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Unusual drink combos that work for you?

fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 07:48 AM

I read about someone here on Chowhound that inadvertantly mixed her tea with her cocao
one sleepy morning only to discover that she had created a new and pleasingly palatable morning drink. I ordered the combo from a willing mixer at an espresso bar yesterday.
I'm calling it "Choco-la-Tea"
What combos have you come up with?

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    burlgurl RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 08:05 AM

    well i make my own "orange julius" type drink..i combine milk and OJ in a martini shaker with lots of ice and shake it up!

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    1. re: burlgurl
      HungryRubia RE: burlgurl Mar 10, 2008 10:51 AM

      In the Dominican Republic we have a drink like that...we call it Morir Soñando which translates to "Die Dreaming".

      It's delicious!

    2. scuzzo RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 08:28 AM

      Being allergic to caffeine, I drink a lot of herbal teas, hot or cold. Mix a lot of varieties. Right now I'm making peppermint tea with fresh ginger. It's nice.

      I've heard something about adding herbs to red wine, but have not tried it. I guess you stuff a few sprigs in the bottle and recork for a day or two. Sounds fun to experiment with. Now that I think about it, it might be fun to infuse sage into some white wines even.

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        tatamagouche RE: scuzzo Mar 8, 2008 08:47 AM

        Wow, that is interesting, herb-infused wine. Do you recall where you heard about it?
        I just wrote on my blog (address in profile if you're interested) in a post titled "Is it gross or is it genius?" about the fact that I've been drinking gin & pickle juice. Although most people seem to think it's the former.

        I do like calimocho too, I fear.

        How come no one makes cocktails with Yoohoo? Or do they? Some years ago in Boston everyone was using Tang, but I think that's slowed to a halt.

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          fruglescot RE: tatamagouche Mar 8, 2008 09:00 AM

          I read your blog occasionally tatamaqouche (but the guy with the bloodied eye?).
          I'm waiting until all the raisins soaking in gin in my kitchen are eaten up and then I will add some of the liquid to the brine in the bread & Butter pickles and get back to you with a rating. I've always enjoyed both drinks on their own I might add.
          Any thoughts on the Choco-La-Tea ?

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            tatamagouche RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 09:24 AM

            The guy with the bloody eye has a PhD and speaks I believe 5 languages, BTW.

            I'm confused—you're soaking raisins in gin, and then you're going to add some of that liquid to pickles that you're making, and *then* you're going to drink it with more gin?

            The chocolatea doesn't sound weird to me given what people are putting in chocolate bars these days. I'd drink it.

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              fruglescot RE: tatamagouche Mar 8, 2008 10:26 AM

              The raisins soaked in gin is an old and time tested home remedy.I eat 9 of them per day and the 'current' supply is almost finished.When all I have left is the gin I will make a drink of it and some brine from the bread and butter pickles in the fridge. What are you calling this combo?

              1. re: fruglescot
                amethiste RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 11:24 AM

                I realize you weren't asking me but "Rai-Gin Pickle Juice" comes to mind. :-)

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                  fruglescot RE: amethiste Mar 8, 2008 11:51 AM

                  Thanks for your submission amethiste. We might all be 'rai-gin'
                  after a few swigs of that combo. Does that drink sound appealing to your tastes?

                  The 'Three Meatballs Award for your suggestion-
                  Click on below
                  Rescue me.

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                    tatamagouche RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 01:30 PM

                    Hmm. Pickles & raisins might be too much even for me. But I applaud your derring-do.

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                      fruglescot RE: tatamagouche Mar 8, 2008 07:07 PM

                      OF ALL THE GIN JOINTS IN ALL THE WORLD AND SHE......
                      Oh my God tata. When the raisins 'run out'... I'll use the gin remnants to mix with the pickle juice. Am I advocating mixing raisins and pickles? I don't think so.

          2. re: tatamagouche
            phoenikia RE: tatamagouche Mar 8, 2008 09:06 AM

            I guess someone does: http://www.cocktail.com/recipes/k/Kah...


