Looking for a “Cool As” Way to Beat the Heat?

Fancy a passionfruit cheesecake milkshake, a pineapple jalapeno fizzy, an iced coffee made with seaweed or an old-fashioned banana smoothie? These are just some of the crazy and delectable drinks up for grabs when New Zealand’s only cold drink challenge kicks off in Lower Hutt this month.

The Cool As Summer Refresher Drink Challenge, into its seventh year, will see 17 hospitality operators including cafes, restaurants, bars, and a bakery in Lower Hutt create their own limited edition signature summer refresher drinks for people to enjoy over two weeks.

Customers will be the given the chance to vote for their favourite drink by QR code located in each cafe or on Cool As Challenge Summer Refresher’s Facebook, and Instagram pages, with the winning drink declared at the end of the challenge which takes place from 13 – 31 January, 2022.

Creativity and innovation are once again shown through with this year’s entries. Customers can be treated to a Pokémon ‘Charizard’ inspired fruit slushy, ‘Kiwiana Perkynana’ the classic banana and chocolate combo, ‘Coffee and Chill’ a vegan coffee jelly infused dessert/beverage hybrid and ‘Squeeze the Day, Nothing is Impopsicle’ featuring homemade satsuma, lime and ginger syrup, Kapiti hokey pokey ice cream and real ginger beer – there is something to suit all taste buds.

The Cool As Challenge is a great way for locals, visitors, friends and colleagues to connect after Christmas or to extend those family gatherings. To find out more about the challenge visit the Cool As Challenge website coolaschallenge.nz or its Facebook and Instagram page.