1. ice, ice baby
In the mood for a tangy and sweet dessert? Head to this Midtown bakery for a traditional lemon icebox pie, right. A velvety, cheesecake-like slice offers a smooth, rich lemon flavor inside a flaky graham cracker crust. A light and fluffy Cool Whip and cream cheese topping adds the perfect balance.
Delish Bakery & Eatery • 23 Upham St., 473-6115.
2. Be there and be squared
You can’t go wrong with the classic standby: the lemon square. The two-layered dessert features a brownie-like bottom layer with a distinctly lemon flavor. A cream cheese and powdered sugar top layer adds welcome sweetness. Stop by and pick up a single square, or buy these local favorites by the dozen.
Andree’s Wine, Cheese & Things • 403 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope. 928-8863
3. put the lemon in the coconut
Lemon and coconut go together like summer and sunshine. A delectable, jelly-like lemon filling separates layers of moist white cake. Garnished with an outer layer of coconut over cream cheese frosting, this cake is sold whole or by the slice. And since it’s homemade by the owner herself, Kelly Haughton, you know it’ll be good and fresh!
Chat-a-Way Cafe • 4366 Old Shell Rd., 343-9889.
4. chill out
Summer is the perfect time for ice cream, and Old Dutch flavors run the gamut. Their ever-popular, secret recipe lemon custard ice cream promises to impress with extra creamy texture and just the right amount of lemony goodness.
Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe • 2511 Old Shell Rd., 471-1710.
DID YOU KNOW? While 95 percent of the country’s lemons are grown in California and Arizona, Alabama produces a variation. The Meyer lemon, a cross between an orange and a lemon, tolerates the few cold spells of coastal Alabama’s climate better than the traditional yellow citrus.
text by Chelsea Wallace adams • photo by summer ennis