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Lawson convenience stores now offer iced tomato latte

Lawson tomato latte

We're no stranger to Tokyo's diverse assortment of creative (and sometimes unusual) milky beverages, be it a regular espresso-based latte, tea with foamy cheese topping or a hojicha latte. But a tomato latte? We did a double take when we spotted this at a Lawson konbini near our office, and frankly, it does sound like an acquired taste. So if you're a big fan of tomatoes, you can now get this unusual, limited-time tomato-milk concoction at selected Lawson convenience stores in town. The drink is only available iced – we think a hot tomato latte would just basically be tomato soup – this drink is made of milk, tomato juice and a bit of carrot for added sweetness.

While we admit the drink is quite refreshing, it also comes off as a cross between a tomato gazpacho and a bloody mary, with milk instead of vodka. We're not sure we'd trade our daily cuppa for this vitamin C-rich beverage, but at only ¥210 (including tax), it doesn't hurt to give it a try at least once for novelty sake.

Prefer something more conventional? Ransack the konbini freezer for the best cheap and cheerful ice cream, or pick up these mint chocolate treats that are trending right now.