In the summertime, the combination of liquor and dessert seems to go over well with a crowd. So it’s no surprise that NYC chefs and bartenders would put the two together to create the ultimate indulgence. You can have your dessert and get more than just a sugar buzz with these booze-soaked desserts.
Dream Pops, Ava Lounge
210 W 55th St.
New York, NY 10019
Popsicles just got exciting. These Dream Pops will bring back memories of the ice cream truck you loved as a kid — except these are the alcoholic version. The unique twist on the summer treat is found at Ava Lounge, the rooftop at Dream New York hotel in Midtown. These frozen, boozy fruit pops are deliciously refreshing for the sizzling summer months — and they even come a view.
Chillaxin Milkshake, SLIDE
174 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
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This recently opened West Village restaurant is known for their creative sliders and alcohol-fueled milkshakes. There are more than a few options for dessert drinks, but our pick is the Chillaxin shake. It’s made with banana ice cream, Malibu rum, fresh bananas, blueberries and lime. Why go for the banana split when you could have so much more fun?
Frozen Corona, Reunion Surf Bar
44th St. & 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
Remember those slushies you enjoyed as a kid? This is the amazingly grown-up version. Fittingly found at Reunion, New York’s bar for misplaced beach bums, is a drink inspired by the sand and sun. Here, the quintessential summertime brew, Corona, is mixed with fresh lime juice and triple sec. The idea behind the drink is a stroke of cocktail genius: The first sip of a corona is always the best — and more refreshing with that lime-y taste — and with this drink, every sip is like the first one.
22-36 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11105
While the frozen margaritas at Mojave have been stirring up a buzz in the cocktail crowd, the restaurant’s Sangrita is its most popular at the bar so far this summer. The frozen concoction is — you guessed it — a delectable blend of the well-loved margarita with sangria. You may only be in Queens, but the feeling of a tropical vacation is not far behind after a few sips of this wicked blend.
Bourbon Street Milkshake, Brooklyn Bowl
This blended combination of bourbon, ice cream, milk and Nutella ($13.50) is as indulgent as the New Orleans street it’s named for. Served in a chilled sundae glass, this drink will appeal to the kid in you, much like the bowling alley itself. Pair the praline confection with the ultimate comfort food, Blue Ribbon fried chicken, and you may forget about bowling all together.
Tequila Sorbet, Rayuela
165 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
The name of the restaurant – Rayuela – may be Spanish for “hopscotch,” but trust us — this dessert is not for the kiddies. The sophisticated sorbet is spiked with tequila. Lime juice, sugar and the boozy kick make for the ultimate summertime treat for grown ups.
Aztec Mocha Milkshake, BLT Burger
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As part of its gourmet junk food theme, Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Burger has a selection of spiked milkshakes, and a few offer an extra kick of caffeine. Try the Aztec Mocha (Milagro Tequila, coffee ice cream, cayenne pepper and chocolate syrup, garnished with whipped cream and espresso grounds) or the Wake Up Call (Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, Bailey’s and coffee ice cream).
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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.