This kind of heat calls for something chilled to eat. And why go for empty calories when you could get a buzz in the process? Next time you're in the mood for a frozen treat, stop by one of the following places that adultify popsicles, snow cones and ice cream with a splash of booze.
Snow cone cocktails at Bowen House
This cocktail joint in Uptown Dallas didn't used to have a menu; instead, customers would divulge their liquor of choice and let the bartenders run wild. But to make things more accessible, Bowen House recently put some of its classic recipes to paper and rolled out a new list of snow cone cocktails to satisfy summer crowds. The drinks come served with a liquor of buyer's choice, crushed ice, and a splash of flavoring from one of the many Combier Liqueurs available.
Bowen House's snow cone cocktails cost $12 each and offerings include blackberry, peach, orange, mixed berry and more.
Bowen House, 2614 Boll St., Dallas.
Boozy snow cones at The Grove
Few things say summer better than a snow cone, but the only thing you can add to one at The Grove at Harwood is a top-off. The backyard bar located near Uptown and Downtown Dallas offers a myriad of flavors like passion fruit and watermelon, which patrons can mix and match with their preferred flavor of vodka. The bar also offers house combinations, such as the Drunken Smurf, a blue raspberry snowball with berry vodka, and the Mango Madness, a mango snowball with mango vodka. The Snowmosa, The Grove's signature, features orange-flavored ice topped with champagne.
Snow cones cost $10 each, except on Sundays prior to 4 p.m. when they are all half-price. The Grove at Harwood also offers backyard games such as sand volleyball and bocce ball to pair with your treat.
The Grove at Harwood, 3019 McKinnon St., Dallas.
The Sweet House
The Sweet House in Rowlett has been serving ice cream, sorbet, gelato and sherbet since 2014, but only recently did it add booze-infused flavors to its menu. Using a proprietary process, owners Meredith and Chris Davis make frozen desserts that range anywhere from 2 to 5 percent alcohol depending on the flavor. Adult offerings include mimosa sorbet (made with sparkling wine), merlot ice cream, hoppy IPA ice cream, and Mai Tai ice cream, among others.
Prices range $2.99 for a small serving to $7.75 for a pint, which patrons can take home with them -- yes, really! On Tuesdays, all alcoholic items are $1 off.
The Sweet House, 7001 Rowlett Rd., #200, Rowlett.
Wine pops at Spec's
Wine popsicles are a real thing and you don't have to go out to a bar to find them. While there are more than handful of places in D-FW serving them, including the hipster summer hotspot the FOE, winos can also bring the goodness to their home freezers. Texas company SocialIce began selling its treats at Spec's Wine and Spirits in Dallas before rolling out to other Spec's locations in the area. The pops come in four flavors -- margarita lime, sangria grape, strawberry daiquiri, and mimosa orange -- each of which is 5 percent alcohol content and less than 100 calories. A box of four pops retails for $7.49.
If you do take them home, a word of caution: You'll need to turn your freezer to its highest setting, otherwise the popsicles will melt quickly. We're not fans of wasted wine.
Find a Spec's Wine and Spirits near you.
Cocktail popsicles at Hide
So you like popsicles, but aren't into wine? Stop by Hide in Deep Ellum, where the frozen pops are made with liquor. This newish bar uses scientific tools, such as a centrifuge and dehydrator, to craft some of its cocktails and has now found a way to freeze spirits into sweets. The cocktail popsciles come in two flavors: bourbon vanilla and tequila with mango and lime. There's also a virgin piña colada, if you're trying to avoid getting a buzz.
Hide's cocktail popsicles cost $6.50 each, except for the piña colada flavor, which runs $4.
Hide, 2816 Elm St., Dallas.