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              tatamagouche RE: phoenikia Mar 8, 2008 09:27 AM

              Hmm. Maybe I'll try it, but I'd better get drunk first.

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                phoenikia RE: tatamagouche Mar 8, 2008 10:09 AM

                One thing I've been meaning to try to make is an alcoholic Greek frappe (iced coffee made with European Nescafe), replacing the milk with Talea or Bailey's. Maybe this summer, I'll finally try it;)

            2. re: tatamagouche
              moh RE: tatamagouche Mar 8, 2008 11:39 AM

              Although I initially was dubious of the gin and pickle juice combo, I have done some thinking and realized, isn't this just a riff on the classic combo of a gin martini and an olive? Similar idea, and totally delish! So put me in the "genius" camp. I love pickles!

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                tatamagouche RE: moh Mar 8, 2008 01:25 PM

                That's what I said! Great minds think alike.

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                scuzzo RE: tatamagouche Mar 8, 2008 05:49 PM

                I think I saw it on The Food Network. Wish I could remember details.

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: scuzzo Mar 8, 2008 08:26 PM

                  apparently there's an entire cookbook on the subject...


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                    scuzzo RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 8, 2008 08:42 PM

                    Thank you!!! I HAVE that cookbook. That's where I saw it. Haven't looked at it in a while though!

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                      goodhealthgourmet RE: scuzzo Mar 9, 2008 06:03 PM

                      oooh, fun. let us know if you do any experiments...

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                        scuzzo RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 9, 2008 06:50 PM

                        I just now stuffed some fresh rosemary and thyme into a bottle of two buck Chuck cab. I'll let you know!

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                          scuzzo RE: scuzzo Mar 9, 2008 07:48 PM

                          Well it's only been an hour and decided to try it. VERY nice! Maybe too strong by tomorrow. I had added 2 pretty generous sprigs of rosemary and about 6 sprigs of thyme. I swirled the bottle a couple times during the hour. Right now it has just a nice hint of herbs that make it fresh and unique without being "knock you over the head". I say try it. Next, sage with Chardonnay!!!

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                            fruglescot RE: scuzzo Mar 9, 2008 08:22 PM

                            You're just what we were looking for when we started this thread scuzzo. "A creative mixologist"

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                              goodhealthgourmet RE: scuzzo Mar 10, 2008 03:45 PM

                              oooh, i like the chard idea because i'm a fan of herbaceous whites.

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                                scuzzo RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 11, 2008 08:18 PM

                                Tonight I bought some mediocre Fisheye Chard. I put some in a jar with sage (crushed a bit with my hands first), PLUS a good handful of lemon thyme. Wow! I totally dig this! Let it sit a few hours and it's so good. Subtle, fresh, complex, and just terrific.

                                Would love if anyone else tries this to report. Maybe we need a new thread?

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                                  fruglescot RE: scuzzo Mar 11, 2008 10:26 PM

                                  Are you describing a drink here,scuzzo?

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                                    scuzzo RE: fruglescot Mar 11, 2008 10:34 PM

                                    Chardonnay infused with sage and lemon thyme. Then drunk as wine. It was tasty!

              3. goodhealthgourmet RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 10:17 AM

                makes me think of the "choclatea" line of chocolates from smile chocolatiers - hand-blended with crush tea...


                they're delicious, btw.

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                  cimui RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 10:58 AM

                  Lipton tea bag with orange juice and mulling spices, served warm

                  In Hong Kong, there's a drink made of half coffee and half tea. It sounds awful, but it's actually pretty good.

                  Cream added to most juices = tasty creamsicle

                  The weirdest (to me) drink that I like, though, is a salt lassi made with cumin and asetofeda.

                  Micheladas made with negro modelo and tamarind are also unusual for this country and in my book very tatsy.

