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Del’s Frozen Lemonade a Rhode Island Tradition

May 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

For the Memorial Day weekend I headed down to Portsmouth, Rhode Island which neighbors the popular tourist destination of Newport.  Because I was staying with a friend, I got the local tour of the island of Aquidneck which is home to both towns.  The tour included a stop at the Rhode Island tradition of Del’s Frozen Lemonade.  It was introduced to me as a staple of Rhode Island’s gastronomic experience.  After digging a little bit online, I discovered that not only can this Rhode Island treat be delivered anywhere, but it was founded in 1948 by Angelo DeLucia who brought the recipe from Italy.  The humble beginnings of this legendary beverage started with a small, push cart in Cranston.  Today there’s a store and many trucks peppered around all the popular hotspots in the area during the summer months. 

The trucks sport the tag line, “It’s refreshingly different.”  As soon as we spotted the painted lemons on a one near a beach, we pulled in to see a group of guys in line for the lemonade.  Not only is this a sign of Rhode Island, but a sign that summer has arrived.  After the crowd cleared we ordered our own lemonade.  It gets two thumbs up in my book!  It was refreshingly tangy and tasted like summertime in my mouth.  We enjoyed downing the drink with the help of the popular spoon-straw while watching beach-goers and surfers taking on the waves.  I couldn’t think of a better way to complement the Memorial Day weekend.

The low-down simply is if you’re in Rhode Island, don’t leave without having a Del’s Frozen Lemonade first!


This truck is by the beach which St. George’s boarding school overlooks.

Tags: Food

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nanna J // May 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    We lived in R.I when I was growing up. I so remember this lemonade. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
    It was a very wonderful way to refresh on a summer day.

  • 2 Lifecruiser Travel Blog // May 28, 2009 at 9:56 am

    1948? May old habits never die!!!!

  • 3 joan // Feb 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I remember when it was 25 cents for a small-50 for a medium and 75 for a large !

    OMG those prices have really gone up !

    Well worth it of course, but WOW !!

    ( I used to pay in monopoly money as a very small child and they would graciously accept my “5 dollar bill” :)

    Thank you Dells-

    Thanks for the memories !!!

  • 4 Helen Todd // Feb 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Joan!

    Thanks for sharing! That was the first time I’d ever tried Del’s so it’s great to hear from someone who’s known Del’s since childhood! I wish more places accepted monopoly money :).

  • 5 LindaY // Apr 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Even more shocking for me, Joan–it was 10 cents when I was a little girl for a small. :-)

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