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Just Like Del's Famous Frozen Lemonade: Rhode Island's Ultimate Summer Refresher

By Kelsey Banfield |

Frozen Lemonade

I would make the recipe just like Del’s if I could, but I don’t have any snow. The original frozen lemonade was made with snow. Can you imagine how refreshing lemonade made with real snow would be? Del’s, the frozen lemonade company based in Rhode Island, is famous for this recipe and can be found all over the northeast in the summer, sometimes in trucks, sometimes at stands, selling their famous cold drink. Since I don’t live quite close enough to Del’s to buy it frequently, I decided to make my own version at home. I did it by stirring fresh lemonade into crushed ice. And I mean, massively crushed ice. So crushed that it was the texture of snow. It took a lot of work on my blender’s part, but it work out. A perfect refreshing summer drink for the whole family!

Just Like Del’s Famous Frozen Lemonade

1 batch homemade or store-bought lemonade

3 cups ice

Place the ice in a blender and blitz until almost crushed. Then, add the lemonade and blitz again until the mixture has a soft snowy texture. Serve!


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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “Just Like Del's Famous Frozen Lemonade: Rhode Island's Ultimate Summer Refresher

  1. Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet says:

    Yummy! I like to put lemonade in my ice cream maker to make frozen lemonade. Turns all slushy and so yummy!

  2. The real del's says:

    you can also buy a dry mix of del’s lemonade (or any of the other flavors) from the del’s lemonade website.

  3. Stacey E says:

    To make “snow” you can use an ice shaver. The one I have is called “Hawaiice” and it’s intended to make snow cones. I don’t imagine a new one would cost very much.

  4. Alina says:

    Thank you so much. I had to do a project on rhode island’s food and this helped a lot. Thanks!

  5. Michelle Webb says:

    To the author: I would seriously check your source of information! I was born and raised in Westerly, RI. Del’s started in Rhode Island. That is VERY true. As for eating snow in RI??? Not on your life! With the textile mills, and factories such as Electric Boat (builds submarines for US NAVY), Pfizer, Inc (Pharmaceuticuls), Hess Oil, a nuclear power plant, several military installations, the list goes on! Not to mention that Del’s began selling only from trucks and only in the summer months. I don’t know where you’re from, but in RI it only snows in the winter! Del’s is made from shaved ice. It is a variation of Italian Ice.

  6. Ashley says:

    also, if it is to be truly authentic it should have pieces of lemon rind and pith in the mix not just juice. the best part is when you find the pieces of lemon!!!

  7. Virginia says:

    Michelle Webb ~ Using snow to make Del’s is a true story. See and click on “The Del’s Story” tab. :)

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