The funky Asian drink isn’t even the weirdest thing we sip. Here’s five more wacky drink trends.
The hottest drink trend is gouda to the last drop.
Tea lovers in China are waiting almost three hours to get their oolong or matcha brew topped with whipped cheese. And now this “cheese tea” is popping up in New York, Florida and L.A.
These cups of hot or iced tea (classic green, fruit-flavored or chocolate) are topped with a fluffy layer of whipped cheese cream. When you sip it at just the right 40 to 45-degree angle, the sweet and salty taste of the cheese mixes with the earthy and grassy flavor of the tea to get what one Conde Nast Traveler writer describes as, “a refreshing tea milkshake.”
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You’re also left with an Instagrammable cheese-’stache.
Happy Lemon in Flushing, Queens serves cheese tea in four flavors, including matcha, chocolate, green and black tea for between $3.50 and $4 a pop. Little Fluffy Head in Los Angeles steeps up its game by using real cheese (including cheddar and creme brulee flavors) in lieu of the cheese powder that’s generally whipped into the cream. Its elaborate drinks, including the Dirty Mess Milk Tea (black milk tea, creme brulee cheese cream and crushed Oreas on top) run $6 to $7.
But this is far from the strangest drinking trend to spill over your Instagram feed – remember the rainbow-colored chaos surrounding Starbucks’ unicorn frappuccino earlier this year?
Here’s a handful of the most hard-to-swallow libations making the rounds on your social media feeds.
The knee-jerk reaction to the unicorn frap is going to the dark side with these black lattes made from activated charcoal, which some say detoxes drinkers by reducing gas. The science behind these health claims is more dubious, but the smoke-colored drink mixed with milk and sugar visually cures your candy-colored hangover. They’re a big hit in the U.K. and Asia, and it’s only a matter of time before the hit the U.S. like black ice cream did, thanks to Morgenstern’s Coconut Ash cones in NYC.
PICKLE JUICE SODA
Pickle products are a big dill lately – see the Van Holten’s Pickle-Ice pops coming to Walmart this summer. So now Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop based in Ohio and Pennsylvania is bottling Pickle Juice Soda for $2.50 a pop, mixing the bubbly brine with cane sugar. And that’s not even the funkiest fizz out there. There’s also Butter Soda from Rocket Fizz. And the cinnamon-flavored Pepsi Fire rolled out this week for a limited eight-week run.
The joke’s on us. Australia’s Truman Cafe thought it would be funny to pour a latte into half of an avocado skin, combining two of Millennials’ current food fetishes: avocado toast, and trendy lattes. They posted a video of their “avolatte” on Instagram – but now customers are actually lining up to order the damn thing. One of the baristas put it best: “It’s literally coffee in a piece of rubbish.” Even Brooklyn’s all-avocado restaurant, the Avocaderia, isn’t touching this one. “Longevity over gimmicks for us!” a rep told Moneyish.
Melbourne is also responsible for this nightmare vegan blend, which combines a protein patty, green matcha bun, rice paper bacon, avocado, beetroot kraut and beetroot hummus into a smoothie for $20. “’Picture a warm burger blended with cold matcha flavoured milk. Semi-savoury, semi-sweet,” the Matcha Mylk Bar cofounder said of his gag-inducing blend. But at least they have some sense – they ultimately decided not to put it on the menu. Maybe there’s hope for us yet.
THE UNICORN FRAPPUCCINO
We blame this color-changing beverage beast for the monstrosities above. The creamy frap blended with mango syrup and dusted with sweet pink and sour blue powders looked like Lisa Frank threw up in a cup. But customers couldn’t get enough. Baristas had public meltdowns. And even after the unicorn frap’s limited run ended, customers demanded that Starbucks workers use up the remaining unicorn powder to whip up “dragon” and “mermaid” frappuccinos. And other unicorn drinks remain, including Brooklyn cafe the End’s unicorn latte for $9, or Fat Monk’s hot pink My Lisa Frank Notebook cocktail garnished with a unicorn head.
This story was originally published on May 23, 2017, and has been updated with more restaurants serving cheese tea.
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