I’m always on the lookout for crazy new drinks, especially healthy beverages, to indulge my café cravings. Hearing the name “unicorn latte”? Color me intrigued! While even I’m skeptical of paying $9 for a latte (reportedly the drink’s price where it originated at The End Brooklyn), when I started looking into the unicorn latte I discovered there are other unicorn beverages out there, too, like the unicorn hot chocolate.
If you want your drink pretty, tasty, and possibly healthy, too, you’ll want to check out this trend in unicorn drinks!
Unicorn latte: Not a coffee drink
So, just to be clear, The End’s newly famous unicorn latte, isn’t a coffee drink. It’s more like a green tea latte, which is green tea steeped or green tea matcha dissolved in steamed milk. And, like a green tea latte has a green tint, the unicorn latte has a distinct color: a brilliant blue. Suspicious? Don’t worry—the color comes from a blue-green algae. Before you turn up your nose, according to Popsugar reporter Michele Foley in her “Why Blue Majik Is the New Green Juice,” blue-green algae like that in the packaged Blue Majik supplement is “nutrient dense; full of vitamins (especially B12), enzymes, and minerals, it gets its bright blue hue from C-phycocyanin, a type of storage protein rich in amino acids.” How’s that for a healthy beverage?
What else do you get for your $9 at The End Brooklyn? Christine Wang’s Mashable shares the ingredients in “The unicorn latte looks too beautiful to drink,” posted January 18, 2017.
Another source suggested the recipe might also contain cayenne and maqui berry. In addition, the idea is that the special e3 live blue-green algae used “can help decalcify the pineal gland in your brain,” according to the description at The End Brooklyn, which “can lead to extreme mental clarity, and helps restore health and vibrancy to the physical body.” Essentially, The End Brooklyn suggests that healthy beverages like the unicorn latte can totally replace your caffeine craving.
Unicorn hot chocolate: Not for health nuts
On the total opposite end of the health spectrum is unicorn hot chocolate, as popularized in the Crème Sugar Café in Anaheim, CA. Even the name of the café (which totally sounds like some place I’d like to go!) indicates that this is a drink for people with a sweet tooth! Essentially, unicorn hot chocolate is a white hot chocolate colored pink, topped with pink whipped cream, sprinkles, and marshmallows. If you can’t get to Anaheim, though, you can make a homemade version of this in the microwave, using the Popsugar “It’s Your Birthday Every Day With Birthday Cake Hot Chocolate!” recipe by Anna Monette Roberts.
To make it, combine the milk, chocolate, vanilla, butter flavor, and food coloring in a mason jar and heat it in the microwave for about 1 minute. Use an oven mitt to remove the mason jar from the microwave, and put the lid on it. Shake the whole mixed beverage until it’s the right consistency, then pour it into a mug. Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, or marshmallows—or edible flowers if you want to take a note from The End Brooklyn!