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It wouldn’t be summer without National Lemonade Day! Fishers Island Lemonade (FIL) kicked off the festivities with a happy hour hidden in New York’s trendy escape from the city, Governors Island. Held on August 16, the evening was spent celebrating Fisher’s craft cocktail lemonades in all their forms including sparkling, frozen (in ice pop form), and of course, in pink.
Taco Vista, the company’s summer collaborator, provided h’orderves and hosted the event which also sought to recognize the entrepreneurial sprit behind the holiday. FIL founder, Bronya Shillo, celebrated her eighth National Lemonade Day as an entrepreneur in a male dominated industry that credits her a pioneer.
Since their launch in 2014, the brand has expanded from their original lemonade cocktails, to more options in a variety pack; a milestone that was launched and celebrated in May. This happy hour afforded an intrigued crowd the opportunity to try all four versions of the cocktail, and the icy pop, under the sunset.
Fishers Island Lemonade, a gluten free mix of lemon, honey, distilled vodka and barrel aged whiskey, is available for purchase on the company website where the Fishers team shares recipes for boozy lemonade cocktails that’ll make for great end of summer drinks!
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Bronya Shillo had her “aha” moment in her mid twenties when she decided to clean houses and bartend to fund and create, the drink getting all the buzz, Fishers Island Lemonade. Shillo told her story on May 18 while celebrating the launch of Fishers first ever variety pack.
Festivities took place in New York’s Five Iron Golf, very on brand considering Fisher Island Lemonade (FIL) is enjoyed, mainly, on golf courses. However, Shillo began to notice the drinks popularity when it would sell out every weekend at the bar in her family-owned business, The Pequot Inn, Fishers Island, NY.
The canned cocktail was inspired by the signature house cocktail at the Inn, where the Salve Regina alum whipped up her first batches of lemonade. The recipe was finalized in 2014 and FIL was in the hands of consumers by Memorial Weekend. “Our mission is really to be the best tasting sprit based, canned cocktail out there,” Shillo said during her story. “I drink this, almost everyday; maybe every weekend?” she admitted, “So does my family, and I take a lot of pride in the ingredient base and the quality that we put in the can.”
Fast forward to 2021, Fishers released a cranberry based cocktail called the “Pink Flamingo,” a “Spiked Tea” and a sparkling “Fizz” drink to join the “Original” cocktail. Now, the company is “looking forward to our eight Memorial Day as a brand,” since their launch; according to Chief Marketing Officer, Russell Pareti.
FIL brings the sweet without the sour and is also very refreshing! All four flavors can be enjoyed in the variety pack this summer; with the brands delicious Frozen Spirit Pops.
It’s like your everyday lemonade, except way better and with vodka