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If Whiskey Was Coffee, It Would Be Called Shakerato

Kit Campoy

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Orange vanilla shakerato.Photo credit: Hawthorn Coffee on Instagram.

Hawthorn Coffee, the neighborhood coffee shop on Adams Avenue, creates another irresistible iced coffee option just in time for spring.

The shakerato used to be a secret menu item, but it's now front and center. Two shots of espresso over ice with a dash of syrup and a simple garnish will keep patrons walking through their door all summer. There are three flavors to choose from, orange vanilla, lemon lavender, or honey cinnamon. There is no wrong choice.

I tried the orange vanilla recently, and it was the best new coffee creation I've tried in a year. It's served in what looks like a large shot glass, and it is garnished with a sliver of orange peel. It felt like I was drinking an old-fashioned for breakfast with coffee replacing whiskey.

Whenever coffee replaces alcohol in my favorite drink, I'm in.

The owners and staff of Hawthorn Coffee are warm, friendly, and genuine. They remember you by name and are ready to make your favorite drink even before ordering it. Hawthorn serves the coffee they roast themselves, Compa.

These guys are coffee fanatics and can talk coffee with you all day long. They know their stuff, and they are passionate about what they do.

The menu is stacked with not only great beverages but also great food. An array of specialty toasts, bagels, and even a chia pudding topped with granola and fruit are options. Any one of these is a no-brainer for breakfast.

Come for the coffee, stay for the food.

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