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Coffee and tea are time-honored ways to get a morning jolt or afternoon pick-me-up. But when the weather is too hot to talk about, a smoothie or tall glass of fresh-pressed or squeezed juice may completely hit the spot. Sometimes, a protein-packed smoothie can also serve as a breakfast (or lunch or dinner). As for the juice, it’s far more sophisticated than the Capri Suns that once filled your day camp brown bagged lunch — think carrot and tons of green-hued sippers (kale is obviously often involved). More than just a tasty (and tasteful) experience, these sippers come in various cheerful colors from green to orange, sure to put you in a sunny state of mind, regardless of what Mother Nature has in mind.

From a rising star in Amagansett to a hidden gem on Shelter Island, these are the top juice bars and smoothie stops in the Hamptons and on the South Fork.

Doubles, 12 Amagansett Square, Amagansett, 631-557-3031

This laidback, happy spot serving Caribbean-style fare inside and ice cream cones through a window also knows how to blend a mean smoothie. It’s quickly become a go-to for smoothies since opening in 2022. The menu changes seasonally, but trust that it’s always Island time in these parts. The fan-favorite Island Blue smoothie has become a four-all-seasons mainstay. The blend of almond milk, coconut water, banana, almond butter, cinnamon and Blue Spirulina is a tropical escape in a tall cup. 

Naturally Good Foods and Café, 779 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, 631-668-9030

This health food store in Montauk has been a magnet for food Mexican cuisine and fresh foods long before TikTok and the ‘Gram made words like “natural” buzzy. Regardless of where you stand on the wellness trend — and we don’t have to go there — the smoothies and juices are worth drinking up. Juice offerings run the gamut from fresh-squeezed orange juice (for the newbies) to American Beauty, a flavor rollercoaster with apple, carrot and beet. For something creamier, opt for one of the many smoothie offerings such as Purple Rain, which includes acai and almond butter, or Breakfast in Barbados, which uses oats, banana, almond milk and honey to take your tastebuds someplace special.

Four Oaks Cafe & Juice Bar, 42 Jagger Ln, Southampton, 631-287-6445

This intimate café and juice bar boasts small wooden tables and white chairs inside and ample outdoor seating designed for al fresco sipping on a picturesque Hamptons summer afternoon. The drink in your hand? Consider a juice. The juice menu has 14 options, like carrot and orange and Refresh (orange, apple and carrots). There’s also a daily special. Smoothie offerings include ones with vanilla protein powder, peanut butter and oat milk. Alternatively, you can opt for a smoothie bowl that blurs the line between food and drink (and we’re not complaining).

Maria’s Kitchen, 55 N Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, 631-749-5450

This humble abode in Shelter Island Heights, with eat-in, take-out and garden seating options, has a loaded (but somewhat unheralded) juice and smoothie menu. Think a cool Summer Breeze (apple, cilantro, pineapple, cucumber and lime) and veggie-centric The J7 (tomato, cucumber, celery, kale and parsley). Guests can build their own smoothies with choices of fruit, vanilla low-fat yogurt and mango juice. Subs like almond or coconut milk are also on the table.

Joni’s Kitchen, 28 South Etna Ave, Montauk, 631-668-3663

This eclectic café with Montauk-forward décor like a large surfboard and colorful walls also serves up sippers bursting with flavors. Beauty School (watermelon and lemon) and Orange Twist (orange, lemon and ginger) are a few of the juices that look (almost) too pretty to sip. Ditto for the smoothie options, like Mornin’ with OJ, banana, yogurt and strawberries and white sands with coconut milk, nutmeg, and banana. Boosts like peanut butter and baby spinach can also be added, and straight-up ginger and spicy ginger shots are available.

Provisions Natural Foods Market and Organic Cafe, 7 Main St, Sag Harbor, 631-725-3636

Set a stone’s throw from the water, Provisions has weathered an oft-fickle Hamptons foodie scene and has served the East End for more than three decades. Freshly green juice with kale, cucumber, and a touch of sweetness from apple is on the menu, as are carrot and celery juices. Smoothie offerings include The Hempster (vanilla hemp milk, hemp seeds, chocolate hemp protein, banana and peanut butter) and Whey Nuts (coconut water, banana, cacao nibs, peanut butter and whey protein).

Juice Press, 93 Main St, Southampton

If you’re up for a chain, consider this spot on Southampton’s main drag, which has a drink menu worth peeping. Protein smoothies include a peanut butter chocolate that’ll have you side-eyeing Reese’s forever. A watermelon mango smoothie that also includes flax fiber, lemon juice, and pitaya is a fruity paradise for tastebuds.

Sagtown Coffee, 78 Main St, Sag Harbor, 631-725-8696

The interior at Sagtown Coffee is airy and cheerful, with white-splashed walls and a neon sign bearing the spot’s name. Moreover, the amiable service and top-notch cups of Joe make it a place with plenty of regulars. But the smoothie menu holds its own next to its caffeinated cousins. The strawberry banana is a total classic, while the cucumber mint with pineapple, ginger and lemon juice defines refreshing.