Ice Cream Cocktails

Try these five spiked frozen treats during the dog days of summer.



Inventive mixologists across the country are offering ways to have your dessert and drink it too. They’re mixing up spiked versions of your favorite frozen summertime treats perfect for the hottest days of summer. Here are five to cool off with now.

1. Wine Pops

People’s Pops and New Zealand’s Kim Crawford Wines have teamed up to make this fruity, frozen summer treat. Kim Crawford Pops come in three flavors: Blackberry and Kim Crawford’s 2010 Marlborough Pinot Noir; Strawberry Lemongrass and Kim Crawford’s 2011 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; and Yellow Peach, Vanilla and Kim Crawford’s 2011 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. While they’re not for sale at People’s Pops, they are available exclusively at the Chelsea Market in New York City.

2. Spiked Milkshake

Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley and concert venue in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, offers up their Bourbon St. Shake, a milkshake of vanilla ice cream and Nutella with a shot of Jim Beam for $13.50.

3. Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch

New Orleans’s Bourbon House offers an icy take on the classic milk punch by mixing vanilla ice cream with milk, Old Forrester’s Bourbon and simple syrup. Voted “Best Bourbon Milk Punch” at Tales of the Toddy competition at Tales of the Cocktail in 2010, it’s only $7.

4. Tiki Cones

At Los Angeles’s Son of a Gun restaurant, Daniel Warrilow, general manager and sommelier, developed the Lost Cause Tiki Cone cocktail—a mix of aquavit, rum, coconut syrup, lemon and lime over shaved ice for $8. Make his Sidewinder Fang Tiki Cone at home (recipe below).

5. Bitter Ice Cream Floats

Sadie restaurant in Los Angeles offers three alcoholic ice cream floats: Peychauds Ice Cream and San Bitter Float; Fernet and Mint Chip Ice Cream and Mexican Coke Float; and Chartreuse Ice Cream and Bubble-Up Float, at $8 each.

Sidewander Fang Tiki Cone

Recipe courtesy Daniel Warrilow, general manager and sommelier of Son of a Gun, Los Angeles

1 ounce Angostura 5 Year Old Rum
1 ounce Smith & Cross Rum
¾ ounce passion fruit juice
¾ ounce lime juice
¾ ounce orange juice
4 ounces shaved ice
1 mint sprig, for garnish

Combine the rums and fruit juices in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain the mixture into a snow cone cup filled with shaved ice, and garnish with a mint sprig.

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