Espresso milkshake at Butterfly Herbs 

What you're drinking: Loyal Indy readers will note from the title that, for the second straight week, this column features a cold, non-alcoholic, coffee-based drink. A couple notes on that. One, it's summertime, so chill out. Two, a different guy wrote the last column, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let his choice prevent me from writing about the ridiculously good milkshake I just had at Butterfly Herbs.

Why you're drinking it: Maybe it's the wall of tea jars, but Butterfly Herbs is one of those shops that seems to contain an almost incomprehensible multitude of riches. Like an amber nugget, it's stuck in time, yet always stocked with fresh delights. The espresso milkshake, for me, is the most delightful.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DEREK BROUWER
  • photo by Derek Brouwer

What it tastes like: First, how it's made. The barista takes a double shot of espresso, mixes in vanilla ice cream, Guittard chocolate and ground espresso, then spins it all together. It's served in milkshake glassware and topped with whipped cream and more ground espresso. Everything about the final result is decadent. The flavor is more rich than sweet. The glass is especially tall and slender (or is the flavor clouding my vision?) and the whipped cream is dispensed with the precision of wedding cake frosting. Butterfly's coffee bar menu includes little exclamations and onomatopoeic exclamations next to each item, and the one for the espresso shake is "whoa!" A pretty apt description, if you ask me.

Where to find it: Butterfly Herbs, 232 North Higgins Ave. The shake costs $4.50. No debit or credit cards.

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