Frozen assets: Nine freezy treats to beat summer heat

Frozen assets: Nine freezy treats to beat summer heat
Photo by Robert Bartlett

Honeydew shaved snow
Bubbles & Ice, 811 N. Mills Ave., 407-895-8833
Shaved snow is made from flavored, milky (though non-dairy) ice: frozen into giant blocks, heaved onto a rotating spit and shaved into gossamer-thin layers. The flavor and topping possibilities are almost endless, but honeydew snow topped with multicolored sprinkles and fruity popping pearls is especially refreshing.

Tiger's Blood sno-cone
Rainbow Sno-Cones, 3724 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, 407-896-9105
It's in a new location, but Rainbow Sno-Cones is still classic Orlando. Follow in the footsteps of Rainbow's generations of devoted customers with a Tiger's Blood – a sweet-tart blend of strawberry, watermelon and coconut syrups poured over perfectly crystalline shaved ice.

Pistachio gelato
Rome's Flavours, 124 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407-951-8039
The owners, an Italian couple who ran a gelateria in Rome before relocating to Winter Park, make their own gelatos in house daily. The pistachio flavor is just right for summer appetites – dense, pale creamy green, intensely nutty and not too sweet.

Coco-Cocoa pop
The Pop Parlour, 431 E. Central Blvd., 321-348-7677
The temple of popsicles has a plethora of flavors from which to choose, different every day based on what's in season. It's almost too hard to choose just one, but our current obsession (beating out summery vanilla-sweet corn), is the coco-cocoa: coconut milk and deep dark chocolate combined in an all-growed-up pop that's miles more sophisticated than the Fudgsicle of your childhood.

Chocolate lava milkshake
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 933 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-699-9463; 8030 Via Dellagio Way, 407-352-5706
A steakhouse may not seem an ideal summer hangout, but you might make an exception for Fleming's boozy milkshake, spun from vanilla ice cream, chocolate lava cake and Bulleit rye whiskey. Find it on their bar menu and make happy hour even happier.

Frozen Mojo Jojo
Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave., 407-893-4994
The ever-popular Mojo Jojo, a concoction of dark-roast coffee, condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of cayenne, can be whirled with ice in the blender – get some brain-freeze with your caffeine fix.

Sesame milk slush
Quickly Boba & Snow, 3214 E. Colonial Drive, 407-270-4570
You've probably had Asian milk tea with boba before, but those familiar flavors – taro, green tea, cantaloupe – are even chillier when blended up into a slush. Quickly has dozens, but we're partial to the nutty- vanilla sesame, particularly when revved up with the addition of coffee jelly cubes (level up from your boring boba.) Boy Kong's fantastic mural is also cooler than cool.

Ice kacang
Mamak Asian Street Food, 1231 E. Colonial Drive, 407-270-4688
Get exotic with a bowl of Malaysian ice kacang – a mound of shaved ice and sweet condensed milk topped with sticky-sweet-starchy red beans, creamy corn, cubes of translucent grass jelly and juicy palm nuts, drizzled with simple syrup and sprinkled with roasted peanuts.

Avocado drink
Loving Hut, 2101 E. Colonial Drive, 407-894-5673
Don't be put off by the bare-bones name. This is a lush, creamy blend of soy milk, fresh avocado and unrefined sugar, whipped up in the Vitamix into a thirst-quenching pale-green slurp that actually tastes like avocado, not generic vanilla smoothie.

About The Author

Jessica Bryce Young

Jessica Bryce Young has been working with Orlando Weekly since 2003, serving as copy editor, dining editor and arts editor before becoming editor in chief in 2016.
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