Maybe you can’t take a beach vacation right now. That doesn’t mean you can’t take a new approach to city sippin’.
Remember those boozed-up milkshakes we mentioned? Here’s a secret: If you’re ambitious, you can make one yourself with some of the highest-quality chocolate in town. Just BYO to Bella Vista’s Golosa Cafe (806 S. 6th St.); this cozy and romantic European chocolate bar uses only the best in their Frullati al Cioccolato, cold chocolate shakes. While they’re rich in flavor, they have a frothy texture, noticeably lighter than your usual soda-shop milkshake, making for a refreshing finish to any summer dinner. Owner Fabio Scarpelli recommends adding a dark, spiced rum to most of his favorite drinks; try Arancino (70 percent chocolate with orange) or Cocco (70 percent chocolate with coconut.) If rum isn’t your taste, substitute a bottle of tequila, vodka or bourbon for daily changing pairings.
Kids aren’t necessarily the only people who want or need nonalcoholic mixed drinks, though. Mothers-to-be, teetotalers permanent or temporary—there are plenty of adults who don’t want to get tipsy but also don’t want to miss out on the vibe of their social circle.
PW's Taste of Philly 2014