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                    Kinnexa RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 11:19 AM

                    I've never tried it, but I'm intrigued by the idea of shandy--half-beer, half lemonade, British, I think. It sounds a bit gross, but I do improve cheap beer with a big hunk of lemon or lime, or even lemon juice if I'm desperate.

                    Anyone know how to make a decent shandy? Or where it's available commercially in the northeast US?

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                      cimui RE: Kinnexa Mar 8, 2008 12:22 PM

                      Sounds just like a porch crawler to me: http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink5968....

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                        linguafood RE: Kinnexa Mar 8, 2008 05:27 PM

                        In Germany that's a highly popular summer drink called either Alster or Radler, depending on region/city/neighborhood/bar/bartender.... let's just say if you want to make sure you're getting a lager with sprite instead of fanta, you always ask.

                        It's a very refreshing summer drink, and a fantastic way to ease yourself from a sunny afternoon in the beer garden into the *real* beer drinking of the evening ...

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                          JungMann RE: linguafood Mar 10, 2008 08:09 AM

                          That reminds me of another German quaff: Diesel. Half coke, half lager. It's a good way to avoid getting overfull on beer when you're drinking it by the Maß.

                        2. re: Kinnexa
                          AndyP RE: Kinnexa Mar 8, 2008 07:42 PM

                          Hey Kinnexa,

                          As I learned it in the British pubs in Tokyo, a Shandy is equal parts beer, (usually a lager, but not a rule) and ginger ale. Substituting a shandy for a bloody mary is requisite for the Sunday morning precursor to the noon-time Carvery. (Roasted beef, pork, and mutton, served with all the traditional fixin's).


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                            revsharkie RE: AndyP Mar 9, 2008 05:21 PM

                            I remember seeing billboards when I was in Ireland, years and years ago, for a shandy made with Guinness and 7-up. Y'all can have my share of that. I'll take my Guiness straight up and my 7-up mixed with Pernod.

                          2. re: Kinnexa
                            Reene902 RE: Kinnexa Mar 10, 2008 05:50 AM

                            We drank that concoction at frat parties in college... They called it "hop, skip, and go naked".

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                              geg5150 RE: Reene902 Mar 10, 2008 09:29 PM

                              Yep, we did H,K and GN, too, but it was pink lemonade, beer and vodka! Geez, I have a headache just thinking of it.

                              Or "hunch punch" which was whatever alcohol could be gotten with hawaiian punch to hide the taste.

                            2. re: Kinnexa
                              FoodieKat RE: Kinnexa Mar 16, 2008 06:17 PM

                              Lemon shandy is really refreshing, especially in the summer. The lemonade they use in the UK though is a type of sparkling soda (kind of like Sprite, but with just lemon-flavour, NO lime in the mix). Shandies taste better, IMO, with a decent-quality lager beer, but I've tried them with cheap lager and also pale ales and they're not too bad. I've tried making a shandy with Sprite before too, and though it's OK it doesn't taste the same.

                              British grocers should carry Bass Shandy in cans. It's very low alcohol content (even kids drink it in the UK). Just look for it in the section with other sodas.

                            3. fromagina RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 11:24 AM

                              My favorite cold weather drink is hot apple juice with a squirt of hot sauce.. either Sriracha or Tabasco.

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                                tatamagouche RE: fromagina Mar 8, 2008 01:25 PM

                                Wow! Could you add rum?

                              2. watercress RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 11:32 AM

                                I don't think it's THAT weird, but I like to make lavender vodka.

                                1. Veggo RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 11:38 AM

                                  My unsweetened batches of agua de jamaica (basically hibiscus tea) goes well over ice with a shot of clear cuban rum.
                                  I think it would also work with chicha morada, but I'm clueless as to sourcing Peruvian blue corn or ready-made but not sweetened chicha morada.

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                                    fromagina RE: Veggo Mar 8, 2008 11:45 AM

                                    THAT sounds good! Horchata and rum is good too. Okay.. here's a favorite boozy drink I learned from Jimmy-the-Greek: a cup of yoghurt, a shot of ouzo, a few twists of black pepper, a splash of water..

