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Hands down, Ritual Café is one of my favorite places to go. It doesn’t matter what season it is because the chillax atmosphere, red walls sprinkled with local artists’ works, and friendly baristas make this place feel like home. Their selections of specialty drinks and vegetarian-friendly menu will make anyone happy. Here are four cool-me-down drinks to try before summer ends.

Emerald Goddess + avocado ($5.50)

A blend of pineapple and orange juice, bananas, femme emerald energy and an avocado. Yes, an avocado. It hides behind the other sweet and tangy flavors and makes this smoothie nice and thick. With its zippy taste, this drink will boost your mood. Don’t want the avocado? Get the classic Emerald Goddess. It won’t be as thick, but the taste will still be on point.

Iced Toddy ($3.50)

Now I don’t always get an ice toddy, but when I do, I get it at Ritual. Their Ice Toddys have a strong coffee flavor without being overly bitter. The best part is that it’s not watered down. Some Ice Toddys that I’ve had before always taste a bit more watery than coffee-y. If you want an iced coffee with an edge, you’ll want to order this.

The White Rose ($2.25)

Picture this: you’re in a field of roses and you take a deep breath in. Oh, the scent of roses. If you’ve ever wondered what that’d taste like, get this iced tea. One sip is like having a rose garden bloom in your mouth. This drink comes unsweetened, so be sure to add some sugar for an extra layer of sweetness.

Coconut Cherry Almond Italian soda ($2.50)

You know what this tasted like? Childhood, son. Every bit was sweet, refreshing, and a nice walk down memory lane when the living was easy. Not a fan of coconuts? Or cherries? That’s OK. Ritual will hook you up with their vast variety of flavors. Get a strawberry kiwi Italian soda. Or peach. Basically, “you can have whatever you like…yeah.”

Ritual Café

Find it: 1301 Locust St. Ste. D

Hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday - Saturday

Info: ritualcafedsmiowa.net

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