There are a million reasons why we all love frozen treats. Here are just a few…
They can be boozy…
Tallboy Taco is offering a seasonal selection of Boozy Paletas, from a refreshing Strawberry Daiquiri made with fresh strawberries, orange, Brugel Añejo rum and Cointreau to a creamy Piña Colada made with coconut rum, Coco Lopez and fresh pineapple juice.
These Boozy Paletas are an awesome alternative to summer cocktails. But how do they differ? They are much lower in alcohol content. TIP: Don’t add too much booze or they won’t freeze. Instead, use your favorite cocktail recipe but cut the alcohol down by almost half – this will allow them to set up properly.
Learn how to create Boozy Paletas at home. Full recipe here.
… savory and sweet
Summer House Santa Monica’s Pastry Chef Erin Mooney shows us that frozen yogurt isn’t just chocolate and vanilla. By combining fresh fruits, veggies and herbs you can create inventive frozen yogurt flavors that are a lighter yet still indulgent option for summer.
The flavors: Cucumber-Lemon, Hibiscus and Basil. Yes, basil. You read that right!
Chef Mooney adds that while the basil froyo still has elements of a sweet yogurt dessert, the fresh basil gives off those unexpected herbal notes.
All served with Pizzelles, an Italian waffle cookie, this refreshing froyo is more acidic, brighter and even cleansing to the palate.
Try this at home. Here is the recipe for Cucumber-Lemon Frozen Yogurt.
… and ahh, super refreshing.
Think a delightfully refreshing cool treat to beat down the dog days of summer. Try Ramen-san’s Strawberries & Cream Shaved Ice, made with macerated strawberries, sweetened condensed milk, fresh lime zest and mint and chewy tapioca pearls between layer after layer of shaved ice.
But you can also recreate this shaved ice dessert at home. Here are few tips and flavor combinations from Ramen-san’s Chef Doug Psaltis to take your frozen indulgence to the next level.
1. Start with a fine, light texture:
True shaved ice (or “shave ice,” as it’s called in Hawaii) consists of tiny flakes of ice served with flavorings and toppings. The fine texture absorbs these additions much better than coarser ice, which is what’s used to make the American snow cone.
2. Scrape it away:
The best way to achieve this fine texture is by using a shaved ice machine, which you can find for as little as $20 for a simple, hand-crank model. For a quick and free at-home method, try freezing a block of ice in a plastic storage container or clean cardboard drink carton (alternatively, you can purchase a large block of ice), freeze overnight, remove, then scrape or shave the ice with a cheese grater or bench knife.
3. Flavor time:
Now is the time to add your syrups and other flavorings — just make sure they are chilled! We recommend fresh fruit simple syrups, sorbets, ice cream, sweet condensed milk, maple syrup or any type of liqueurs to elevate the shaved ice into an adult treat!
4. Top it off:
Add slices of fresh fruit, toasted coconut, chopped nuts, tapioca pearls — whatever strikes your fancy! Don’t forget to serve the shaved ice in a pretty cup or glass, and be sure to include a spoon!
5. Play around:
While we love the freshness of the strawberries, fresh lime and mint served at Ramen-san, Chef Doug also enjoys these flavor combinations:
Creamsicle: Alternate layers of shaved ice with store-bought orange sorbet and vanilla ice cream, then top with diced fresh mango and toasted flakes of coconut.
Lemon Meringue: Alternate layers of store-bought (or homemade!) lemon sorbet with shaved ice and toasted marshmallows. Finish with freshly grated lemon zest, more toasted marshmallows and a sprinkling of crushed graham crackers for an added bonus!
Hungry for more? Check out other epic frozen desserts at Lettuce Entertain You restaurants that during National Ice Cream Month.