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Five spice on the drinks menu at New York restaurant

Five spice on the drinks menu at New York restaurant

One New York restaurant is using herbs and spices to put a new twist on a classic winter drink.

According to the New York Post, Kittichai on Thompson Street is serving a Thai Hot Chocolate, which contains five-spice powder and Thai-bird chilli.

The alcoholic beverage - it contains one ounce of Mekong Whiskey - also features more traditional ingredients such as whipped cream and Valrhona chocolate, but it is the spices and chillis that make the $12 (£7.50) drink unique.

"[Five-spice] gives a bit of complexity to the chocolate; a little bit of texture almost and breaks up the sweetness," general manager of the restaurant Robert D'Arcangelo was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

It was recently described as a "wonder ingredient" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who said in the Guardian that five-spice helps create the perfect marinade for use in a Chinese beef stir fry that is quick and easy to prepare.

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