade get its color, anyway? At this sleek Center City seafooder with a venerable history, with housemade raspberry syrup. Available as is ($3.50) or turned into a Collins with a splash of gin ($9.50).

Scottish Smash at Del Frisco’s

Settle into the leather booths at this Center City steakhouse for a tangy-smoky mix of Monkey Shoulder scotch, fresh lemon sour mix, marmalade and Angostura ($14).

Scottish Smash at Del Frisco's
Scottish Smash at Del Frisco’s Credit: Kevin Marple

The Tequila Drink at SkyGarten

Look out at the cityscape from the Top of the Tower with a glass of jalapeno-infused Espolon blanco tequila shaken with fresh lemonade and finished with a classy Aperol float ($10).

Palate Teaser at the Fine Palate

Thanks to lemon verbena sorbet, the floral side of citrus sings in the champagne cocktail at this Center City spot, perked up even more by a swirl of both vodka and gin in the glass ($11).

Frozen Mint Lemonanna at Dizengoff

Escape to Israel with the ultra-refreshing herbal sour freeze of this mint-flavored slushie at CookNSolo’s Sansom Street hummusiya ($3).

The Beeting Heart at Bar Bombon

Everything at this Rittenhouse taqueria is plant-based, and that includes the drinks. Made with smoky mezcal, fresh lemon juice, apple liqueur, beet juice and topped with a lemon twist, you won’t find these ingredients at the neighbor kid’s stand ($12).

The Beeting Heart at Bar Bombon
The Beeting Heart at Bar Bombon

Mint Frozen Lemonade at Jezabel’s Cafe

Pick up one of the city’s best empanadas at this Schuylkill Banks cafe and wash it down with a fresh-squeezed, fresh-mint-blended frozen lemonade ($4). Bring rum and you can make it a mojito.

French 75 at Assembly

Queen B would approve of the intricate version of this classic cocktail at the rooftop lounge above the Logan, made with house lemon sherbet, orange blossom water, Tanqueray gin and Henriot Blanc de Blancs champagne ($20).

Thai Basil Limeade at the Dragon Beer Garden in Franklin Square

Do lemons’ green cousins count? Freshly squeezed and muddled with Thai basil, why not. Nonalcoholic choice of flavored syrup ($4) or with choice of added spirits ($9).

Drunk in Love at Red Owl Tavern

With Bluecoat gin, mint syrup, mezcal and fresh lemon and cucumber, this mixer at the bar across from Independence Hall would put anyone in the mood to dance with their lover on the lawn ($8).

Drunk in Love at Red Owl Tavern
Drunk in Love at Red Owl Tavern

Midtown Village / Wash West

Blackberry Lemonade at Pennsylvania 6

Black raspberry liqueur chambord adds depth to this mix of bourbon, fresh lemon juice and ginger ale, best sipped in a high-backed red leather booth at this Midtown Village lounge ($10).

Philly Shandy at McGillin’s Olde Ale House

The 150-year-old tavern in the heart of Center City mixes Philadelphia Brewing Co. Walt Wit with lemon soda and spikes it with half a shot of watermelon liqueur for a seriously inexpensive pick-me-up ($4.50).

Bourbon Lemonade at Garces Trading Company

Housemade honey syrup sweetens the mix of Jim Beam bourbon and fresh lemon juice at Jose Garces’ ode to global cuisine in Wash West ($10).

Thyme Out at Craftsman Row Saloon

Take a break from scoping out diamonds on Jeweler’s Row with this blend of citrus vodka and herbal housemade thyme lemonade ($10).

Berry Lemonade at Drury Beer Garden

Take backyard chill to the limit at this beer garden from the proprietors of Opa tucked next to McGillin’s with a glass of raspberry vodka shaken with lemon and simple syrup ($8).

Basil Lemonade at Barbuzzo

At this Midtown Village anchor from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, hand-torn basil leaves infuse a cooling mix of vodka and housemade lemonade ($10).

Old City

Blueberry Lemonade at Morgan’s Pier

Few better uses for the big plastic cups on the deck beside the Ben Franklin Bridge than this combo of Stoli Blueberry, fresh-squeezed lemonade and fresh blueberries — it’s second in popularity only to the signature Watermelon Rickey ($9).

Blueberry Lemonade at Morgan’s Pier
Blueberry Lemonade at Morgan’s Pier Credit: Morgan’s Pier

Sgroppino at Capofitto

At this Old City pizza and gelato haven, channel thoughts of Venice with this traditional Italian vodka-prosecco refresher, made even better thanks to world’s best Capogiro lemon sorbetto ($10).

Brandy Crusta at the Olde Bar

Settle into a high-backed bar stool at this Garces lounge in Old City and sip on a weekend-only glass of cognac, dry curacao, lemon juice and simple syrup, served with a sugared rim ($10).

Panorama Fresco at Panorama

At this Italian wine bar with a Delaware River view, fresh basil is muddled with fresh lemon, given an extra dose of citrus from grapefruit juice and Limoncello, then shaken with quality vodka and club soda. Bonus: Half all proceeds go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation ($12).

