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Cool down this summer with refreshing drink challenge

It is going to be another hot summer in 2019, and here’s a delicious way you can stay cool in Lower Hutt.

Locals, Wellingtonians and visitors to the region will be able to cool off in the summer heat when New Zealand’s only cold drink challenge kicks off this month on Monday 14 January through 3 February.

The “Cool As” Summer Refresher Drink Challenge, into its fourth year, will see 15 hospitality operators including cafes, restaurants, bars and a bakery create their own signature summer refresher drinks for people to enjoy over three weeks. Customers will be the given the chance to vote for their favourite drink by ballot or on “Cool As” Summer Refresher’s Facebook page, with the winning drink declared at the end of the challenge.

The challenge, founded by Hutt City Council, is the summer version of the popular winter hot chocolate challenge, ‘Sweet As’. These challenges inspire local hospitality businesses to be creative and attract people to the Lower Hutt CBD, and have grown in popularity since they were launched in 2016.

Map of Cool As drink locations

  1. Fellow Freak Shake – Fellow Café on The Green
    Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM, Saturday 9AM – 4PM

    A malted walnut caramel shake topped with an ice cream sandwich, choc mousse and toasted marshmallow fluff
    A malted walnut caramel shake topped with an ice cream sandwich, choc mousse and toasted marshmallow fluff (vegan)
  2. Hokey Pokey Summer Fix – Fix Federation
    Monday-Saturday 7AM-5PM

    A traditional vanilla thick shake sits inside a caramel-swirled, environment-conscious cup. It’s topped with a generous scoop of Hokey Pokey ice cream and crushed Hokey Pokey pieces.
    A Kiwi classic! This traditional vanilla thick shake sits inside a caramel-swirled, environment-conscious cup.
    It’s topped with a generous scoop of Hokey Pokey ice cream and crushed Hokey Pokey pieces.
  3. All American Berry – Roadhouse Bar & Grill
    Monday- Saturday from 10AM til late, Sunday 12PM-9PM

    This delicious blend of frozen strawberries and citrus will have you more refreshed than your web browser on Election Day.
    A delicious R18 version containing strawberry liquor and white rum makes for the perfect sunny day out.
  4. The Buzz Soda Bar – Buzz
    Monday Closed, Tuesday & Sunday 8.30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Saturday 8.30am to approx. 9pm

    Italian sodas, floats, ice cream sodas, and more…
  5. Capricious Capricorn – The Crooked Elm
    Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-11PM

    When mixed the drink changes to an indigo colour, the colour of the Capricorn star sign. R18 available
  6. Old Fashioned Lemonade – Bellbird Eatery
    Mon-Thurs 8AM-4PM, Friday til 8PM, Sat & Sun 9AM-4PM.

    Simple. Refreshing. Old fashioned lemonade.
  7. Citrus Breeze – Hot Gossip Café
    Monday-Friday 7AM-4PM, Saturday 8AM-3PM

    A Yuzu based crushed ice lemonade drink with extra citrus flavour, like grapefruit, lemon and lime topped with raspberry powder. It’s got special taste of sour, sweet, sparkling, fresh which is great for summer and especially for citrus lover.
  8. Tinc in the Pink – Fellow Café on the Drive
    Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4pm

    Watermelon ice, ginless gin, mint and tonic.
  9. Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake – Chai Coffee
    Monday – Friday 7am – 3.30pm

    A milkshake with the chocolatey goodness of a Snickers Bar. For gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and low-carb diets we have an alternative called the KETO Protein Snickers Shake.
  10. Berry Delightful Summer Shake – Colab Café
    Monday – Saturday 7AM-3:30PM

    A strawberry and cream shake topped with a chocolate covered strawberry and homemade mini brioche doughnuts.
  11. Passionpunchy – Gotham Cafe Lower Hutt
    Monday 7:30AM–3:30PM, Tues-Fri 7:30AM–4PM, Saturday 9AM–4PM, Sunday 9AM–3:30PM

    Passionfruit punch that has an extra fizz for those hot summer days, loaded with ice and garnished with mint.
    R18 version includes 10ML of rum.
  12. Wish I Was There – Shine Café
    Monday-Friday 7AM-3PM, Saturday 8AM-3PM

    A vegan summer drink that is fun, full of goodness and oh-so delicious. Our drink is a tropical paradise in a glass. Vegan blue jelly sea – with (tasty) sea creatures – layered with a tropical blend of frozen fruits, coconut milk and topped with a biscuit sand.
  13. La Vie en Rose – Beforetime Express
    Monday-Saturday 8AM-8PM, Sunday 9AM-8PM

    On an ocean of seasalt, a bed of aromatic rose. A fresh breeze of appetizing lime and a hint of mint carries you smoothly, on a sail-ship of white balsamic. Cushioned by the sweet, mellowness of milk.
  14. Summer Breeze T-licious – Cuffs Café
    Monday-Friday 7AM-3PM

    A bubbly refreshing berry iced tea, bursting with berries and a dash of lime and mint.
  15. Giuseppe’s Italian Summer – Giuseppe’s
    Monday-Sunday 8AM-9PM

    Pomejito is a mocktail comprising of pomoegranate juice, lime juice and soda water with fresh mint. Refreshing and crisp, perfect for the long hot days of summer. R18 option contains Malfy gin.

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