The airports may be a disaster right now, but Richmond area businesses have plenty of flights to keep you happy on the ground this summer. While beer flights have long been commonplace in craft breweries, allowing guests to try a selection of brews before, or instead of, committing to a full-size portion, more and more local Richmond area restaurants and cafes are getting in on the game, offering guests the option of trying a selection of items – way beyond beer. Check out five restaurants sweetening up flights without hops or barley.
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If there’s one place decision paralysis truly rears its ugly head it’s while standing in front of an ice cream freezing staring down at the multi-colored tubs of goodness. Local ice cream business, Ruby Scoops has found a solution in their ice cream flights. Ruby Scoops’ flights are served in six-packs, each scoop in a different compartment so that you can truly taste each one.
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If you believe coffee is more of an experience, rather than the only way to pull yourself out of bed in the morning, Coco+Hazel’s new cold brew flights may be for you. Available at the Bon Air location Tuesdays through Thursdays, each flight includes Mexican-Mocha, Horchatte, Honey Lavender Latte, and Caramel Macchiato.
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If you’re a bit more adventurous and want to try different coffee flights each month, you won’t want to miss Guncotton Coffee’s flights which change each month. Recent flavors have included Chocolate Rose Parfait with decadent chocolate cold brew pudding layered with house-made, rose-infused whip cream, and topped with edible rosebuds; Honey Lavender, a lightly sweetened lavender cold brew with cinnamon spice, topped with a honey drizzle and lavender buds; Vanilla Peony, a classic flavor with a floral twist, vanilla cold brew topped with locally grown peony petals, and Butterfly Pea, a plain cold brew topped with butterfly pea flower cold foam and dried butterfly pea flowers.
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If you’ve ever tried one of Mabel’s signature craft milkshakes, you know they are akin to tiny works of art: a sweet sculpture piled atop a milkshake. If you have trouble deciding on just one over-the-top creative masterpiece, their shake flight is the perfect solution. It features four “mini” shakes, and guests can choose from Cookie Licious, Cloud Nine, Super Sour, S’More Craziness, Candy Bar Overload, Total Blackout, Sweet ‘N Salty, or the Cheesecake shakes.
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For a refreshing twist on the Puerto Rican holiday beverage made with coconut milk, try a to-go flight from Loquito Coquito, which was featured in Richmond Magazine and can now be found popping up around town. Available in a variety of flavors, the miniature bottles are the perfect size for sampling before committing to a larger bottle.