Re­fresher Course

Crafted with care, cool drinks make it easy to sip and stroll the sum­mer away

Ottawa Magazine - - TOO HOT TO COOK - By Cindy Deachman

Freddo Cap­puc­cino

“Anna, ya gotta do these freddo cap­pos. It’s the big­gest thing here!” said one of Anna Pa­padopou­los’s cousins from Greece. At the Nutty Greek Bake Shop, co-owner Pa­padopou­los pours espresso, made with Francesco’s beans, over ice; it’s topped with a dense milk foam with the high­est head ever (courtesy of their milk­shake ma­chine). $3.50. Nutty Greek Bake Shop, 490 Rochester St.

Lime Soda

Move over, 7Up — Bec’s lime soda from Mon­treal is here to stay! The soda is for “peo­ple who like pop but don’t want to ruin their health,” says co-founder Olivier Dionne. “We worked with chemists to come up with non-syn­thetic flavour­ings.” This lime pop is sweet­ened with maple syrup. $3. SuzyQ, 969 Welling­ton St. W.

Chè Ba Mau

This Viet­namese del­i­cacy looks like a par­fait, yet you drink it through a straw. And although it’s called Three Colour Drink, owner/chef Huong Nguyen at Huong’s in­sists she sees four! Count the sweet house­made lay­ers: red adzuki beans, yel­low mung beans, green agar-agar jelly, and white co­conut milk. $4. Huong’s Viet­namese Bistro, 359 Booth St.

Mango Granita

You can’t beat pure fruit — in this case, a gor­geous mango granita from gela­te­ria Man­to­vani 1946. The drink is made by blend­ing crushed ice with hand­made sor­betto. The sor­betto recipe — fruit and sugar, but not sweet­ened too much — comes all the way from the orig­i­nal Man­to­vani 1946 in Naples. So lush! $6. Man­to­vani 1946, 87 Mur­ray St.

Straw­berry Iced Tea

Nec­tar of the gods! Bril­liant red, this straw­berry iced tea comes from chocolatier Cylie. Or­ganic straw­berry white tea has been cold-steeped — long and slow. Then, along with ByWard Mar­ket strawberries, a sub­tle made-in-house vanil­l­abean syrup is added. Plus, the ice cubes are made from the tea. Such rar­i­fied bal­ance! $4.50. Cylie Ar­ti­sans Cho­co­latiers, 204 Dal­housie St.

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