Serendipity 3 Brings Boozy Frrrozen Hot Chocolate to South Beach
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|There's booze in the blender....|
A few years ago, I went to New York with a friend who had never been, acting as tour guide. The first place she wanted to go was Serendipity 3. "Ohhhh, I loved the movie. I have to have a frrrozen hot chocolate (their trademarked spelling, not a typo)", she shrieked.
Yes, that damned movie, Serendipity starring John Cusack and Kate Beckensale had revived interest in Serendipity 3 for young adult women who longed for romance and ice cream. We went and perused the menu, meant for monied pre-teens. Giant hot dogs, burgers, and that ubiquitous frrrozen hot chocolate (now in multiple flavors and sizes. Also available in a handy take-home kit). I never got the whole frrrozen hot chocolate thing -- is it hot chocolate or something frozen? It reminded me of the famous George Carlin musing on "jumbo shrimp".
"I'll have a Pinot Grigio," I said to the server, forgetting where I was. "We don't serve wine, or any alcohol", he reminded me, then suggested a frrrozen hot chocolate. Grrrr.
In a foul mood, I picked at my food as my friend Donna ate her hot dog, getting it out of the way before she could justify the real reason for coming to this place -- the frrrozen hot chocolate for two. She loved it. I was less than delighted.
Like many New York restaurants, Serendipity 3 has opened an outpost in South Beach, which makes sense because Katie Holmes and daughter Suri spend a lot of time in Miami and need a place to go. I went there for lunch yesterday, since I was in the area.
First thing I noticed was the bar. Stocked with alcohol. I was handed a drink list along with my very Alice-In-Wonderland-ish menu of whimsically named food items like the Don't Drop You Skirt Steak Frites ($19).
Also on the menu is the famous Opulence Sundae ($1,000), topped with an edible gold leaf, as well as a more-affordable Serendipity South Beach Treasure Chest ($88), a sundae for four. On the regular menu was the usual list of frrrozen hot chocolates ($10 for one person/$15 for two), but my eyes strayed to something so wonderful, so enticing, I almost cried with joy.
The drink menu listed three different frrrozen hot chocolates....with booze! Angel, the bartender recommended the Black Nijinski ($14), made with vodka and Kahlua. I tore through my SoBe burger ($15) in order to get to the grand finale.
I watched as Angel placed the old-fashioned malted glass in front of me. Along with the whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings, I spotted a marbled chocolate cup. Angel produced a bottle of Castries rum creme from St. Lucia and poured a generous shot into the edible container. I was smitten.
The frrrozen hot chocolate itself tasted like a chocolate granita more than a hot chocolate. Not too sweet, cold, and refreshing, I took a second sip. Then a third. Then poured the rum creme into the rest and slurped it down. So much for self control.
The moral to the story? Frrrozen hot chocolate may be great for girls, but it takes booze in the blender to capture the heart of a woman.
|A bar! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!|
|SoBe Burger: good burger ... now let's get to the booze.|