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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 11:57 am | Updated: 7:17 am, Mon Aug 12, 2013.

When hot weather squelches your appetite, sip your way to refreshment with these chilling beverages.

BOBA DRINKS

The Street

1116 S. Dobson Road, Mesa

(480) 962-7575

Graffiti-covered walls (which customers are welcome to draw, paint or write on) will catch your eye at this mom-and-pop shop, but it’s the boba drinks that will captivate your taste buds. Reviewers on Yelp consistently rank The Street’s boba, or chewy, cooked tapioca beads, among the best they’ve had. In fact, one Yelper even wrote that she “will never eat another cookie, cupcake, or piece of pie again if The Street is a viable option.” The squishy boba “pearls” are served in a variety of smoothies, teas or slushies ($3.50-$5). It’s kind of like slurping a gummi bear up your straw.

LAVENDER LEMON FIZZ

Salut Kitchen Bar

1435 E. University Drive, Tempe

(480) 625-3600 or SalutKitchenBar.com

One look at this drink, served in a frosty, glacial blue glass made from a Bombay Sapphire gin bottle, and our temperature dips a few degrees.

Made with 2 oz. of gin, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, sparkling French lemonade and a homemade lavender syrup Salut bartenders create in-house by steeping lavender petals with water and sugar, the Fizz ($12, or $7 during happy hour) looks hefty but tastes light and refreshing. Subtly sweet, slightly tart, and garnished with a fragrant sprig of fresh-cut lavender, it’s among the bar’s most popular craft cocktails.

PRESSED JUICES

Original Chop Shop Co.

222 E. University Drive, Tempe

(480) 307-9336 or ChopShopCo.com

This fast-casual eatery made a name for itself in Old Town Scottsdale before opening this second location earlier this year near ASU by doing “healthy craft cuisine” for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Its array of 16-oz. pressed juices are a treat for those of us without juicers at home. The Kale Cleanse ($5.50) combines kale, orange, apple, lime and ginger and the Slim Squeeze ($6) blends pear, strawberry, orange, apple, kiwi, lemon and mint. The Build Your Own ($6) lets you choose four of nearly 20 fruits, veggies, roots and herbs.

Chop Shop also does 24-oz. protein shakes ($5.50), fresh-squeezed lemonade ($2-$4), coffee and tea.

• Got a hankering for a specific food, drink or other facet of the local dining scene? Let us know at getoutaz@evtrib.com, and we could feature your request in a future 3 to Try.

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