B oulder is a college town, which means we do a bit of boozing. However, if you're not of legal drinking age quite yet, if you don't have a taste for alcohol or you are not the largest fan of bruising your liver, Boulder has some great virgin beverages for you to try.
Suck back one of these five drinks and get a brain freeze or scalding tongue instead of a buzz.
Where: Rush North Boulder, 4593 Broadway, Boulder, 303-442-7874
Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Where: Rush on the Hill, 1207 13th St., Boulder, 303-546-9666
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Smoothies are the perfect treat for a warm day. However, oftentimes the blended drink leaves a coat of sugar behind.
Rush creates all-natural smoothies without adding sugar or sherbet. It's just pure blended fruit topped off with items such as granola, hemp and flaxseed, honey or fruit toppings. A vitamin rush is so much better than a sugar rush -- at least when it tastes this good.
Where: Tandoori Grill, 619 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-543-7339
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Sunday
Lucky for us, the Indian and Pakistani tradition of a yogurt shake crossed into western culture.
A traditional lassi mixes yogurt with water or milk and Indian spices. A sweet lassi is blended with sugar and fruits. Try Tandoori Grill's mango lassi, which is made with fresh mango puree.
Where: Boulder Dushanbe Tea House, 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303-442-4993
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
In 1987, Dushanbe presented its sister city, Boulder, with a special gift: a teahouse.
The hand-built Boulder institution offers teas from all around the world, including black teas, flavored teas and limited edition rare teas -- plus sparkling iced teas.
Be sure to R.S.V.P. for some Afternoon Tea -- a pot of tea and a three-tiered tower of finger snacks.
Where: Two Spoons, 1021 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-545-0027
Hours: 11a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday; noon-midnight Friday-Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday
Powdered hot chocolate is so 15 years ago. Those hardened marshmallows are kind of creepy, like astronaut food.
Get a hot chocolate with the real goods. Two Spoons' real hot chocolate is made with Valrhona, a luxury French chocolate and Schokinag, a robust dark European drinking chocolate, and topped with organic sugar and all-natural milk from local farm Morning Fresh Dairy.
Where: Bácaro Venetian Taverna, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-4888
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m.--10 p.m. Sunday
Sometimes something so simple can be so damn delish.
Like an Italian soda, which is carbonated water with flavored simple syrup. Flavors can be sweet and fruity like lemon or blackberry syrup at Pearl Street's authentic Italian bistro, Bácaro, or the flavors modeled after desserts or spices -- like tiramisu or amaretto.
Try Bácaro's vanilla Italian soda.