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Five spice on the drinks menu at New York restaurant

The drink contains five spice

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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