Item of the Day

Starbucks Venti Iced Coffee, street name “The Nancy Botwin”

Breakfast is indisputably the most “important meal of the day,” according to ’90s commercials for artificially flavored and colored breakfast cereals.  In the spirit of breakfast, I treat myself to one very necessary beverage every single morning: a Starbucks Venti Iced Coffee, known on the streets as a “Nancy Botwin” (who has been filmed carrying a large iced coffee in almost every single scene of Showtime’s hit series WEEDS).

If I don’t drink my Nancy Botwin first thing in the morning, I feel like my day just isn’t right.  And it’s not because I’m addicted to caffeine (that’s an implicit given), which honestly has forever altered my brain chemistry to depend on its pep-building momentum.  My day just isn’t right without my Nancy Botwin because it’s delicious (2 splendas + heavy cream=LIKE A BOSS), it’s refreshing (all that ice really does cool my 98.6 degrees down to like a chillier 97.4 degrees [I’m guessing]), and it’s totally addictive (this may be psychosomatic, or this may be an actual a caffeine addiction-thing)!

On any given day, I warn people not to even come near me if I haven’t had my Nancy Botwin, because I can’t even possibly try to tolerate anyone (or anything) prior to treating my body to the creamy, icey, almost chocolatey euphoria of my morning venti iced coffee.   And unlike the Showtime Nancy Botwin, this tall drink isn’t selfish!  For all of these reasons, a Nancy Botwin is a definite Hellogiggles item of the day.

  • Lauren Anderson

    What? Shouldn’t the Nancy Botwin be an It’s A Grind drink?

  • Susie Lemus

    haha! i like to think im a weed dealer when i drink my nancy botwin, when i pay the cashier at starbucks i slide the money to em all sneaky 😉

  • Sharissa Dove

    Nancy Botwin reference + LIKE A BOSS reference in the same post = pure awesome!

  • India Morgan

    Bro, your life will change if you replace the heavy cream with almond milk. Equally rich and creamy but it TASTES LIKE ALMONDS and it’s also better for you. I literally fill a water bottle with a few ounces every morning before I go get mine because Starbucks refuses to carry any vegan dranks except for the super gross soy they use. NOT THAT YOU HAVE TO BE A VEGAN TO ENJOY THIS. Like, even my dad says this was a good idea.

  • Rebecca Lynn

    1) I love venti iced coffees (fat free milk and some sugar free caramel WIN!)
    2) I love that we’re calling it the Nancy Botwin. That episode where she’s coming back from Mexico was hilarious.

  • Edward Hansen

    Thank you guys for all of these suggestions on how to step up my Iced Coffee/Nancy Botwin Game!!! Super excited to try these out!

  • Sarah Pugsley

    Grande half sweet iced americano in a venti cup. booM!

  • Donna Dean

    Venti iced coffee all day every day! Glad it’s not just me with this addiction. I just get 2% milk in mine. Tried to go soy for a while. But it was gross, as a previous commenter mentioned.

    • Kaitlin O’Neal

      If you need an extra boost in the morning try an iced americano with white mocha.

  • Anonymous

    Love the street name. WHy didn’t i realize that. I’m calling it that now lol

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