Drink & Be Merry

Warm up this winter with these inventive and indulgent beverages from your neighborhood cafes.

Turtle Latte

The Mill, Fuquay-Varina

Savor a Turtle Latte (we added a sprinkled of cinnamon) with a tender scone from Stick Boy Bread Company.

Specialty latte flavors at The Mill conjure visions of decadent desserts and delicious candy bars, with names such as Milky Way, Almond Joy, Turtle and Creme Brulee. Like their namesake treats, the lattes are smooth and rich.

“These flavors offer something for everyone. It’s great if you don’t like the flavor of black coffee,” says Charissa James, one of The Mill’s owners. “Served in a deep ceramic mug, it feels cozy and special to drink.”

Lattes are made with Joe Van Gogh espresso, steamed whole milk and a variety of flavored syrups. The Turtle Latte has chocolate, caramel and hazelnut — a savor-every-sip occasion.

For a Christmas-y treat, barista Rob Douglas suggests the Peppermint Mocha. Dine-in customers enjoy Douglas’ carefully crafted latte designs, made by pouring the milk into the espresso in a precise pattern.

The Mill
146 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina
(919) 557-2123

Latte Flight

Thanks a Latte Coffee & Gift Boutique, Holly Springs

Flights offer a choice of four specialty latte flavors.

With more than a dozen specialty latte flavors, Thanks a Latte Coffee & Gift Boutique in Holly Springs created the perfect way for customers to sample multiple flavors — latte flights. Choose four drinks, including expertly brewed drip coffee from Five Star Coffee Roasters, chai tea and specialty lattes, and savor that caffeine rush.

Thanks A Latte offers baked goods like coffee cake, and cookies, from Holly Springs favorite Bestow Baked Goods. Coffee comes from Holly Springs-based roastery Five Star Coffee Roasters.

The flights are great to share with family or a friend, and an excuse to try something new.

“People love them,” says Kylie Ali, one of the baristas. “They’ve been so popular.”

Customer favorites include the Southern Belle latte, white mocha and caramel, and the Fireside latte, hazelnut, caramel and vanilla. Seasonal specialties include the Christmas Sugar Cookie latte and the Gingerbread latte. Order a Latte Flight and try them all!

Thanks a Latte Coffee & Gift Boutique
1118 Kentworth Dr, Holly Springs
(919) 246-5854

Rooibos Jungle Fire Tea

Pimiento Tea Room, Holly Springs

Tea is served in a french press with sugar cubes and milk to add to your liking.

With spicy hints of cinnamon and clove, this festive red tea at Pimiento Tea Room in Holly Springs is infused with holiday spirit. Made with rooibos tea from Africa, the Jungle Fire is caffeine-free and served in a french press to steep at your table.

Very Merry

Ask for the Jungle Fire tea with plenty of milk and sweetener, suggests PTR owner Matt Griffith. “It makes an amazing dessert drink, like a cinnamon milkshake!”

For additional holiday delights, look to PTR’s seasonal tea menu, which includes blends such as Hot Cider Honeybush, with flavor notes of apples and spice, or Apple Walnut Cream Cake, that has actual walnuts and marshmallows steeped in the pot.

“Tea is the most popular beverage in the world,” says owner Matt Griffith, “But not well represented here. We thought we’d sell a pot of tea with every four orders, but it’s turned out to be almost every order. It’s been really popular.”

Pimiento Tea Room
200 North Main St., Holly Springs
(984) 225-4213

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