With fresh mint leaves and a potent infusion of ginger root, this lemonade ($3.50) from Earth Matters on the Lower East Side is equal parts refresher and tonic. It's more tart than sweet, the spicy heat of ginger creeping in slowly but ever so steadily, followed by the chill of mint.
Instead of whole leaves, the mint is chopped into little bits, infusing the drink with its oils and making sure you get a little pop of freshness in each sip. Lemonade might be the base, but it's the ginger and mint you taste most. One cup makes the hot and humid days of summer almost bearable.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond.