2 cold drinks to try in The Woodlands area this summer

Purple Rain

Since Blue Door Coffee opened on The Woodlands Waterway last fall, the community-driven coffee shop has seen its coffees, teas and baked goods catch on with visitors to Waterway Square, its management said.

With summer underway, Blue Door modified one of its signature drinks, the iced Purple Rain, by adding Blue Door’s homemade lavender limeade mix to its blue-hued butterfly tea, resulting in the iced purple concoction.

“The lavender and the lime are sweeter,” Blue Door Head of Coffee Tamara Albishah said. “The butterfly tea is always an unsweetened herbal tea, and so that gives it a little bit of a sweetness to it. And then, the tea is blue, so the limeade turns it purple.”

Blue Door co-owner Chad Gauntt said the base tea is hand-planted, cultivated and harvested at a fair trade farm in Thailand operated exclusively by women and is provided to The Woodlands coffee shop by Teema Teas.

The $3.25, 16-ounce Purple Rain is available through the summer with a possible return set for next spring.

Blue Door Coffee
21 Waterway Ave., Ste. 110, The Woodlands
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Spring Shaker

Momentum Coffee, located on Rayford Road, is no stranger to offering coffees and drinks to fit the season.

Each season, the staff contributes ideas and comes up with new flavors and coffees, co-owner Allen Leibowitz said. This year, the shop introduced patrons to the cold Spring Shaker.

The coffee preparation starts with a blend of rosemary, honey, sugar and hot water prepared in-house. From there, it is put into a shaker with ice and two shots of espresso and shaken like a martini. Half-and-half is slowly poured over the drink to get a blending of flavors.

Leibowitz said having seasonal offerings keeps things fresh for both the customers and staff.

“We all like new things,” Leibowitz said.  “Our specialities are done with in-house ingredients.”

For those wishing to try a different kind of cold drink, Leibowitz also suggests the Vietnamese iced coffee, which changes flavors and intensity as the ice melts in it.

Momentum Coffee
3555 Rayford Road, Ste. 10, Spring
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



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