Popsicles, ice cream, snow cones and the occasional white freezie: the tastiest ways to cool off are timeless. Like almost everything, the nostalgic treats of bygone summers are even better with booze.
Looks like it’s our lucky July: Toronto bars are all about fun and frosty drinks, serving up saucy treats to cool you down.
Stop by the recently ravamped Wrongbar for the Toucan Sam Shake at Miss Thing’s (1279 Queen West, 416-516-8677, missthings.com), a mix of Havana Club three-year-old rum, vanilla ice cream and Froot Loop milk ($13). Good thing the spot isn’t open for breakfast, because rum shakes could easily become a morning ritual.
Try the kombucha popsicles at Burdock (1184 Bloor West, 416-546-4033, burdockto.com), layers of frosty flavours that are actually good for you – like mango and sorrel. Make a good thing even better by dunking your fermento-pop in a shot of Tequila Tromba ($7). Hey, it’s 100 per cent blue agave so you’re practically doing your liver a favour.
The Harbord Room (89 Harbord, 416-962-8989, theharbordroom.com) serves sweat-busting (and perfectly balanced) daiquiri snow cones ($10). There’s a certain charm to a drink-it-quick, it’s-melting cheap paper cone of boozy slush propped inside an elegant snifter. And the fun doesn’t stop there they have cocktailpops, too! A Cynar Paloma pop dipped in cava ($10), you say? I can now die happy.
Speaking of spiked slush, head to Momofuku Noodle Bar (190 University, 647-253-6225, momofuku.com/toronto/noodle-bar-to) for a Citrus Raspberry Slushi (sake, lavender, chamomile and bitters, ($6 or $13) or head upstairs to Nikai for a slushy Negroni ($14). Hot ramen and subzero sake: I’m not sure if it’s big in Japan, but it’s sure as hell a thing in Toronto.
They’re served all year, but it’s finally prime season for what’s churning at Rhum Corner (926 Dundas West, 647-346-9356, rhumcorner.com), where a hard-working slushy machine dispenses frozen mojitos and pina coladas all night long.