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Skip the booze with this refreshing, smoked tea concoction.

Stories Jenny Willden

A library of more than 800 games await at Thirsty Dice, Philadelphia’s original board game café. Located in the Fairmount neighborhood, the café welcomes all ages (guests 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult) to play its collection for just $5 per person. But its games aren’t the only draw; the café has an all-day food menu featuring inventive options like grown-up Lunchables, donut PB&Js, weekend brunch waffles, and desserts galore.

While it offers the usual drink suspects—craft beers, draft wine, boozy milkshakes, and cocktails—it’s the spirit-free sippers that stand out. Whether you’re reducing your alcohol intake or you don’t imbibe at all, you’ll love this smoky, not-so-sweet mocktail named for a popular Japanese card game. Mix one up for at-home game nights or try it at Thirsty Dice.


Serves 1


6 to 8 ounces of coconut Assam and mint green teas (or substitute Lapsang souchong tea)
¼ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce ginger syrup
Fresh lemon

  • Brew iced tea with a 3:2 ratio of coconut Assam and mint green teas.
  • Using a smoking gun, smoke iced tea for about six minutes. (If you don’t own a smoking gun, substitute Lapsang souchong tea, which has a naturally smoky flavor.)
  • Add all ingredients to an ice-filled, highball glass.
  • Stir and garnish with a lemon wedge.

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