Black Julep at Black Tap Coffee

The Black Julep is a refreshing coffee cocktail with a blast of caffeine. Staff/Stephanie Barna

Iced coffee is a staple of Charleston summers. Too hot for a steaming cup of Joe, the summer swelter calls for a lighter, cooler caffeinated option.

Black Tap Coffee is not just a coffee shop but a roaster, too. They've got cold brew coffee on tap, but they also have a bracing coffee cocktail called a Black Julep that promises to get you through a hot summer afternoon. Take a shot of espresso, squeeze in some honey and then muddle it up with fresh mint in a shaker full of ice. Pour into a tall glass full of crushed ice and you have a perfect pick-me-up for a hot afternoon.

Black Julep is $3.80 at Black Tap Coffee, 70 Beaufain St. in downtown Charleston. 

— Stephanie Barna

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