Strawberry and mango lassi from Tandoor or Saffron (GSO)
While the mango lassi is standard in most Indian restaurants, including Golden India in Winston-Salem and India Palace in Greensboro, its strawberry counterpart created a place on the list for this Indian classic. The yogurt-based drinks come in both savory and sweet flavors and provide a refreshing break from the spiciness of the Indian meals. While the mango lassi seemed thicker and less sweet than the strawberry one, both could serve as desserts or quick snacks on the go. Tandoor India Restaurant and Saffron Indian Cuisine both serve the two varieties.
Raspberry lemonade @ Pane e Vino (W-S)
It is too hot to sit on the patio at Pane e Vino, in the Reynolda Village shopping center near Wake Forest University, but luckily the restaurant lets in a lot of natural light. The sandwich board outside no longer advertises the venue’s strawberry and raspberry lemonades, but both are still available.
The raspberry variety offers a fresh respite from the heat, with a subtle sweetness that feels more appropriate than an overly sugary alternative. The lemon component is easily detectable but hangs in the background, like the rhythm section keeping the beat, while the raspberry takes center stage.
Banana split mocha frappuccino @ Beansboro (GSO)
One of the heavier drinks on the list, this caffeinated twist on America’s classic dessert is perfect for all ages. The sweet blended concoction that boasts a hint of bananas covered in chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream just screams red, white and blue. Just in time for the Fourth of July.
Blended juices @ Manny’s Universal Café (GSO)
Manny’s Universal Café in Greensboro produces freshly squeezed beet, celery, carrot or apple juice in any combination you’d like to taste. However, it’s not on the menu — you have to ask Margarita for a drink if you wish to enjoy your custom creation.