Vodka popsicles, mojito snow cones and bourbon milkshakes: The adults only frozen treats taking over New York City bars
17:00 GMT, 11 June 2012
Restaurants and bars are gearing up for summer, putting a grown-up twist on frozen treats by injecting them with alcohol.
From spiked milkshakes to liquor-infused snow cones and alcoholic popsicles, mixologists are offering cocktail-inspired icy treats as a new way to cool off, adult-style.
New York's newly opened Conrad Hotel has just introduced alcoholic fruit puree popsicles to its rooftop bar Loopy Doopy Lounge, which are
served soaking in a glass of prosseco.
Adults-only: Alcoholic frozen treats are popping up all over New York, including these rum, bourbon and vodka infused popsicles at Loopy Doopy Lounge
Alex Joset, marketing manager at the four-month-old hotel, told DNAinfo.com: 'It's simple – adults like alcohol and people like popsicles.'
Roughly 20per cent alcohol, the strong $16 popsicles come in flavors like watermelon and 10 Cane Rum, White Peach and Hudson Baby Bourbon, and strawberry and Grey Goose citron.
The blend of fruit puree, along with stabilisers, allows the spirits to freeze, something the bar initially struggled with.
Fany Gerson, owner of Manhattan popsicle cart company La New Yorkina, said that balancing out the alcoholic content is far from simple.
'Too little alcohol and you don’t
have enough flavor, but if you add too much, the alcohol won’t freeze,'
she told Portfolio.com, noting that experimenting with gin was
carts distribute cylindrical Mexican-inspired ice pops called Paletas
at cocktail events, with the strawberry mojito flavour containing rum,
and the spicy pineapple margarita boasting tequila and orange liqueur.
Prosecco on tap: The $16 popsicles are roughly 20per cent alcohol, and come in flavors like watermelon and 10 Cane Rum, and strawberry and Grey Goose citron
milkshakes have also become a popular item at many burger shacks,
including Dumont Burger in Williamsburg, which serves a maple bacon
milkshake with bourbon using syrup aged in bourbon barrels.
Shenae Simmons, the restaurant's manager, said: 'They may look innocent, but these things have got a punch – they can put hair on your chest.'
'Part of the appeal is that childlike sense,' she added. 'You'd sit and have a milkshake with your parents and felt like you're an adult. Now that you're over 21, you can put some strength in them.'
The creamy, $12 alcoholic desserts
come in flavors like the Nutty Irishman, a vanilla shake with Bailey's,
Frangelico, Dulce de Leche and coffee.
the burger restaurant opened in 2007, the spiked shakes have proven to be one
of the most popular items on the menu, according to Ms Simmons.
She said that on New Year's Day, 105 shakes were sold to hung over revelers, hoping for 'some hair of the dog.'
Snow cones: Mojito, Margarita and Cosmopolitian flavoured ice shavings are offered at Gansevoort Hotel's rooftop bar
Other bars have also begun to get more experimental in their frozen treat making.
up true Americana childhood memories, the rooftop bar at Flatiron's
Gansevoort Park hotel is serving up alcohol-infused snow cones.
According to the hotel's Tumblr, the flavours are still being decided on, with favourites, mojito, margarita and cosmopolitan being the front-running contenders.
Carol Greene, 60, who was visiting New York from San Francisco, took a break from
sight seeing for a alcoholic popsicle at the Loopy Doopy Lounge.
She said: 'I don't really like the taste of alcohol, but anything that can hide it with something like this, I can enjoy it and get a little high.
'If this were an alcoholic creamsicle, it would've been perfect.'