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                                      Veggo RE: fromagina Mar 8, 2008 01:37 PM

                                      Horchata and rum?? Isn't that one of those things our mamas told us not to do, like mixing bleach with Lestoil? :)

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                                        fruglescot RE: fromagina Mar 9, 2008 06:57 PM

                                        Do you have a name for this concoction?

                                      2. re: Veggo
                                        Sam Fujisaka RE: Veggo Mar 8, 2008 05:07 PM

                                        NO! leave chicha morada out of any mixing.

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                                          Veggo RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 8, 2008 05:16 PM

                                          Por que?

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                                            Sam Fujisaka RE: Veggo Mar 8, 2008 05:22 PM

                                            Its sweet and without a flavor strong enough to turn out unlike cool-aide and booze.

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                                              Veggo RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 8, 2008 05:38 PM

                                              Sam! I don't care for sweetened beverages. Please re-read my post 6 above, unless someone breaks in between. I wish I could find unsweetened chicha morada, or a means to make it myself. My unsweetened agua de jamaica is wonderful, with thanks to C'hounders.
                                              Sam; sorry we couldn't hook up in Mexico. And now I'm stuck (?) with all these cigars I procured for Bill Hunt! His loss; these Cohiba Siglo IV's are ambrosia.

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                                                Sam Fujisaka RE: Veggo Mar 8, 2008 06:12 PM

                                                Abazos, hermano!

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                                            Gio RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 8, 2008 05:28 PM

                                            Are you referring to it's medicinal implications, Sam? I thought it was just an innocuous summer drink.

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                                              Sam Fujisaka RE: Gio Mar 8, 2008 05:31 PM

                                              No. Chicha morada is great, but sweet and of a subtle flavor. Add booze and you get booze and Cool-Aide.

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                                                Gio RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 8, 2008 05:38 PM

                                                Ummmmm.... that does sound lethal. Good thing I don't like Cool-Aide.

                                        2. southernitalian RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 11:43 AM

                                          Fresca and whiskey - a frisky!
                                          Tomato juice and beer - a red eye!

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                                            mrsbuffer RE: southernitalian Mar 10, 2008 06:14 PM

                                            my favorite and extremely lethal drink du jour is half a glass of raspberry vodka poured over ice, and topped with Baileys. Last time I had three of them, I mooned an image of Curt Schilling on the television (Yankee fans forced to live/work 30 miles from Fenway)...
                                            Needless to say mrbuffer was, shall we say, amused.

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                                              FoodieKat RE: mrsbuffer Mar 16, 2008 06:27 PM

                                              That sounds yummy. Even better if you added chocolate liquer to the mix.

                                          2. scuzzo RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 05:52 PM

                                            Here's an interesting and bold combination. Add cayenne to chocolate flavored beverages. I've been making chocolate protein shakes and add cayenne to them. It's quite terrific. Start easy though.

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                                              Veggo RE: scuzzo Mar 8, 2008 06:05 PM

                                              Interesting and curious. We have had informal debates here about what one's choice would be if condemned to a desert island: chocolate or chilis. You are the first to suggest middling the two.

                                              1. re: Veggo
                                                Judith RE: Veggo Mar 8, 2008 06:35 PM

                                                Aren't chocolate and chilis the basis for most moles?

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                                                  scuzzo RE: Judith Mar 8, 2008 06:53 PM

                                                  Back in Minneapolis there was an ice cream specialty shop that made "chocolate coyote" ice cream. At the time, it was too spicy for my taste buds, but I did HIGHLY dig the combo. It was sweet, spicy, hot and cold!!! Especially wild as ice cream.

                                                  1. re: Judith
                                                    moh RE: Judith Mar 8, 2008 07:15 PM

                                                    I don't know about most moles (perhaps EatNopal can comment on this) but certainly the Aztecs classically combined chiles and chocolate. The original chocolate drinks were not sweetened however. Now, there are many people offering the combination of spicy chiles and chocolate. Jacques Torres has his "wicked" hot chocolate, one of my favorite shops in Montreal, Festin du Babette does a hot chocolate with Piment d'Espelette, these are just a few of the many people offering this delectable combo.

