Today I walked around Astoria and at times felt really warm. Luckily, there are ways to cool down, and one of my favorites is to have a cool drink. Here are some that have knocked my socks off lately.
Cold brewed coffee at The Queens Kickshaw. I treated myself to a glass of this today, in fact. It’s just really good – even by itself sans milk, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t usually drink her coffee black. That being said, I ended up putting half and half into today because I wanted to gild the lilly. I love how they have it on tap, too. The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway, Astoria; 718.777.0913
Iced Latte at Sweetleaf. I’ve had a couple of iced lattes at Sweetleaf, and they are simply remarkable. So rich and creamy, having one always gives me a pleasant start to my day. They’ve recently used beans from Ritual coffee, a roaster based in SF, which I’ve enjoyed a lot as the source coffee for my latte. Sweetleaf, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City; 917.832.6726
Sorrel Drink from Melting Pot. I ate at this Jamaican restaurant today, located on the corner of Vernon and 36th Avenue, and was so happy to have tasted their jerk chicken. I also saw a big glass container of sorrel, which is a common drink in the West Indies. It’s made form the flower of a certain kind of hibiscus plant that grows down there in the Caribbean. Theirs has a nice tang to it, balancing out the sweetness, that I adore. I am already anticipating my next glass there. Melting Pot, 36-01 Vernon Blvd., Astoria; 718.606.2670
Iced Paris Tea at Waltz Astoria. I had this recently and I must say – it hasn’t lost one ounce of its charm. I love the slight but present tannins and the vanilla aftertaste, too. At our house, we love it so much we buy tins of the tea from Waltz, but inevitably I come back for a glass of iced Paris tea there, too. Waltz Astoria, 23-14 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria; 718.956.8742
Horchata at Casa Enrique. I love horchata, a rice beverage, and Casa Enrique’s is fab. As you can tell from this photo, I sucked down a bunch of it before it occurred to me to snap a pic. Theirs is not overly sweet, it’s creamy, and you can actually taste that it was made with rice (alas, many do not taste that way). Delicious. Casa Enrique, 5-48 49th Ave., Long Island City; 347.448.6040
Cold glass of wine from Astoria Park Wine and Spirits. Tonight I plan to break open a bottle of white to have before and with dinner. I’ve been consistently impressed with the wines I’ve bought here, and the service is great – they are always willing and happy to recommend wines, and their recommendations have led to my eventually claiming the wines as favorites. Astoria Park Wine and Spirits; 28-07 24th Ave., Astoria; 718.606.1142