Tie Me Up Tie Me Down at Amada

Pedro Almodóvar’s classic romantic comedy provides inspiration for this rosemary-garnished cocktail of house-infused citrus vodka and fresh lemon juice at Jose Garces’ Old City original ($12.50).

Tie Me Up Tie Me Down at Amada
Tie Me Up Tie Me Down at Amada Credit: Amada

Old City Iced Tea at Plough and the Stars

Despite the neighborhood (it’s changing, you know), this isn’t a Long Island-style blitzkreig — it’s an easy-drinking refresher of housemade lemonade, real-brewed unsweetened iced tea and a shot of citrus vodka ($8).

Electric Lemonade at J.J. Bootleggers

Following the general theme of this Old City saloon, this glass of fresh lemonade gets its zing from Ole Smoky White Lightnin’ moonshine, plus a moonshine-soaked cherry for garnish ($10).

Eraserhood / Loft District / Viaduct / What we calling this area these days?

Backstabbin’ Betty at Brick and Mortar

Spiced up with a house tincture pink peppercorn, this blend of Pinnacle vodka, lemon cordial and Lillet rosé at the hot spot by the Reading Viaduct is out to get you — if don’t drink it first ($10).

Backstabbin’ Betty at Brick and Mortar
Backstabbin’ Betty at Brick and Mortar

South Philly

Two Street Shuffle at Palladino’s

This East Passyunk Italian does an ode to the famous South Philly party street across town by blending gin with maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon juice and chartreuse simple syrup ($15).

Me & Mrs. Jones at Devil’s Den

At this Bella Vista tavern, rum from Kensington’s Red Brick distillery is infused with basil, then stirred together with pineapple and lime juice and topped off with sparkling water ($9).

Fizz Lemon at Buckminster’s

At this unexpectedly modern bistro in Point Breeze, a frothy coupe glass carries more depth than you’d think, thanks to smoky mezcal, tart lemon cordial and herbal amaro shaken with the egg whites ($9).

Fizz Lemon at Buckminster’s
Fizz Lemon at Buckminster’s Credit: Buckminster’s

West Philly / Northwest Philly

Licensed to Dill at the Fat Ham

According to his staff, chef Kevin Sbraga is “obsessed” with dill, so he must love this combo of dill-infused gin, fresh lemon juice, cucumber water and lemon chartreuse served at his petite West Philly dining room ($10).

Cucumber Lemonade at CoZara

University City’s sleek izakaya muddles a handful of cucumber, adds a squeeze of lemon, drizzles in some simple syrup and shakes it all up with cucumber vodka before garnishing with more cucumber and a splash of soda ($12).

Six Inch Heels at Maya.J

Sasha Fierce herself inspired this spritzer at the Manayunk small-plater. Lemonade livens up with pisco brandy, triple sec, chambord and prosecco, “for all the women who work hard and are slaying while doing it!” ($11).


Thyme Rye at Nectar

At this modern Asian bistro in Berwyn, Bulleit rye adds a spark to lemonade that’s been steeped with fresh local thyme and sweetened with Caledonia Spirits Raw Honey from Vermont ($12).

Thyme Rye at Nectar
Thyme Rye at Nectar Credit: Nectar

Lemon Sorbetini at 30 Main

At this Main Line bistro, a martini glass filled with a scoop of lemon sorbet gets topped with limoncello, vanilla vodka and Absolut Citron, then garnished with a sprig of fresh mint ($12).

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade at Azie on Main

Pair the French-influenced Japanese cuisine at this Villanova spot with a glass of champagne swirled with blueberry reduction and a shot of citrus vodka ($11).

Blackberry Lemonade Quencher at Applebee’s

If you find yourself at one of the local outposts of this national chain, this sweetened combo of tart blackberries and fresh lemonade is not a bad way to go — especially because 25 cents from each glass is donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation ($2.99).

MainLine Lemon at Savona

This Italian wine bar in Gulph Mills adds a dash of chocolate bitters to a glass of prosecco sparked with fresh lemon juice and soothed with honey, then tops it off with a fresh leaf of mint ($14).

Italian Lemonade at Treno

Cross the bridge to Westmont and you can relax with a simple but elegant mingling of housemade basil lemonade and a double shot of Tito’s vodka, garnished with fresh basil ($10).

Italian Lemonade at Treno
Italian Lemonade at Treno Credit: Treno

Lemonatta at the Dilworthtown Inn

In the 18th century building housing this West Chester dining room (on an estate granted to his friends the Dillworths by one William Penn), kick back with a combo of Smirnoff citrus vodka, lemonade and plenty of limoncello ($12).

Rosemary, Strawberry and Beet Ginger Lemonade at b.good

Local outposts of this good-for-you fast-casual chain (with locations in Wynnewood, Marlton and Mt. Laurel) does three varieties on the classic, all made with pure cane sugar and real fruits, herbs and veggies ($2.09).

Danya Henninger is director and editor of Billy Penn at WHYY, where she oversees the team, all editorial decisions, and all revenue generation, including the membership program. She is a former food and...