Cool Drinks, NY: Fresh Nut Milks at Doughnut Plant
Doughnut Plant is first and foremost about the doughnuts. No argument there. But they also have an in-house line of liquid concoctions to created to accompany those fine cake and yeast creations. Their hot chai is one of my favorite liquid desserts in the city, already sweetened and with a good dose of cream and milk. They also offer agua fresca in rotating flavors like watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe.
But of all their drinks, the ones I'm most enamored with are the nut milks.
They're $6.95 a bottle, and could easily double as a light meal given how filling they are. Both raw and vegan, the pistachio milk couples raw pistachios with a bit of organic cane sugar, spring water and...what is that extra punch of spice? Another sip. Ahh, cardamom!
The pistachios are soaked in the water, blended, and then strained. A raw cashew milk follows the same form, replacing cardamom with cinnamon, adding dates and a sprinkle of sea salt. The flavor blends are complex but familiar, with dates providing a rounded sweetness and the sea salt that savory lift. They're not quite milkshake thick, but rich enough to have body and an almost meaty texture. Given how pricey and labor intensive is it to make nut milks at home, the ones from Doughnut Plant are a solid deal.
379 Grand Street, New York, NY (map); 212-505-3700
220 West 23rd Street, New York, NY (map); 212-675-9100
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.