5 Frozen Ways to Cool Down Now That It’s Hot Out

All three flavors and gins being featured at OddFellows Ice Cream this weekend. Photo by Megan Kiantos.

The forecast finally suggests a solidly hot weekend, with the temperature climbing up to 94 degrees on Sunday. What are you going to do to stay cool while you’re out and about, enjoying the sunshine? Depending on where you are, there are a few excellent options, from boozy ice cream and pops to a blueberry bonanza. Here, a few of the most tantalizing options.

Gin Ice Cream Flights
We always know to go to these guys on a hot day, but this weekend, they’re serving up something special. In honor of World Gin Day on Saturday, June 10, they’ll be offering three new flavors, each made with a different gin from around the world. The New York Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker American Gin is in “Gin & Berries” ice cream, made with juniper and huckleberries; from Australia’s Four Pillars, there’s a “Gin & Juice” popsicle with fresh tangerine juice; and Portobello Road’s London Dry Gin is in the “Gin & Grapefruit” fold-in sorbet with rosemary ice cream. The flavors were all chosen to highlight each gin’s specific notes.

You’ll be able to turn into a blueberry.

Josh Pond Ice Cream Week
Go full Violet Beauregarde from June 12 to June 18. Josh Pond grows organic wild Maine blueberries and has partnered up with some of the city’s best-known spots for various special blueberry flavors. Morgenstern’sChinatown Ice Cream FactoryDavey’s Ice CreamIl Laboratorio del GelatoMelt BakeryMikey Likes It and 10 Below are all participating.


Lezzetli Mediterraean Ice Cream
This maker of Turkey, Greece and the Levant–inspired flavors now pops up at Smorgasburg—Saturdays in Williamsburg, Sunday in Prospect Park—and offers pints of “super thick and a little bit chewy” flavors such as Chocolate Orange Blossom, Mastiha and Spiced Date.


These boozy-pop-makers will be at 145 Wythe Avenue at North 7th Street on Saturday 6/10 from noon to 5 p.m., giving away their tasty squeezable treats while supplies last.


Island Pops
Island Pops makes ice cream, ice pops and snow cones in a wide array of flavors (not just island ones!). If you’re not in the mood to leave your air-conditioned apartment, they’ll bring the sorrel pops to you (with a minimum order).