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Coffee Cabinets (Rhode Island-Style Coffee Milkshakes)

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Rhode Islanders take their coffee/dairy beverages seriously; coffee milk was named the state drink in 1993, so it's no surprise that the Ocean State would be home to a mean coffee milkshake, known locally as a coffee cabinet.

If you prefer you can use your favorite brand of coffee syrup, but making your own at home is easy and allows you to customize the flavor to your favorite coffee roast or blend.

Note: Because this homemade syrup is made with just sugar rather than corn syrup, it won't be as viscous as the store-bought variety. Be careful not to over reduce the mixture or you'll end up with a syrup that's too thick to blend.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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