9 July 2012

Strawberry Lemonade & Raspberry Ripple Cupcake (@CostaCoffee) [By @Cinabar]

The weather outside might be a bit changeable and rather wet, but at my table in Costa, summer has arrived. The menu has not been put off by the rain, it has still tried to capture the key ingredients of summer to cheer us all up. To be honest on a muggy day, a new ice drink sounds perfect, and the new raspberry cupcake is just about the smartest looking cake ever.

Strawberry Lemonade
The Strawberry Lemonade is a still drink, and although it is not ice blended (ie ice through and through) there is a fair amount of ice added to it to keep you cool on a hot day. The flavour is sweet but natural. The strawberry flavour takes the initial hit, and the lemon kicks in at the end of each sip with a slightly sharp edge to finish. It’s a super refreshing drink, and is perfect on a warm day. I much prefer this style of cold drink to the totally ice blended ones which just take far too long to drink, as you wait for them to melt.

Raspberry Ripple Cupcake
Well this cake is just stunning, reminding us of seaside ice creams complete with its own flake. Underneath the mountain of soft icing, was a lovely vanilla sponge, it was soft and had a good fresh baked flavour. Hidden inside it was a dollop of natural tasting raspberry jam, which wasn’t too sweet but added a nice touch. The topping was super sweet, but also soft and remarkably creamy. The ripple sauce was also very sweet, and exactly what you would expect to find being laced over your Ninety-Nine at the ice cream van. It’s an amazing treat, but with all that sweetness you have to be in the mood for it! I have a very sweet tooth so was in total heaven.

Thank you Costa for bring a little sunshine to our table on a very wet and muggy day.
By Cinabar

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