                                                  2. re: Veggo
                                                    revsharkie RE: Veggo Mar 9, 2008 05:23 PM

                                                    Didn't you ever see Chocolat?

                                                    We've taken to putting cayenne in our hot cocoa, even Mexican hot cocoa. Just adds that little dab of extra warmth.

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                                                  AndyP RE: fruglescot Mar 8, 2008 07:52 PM

                                                  Hey fruglescot,

                                                  Vodka and soda with a couple of drops of balsamic vinegar. Was reaching for the bitters, and grabbed the balsamico instead. Suprisingly good. Very refreshing, in a wierdly comfortingly way.


                                                  1. Aimi RE: fruglescot Mar 9, 2008 11:16 AM

                                                    Chocolate-orange: I love chocolate syrup (or sweetened cocoa powder) in orange juice.

                                                    Quick punch: Equal parts orange juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice. Add a splash of clear soda if desired.

                                                    Purple cow: Grape juice and milk.

                                                    Creamsicle: Orange juice and milk.

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                                                      Kinnexa RE: Aimi Mar 9, 2008 05:52 PM

                                                      Black cow: milk and Pepsi. My mother thought that would make "pop" healthy or something. I recall loving it, but can't imagine trying it today!

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                                                        johnb RE: Kinnexa Mar 9, 2008 05:57 PM

                                                        Lately, when getting a drink on the road at one of those serve yourself dispensers, I've been taking root beer and adding some half and half from the little containers at the coffee station. Basically a root beer float without the frozen part. Tastes pretty good. I posted about it once before and several others piped in that they do the same thing.

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                                                      KevinB RE: fruglescot Mar 10, 2008 11:23 AM

                                                      I've mentioned this in other threads, but a "Brown Cow" - equal parts chocolate milk and Vernor's. Add the Vernor's slowly, as it fizzes like crazy! Very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon (best if both are very cold).

                                                      1. im_nomad RE: fruglescot Mar 10, 2008 05:22 PM

                                                        what about Red Beer?

                                                        1. tatertotsrock RE: fruglescot Mar 10, 2008 06:41 PM

                                                          AVOCADO MILKSHAKE with a Candied Jalapeno on top...Loved it!!!

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                                                            scuzzo RE: tatertotsrock Mar 10, 2008 07:09 PM

                                                            THAT I want to try!

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                                                              tatertotsrock RE: scuzzo Mar 10, 2008 09:26 PM

                                                              One of my friends said that they drank avocado milkshakes while she was a little girl in the Philipines...without the candied jalapenos.
                                                              She said that it was just avocado sweetened condensed milk (or milk and lots of sugar) blended up.
                                                              Someone out here made me one back in 2001 and I loved it!!!! So yummy!
                                                              He also made me an avocado mousse for dessert that also had the little candied jalapenos on it...mmm....I could go for some of that right now!

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                                                                JungMann RE: tatertotsrock Mar 11, 2008 08:07 AM

                                                                Avocado milkshakes are definitely underrated! I didn't know avocados could be savory until I was at least 8!

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                                                            qwertyu RE: fruglescot Mar 11, 2008 09:22 PM

                                                            i mix a half packet of hot chocolate with two large spoonfuls of taster's choice vanilla instant coffee all the time. amazing.

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                                                              guate RE: fruglescot Mar 12, 2008 08:30 PM

                                                              Caffeinated Italian sodas. Sparkling water, a shot of cold-brewed coffee, a shot of a complementary syrup such as hazelnut or toffee, all over ice. With or without a cream top. Much more refreshing than an iced latte.

                                                              I haven't tried it yet, but I imagine raspberry or other flavors that get paired with coffee would work as well.

                                                              I invented it, but imagine someone else has, too. Anybody know what other people call this concoction?

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