Icy treats for grown-ups arrive just in time for swelter weather
From Rocket Pops to snow cones, there’s no shortage of cool summer sweets for kids, but what about the kids at heart? From boozy Otter Pops to latte popsicles to sangria slushies on tap, a trio of icy treats for the over-21 crowd makes sure that grown-ups don't get the short end of the fudgesicle stick.
South’s new “boozesicles,” in citrusy flavors like tequila margarita and vodka-based hibiscus lemon, ooze chill—literally—from their see-through push-up pouches. The alcoholic slush sticks nod to the Otter Pops of childhood summers past and are crafted with house-made syrups. The pops, which made their icy debut over the Fourth of July weekend, will pop up on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, and periodically throughout the summer (check South's Instagram page for future dates). $20 for a six-pack. 2005 11th St. 916-382-9722. weheartfriedchicken.com
Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse
Downtown’s Urban Roots has added a rotating lineup of summer slushies to its beer-and-barbecue menu. The frosty refreshment on tap includes a watermelon-cucumber cider that recalls poolside high jinks, as well as a Kalimotxo cocktail, a play on a Spanish-style sangria that mixes red wine and Coke for a slow and steady buzz. $9. 1322 V St. 916-706-3741. urbanrootsbrewing.com
For a non-boozy option with a kick, the new caffeine-packed coffee popsicles—in flavors like vanilla-rose latte and raspberry-vanilla oat milk mocha, already a crowd favorite—at downtown’s Goodside Coffee offer some cold comfort along with your daily jolt. For a gentler boost, try the chai latte version made with tea from North Fork Chai Co. in Newcastle (which makes the all of Goodside's pops), or fruity, decaf flavors like lavender blueberry lemonade. $3.25-$3.75. 1430 H St. Goodside Coffee's Instagram page.
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