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Beverage Tracker: A summer of watermelon, cocktails, mocktails and cold brew coffee

New drinks have been introduced at Abuelo’s, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Chick-fil-A, Del Taco, Dunkin’, Dutch Bros, First Watch, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Gordon Biersch, Jamba, Lemonade, Logan’s Roadhouse, Main Squeeze Juice Co., Nekter Juice Bar, Ocean Prime, Pollo Tropical, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Pure Green, Robeks, Roy Rogers Restaurants, Rusty Bucket, Shake Shack, Smashburger, Smoothie King, Smokey Bones, Sweet Chick, Sweet Paris Crêperie, Taco John’s, TGI Fridays, Tim Hortons, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Wayback Burgers, Which Wich and Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade

There are a lot of new watermelon drinks on offer this summer, including beverages from Abuelo’s, First Watch, Jamba, Main Squeeze Juice Co., Nekter Juice Bar, Shake Shack, Smoothie King, Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade.

There are also new cocktails at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Jamba, Logan’s Roadhouse, Ocean Prime, Pollo Tropical, Rusty Bucket, Smokey Bones, Sweet Chick, Sweet Paris Crêperie and TGI Fridays, and a new beer at Gordon Biersch.

Dunkin’s has rolled out an array of new additions to drinks, such as sweet cold foam and popping bubbles. It also has smoked vanilla cold brew, among other things, as a limited time offer, and its testing cold brew coffee with coconut water in some markets and kombucha — yes, kombucha — in others.

Taco John’s has cold brew, too, now, and Roy Rogers has it as an LTO, while Dutch Bros. and Tim Hortons are testing new versions of that coffee genre.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has a whole new lemonade platform, Smashburger has a lemonade shake, Wayback Burgers has tangerine lemonade and Lemonade the fast-casual chain has several new flavors of its namesake drink.

Del Taco is offering several chocolate-flavored drinks, Chick-fil-A is reprising its peach shake and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers has a Key lime pie shake.

Pure Green has a new drink with spirulina, Robeks has Keto-friendly smoothies and Which Wich has a collab with MTN Dew.

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