A few years ago I travelled to Vienna and while there was introduced to what I consider the perfect summer drink – Viennese ice coffee. Imagine an after breakfast, before lunch, stroll through the streets of Vienna – past the famed Lipizzaner Stables and the Schonbrunn Palace and then onto one of the great plazas.
At that point it was time for a cup of coffee, a newspaper from home, and perhaps a nibble. We ducked down a side street and into a charming cafe with outdoor seating and promptly made ourselves at home.
We quickly found copies of the New York Times left by previous traveller’s and on a whim I ordered ice coffee. The waitress questioned me twice about my order and then left.
What I got on her return exceeded any expectations I may have had. In Vienna, “ice coffee” is actually expresso, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream served in a tall glass.
Needless to say I was delighted and “ice coffee” became our password for unexpected deliciousness!
Now to find someone in Alexandria who can replicate this marvel . . . .