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Frozen Treats for Fireworks and Fanfare

Frozen Treats for Fireworks and Fanfare
Written by Hannah Lee Leidy | Image by Stephen DeVries

Ward off the heat with frozen drinks, desserts, and other treats that put a frosty spin on mid-summer flavors. 

Frozen Drinks for July Fourth

Frozen Blackberry Bellini

A bellini on a holiday Monday? Don’t mind if we do! The addition of homemade blackberry syrup adds major mid-summer mojo to this traditionally peach-flavored drink.

Frozen Blackberry Bellini

The Gamechanger

Home Team BBQ’s frozen riff on Pusser’s painkiller earned them their adoring fanbase. The rum-based slushy is tropical-flavor forward with pineapple, coconut cream, and orange juice. The recipe as written only makes one drink, so plan to double it—whether or not you have company coming.

The Gamechanger frozen drink from Home Team BBQ is one of the Local Palate's most popular recipes

Caramel Corn Milkshake

This recipe is a bit of a project but, then again so was founding a nation. If you are short on time, however, feel free to substitute a good-quality caramel for the homemade version.

The Beardcats Caramel Corn Milkshake, a delicious frozen drink

Creole Muse

Add a touch of absinthe to the typical daiquiri, and you find yourself with a creole muse. While we love the idea of frozen drinks this time of year, we understand that not everyone wants to break out the blender. If that’s you, simply shake up the ingredients in a cocktail tin and double strain.

Refreshing frozen drinks for summer include this strawberry daiquiri

Festive Froyo, Ice Cream, and Gelato

Peach Lassi Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt

Summer peaches shine in the fruit puree that gets swirled into this tangy frozen yogurt. Developed by Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s, this recipe brings ice cream parlor swag to your Fourth of July festivities.

Peach lassi buttermilk ice cream in bowls with fresh peach slices for a frozen dessert

Watermelon Jalapeño Sno-Ball

You’re only three ingredients away from a dessert that packs both heat and freeze. A quick jalapeño syrup adds a touch of spice to counteract all the sweetness within the watermelon without being overly spicy.

Peach Iced Tea Sorbet

This light, dairy-free dessert is the relief your party needs. A splash of vodka ensures this sorbet holds its chill even on a warmer evening. For extra peachy flavors, try using a peach-tea blend to make the tea before mixing it with the other ingredients.

Peach tea sorbet in two antique cups

Kentucky Colonel Mint Gelato Cookies

This is the frozen dessert for folks who eat finger foods with their pinky in the air. We recommend rolling the cookies in bourbon barrel-smoked sugar for an extra kick of classic American flavors.

Kentucky Colonel Mint Gelato ice cream sandwiches

Sweet Tea Ice Cream

When not even an iced tea will shake the heat, turn it into ice cream. The variety of tea you use is dealer’s choice, so feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors: green, chai, peach, or earl grey.

Three scoops of sweet tea ice cream for a frozen dessert

Malted Strawberry Ice Cream

Creamy, decadent, and full of summery flavors, this dessert is a great way to use up a lackluster batch of store-bought strawberries. The addition of malt powder gives it old-school flare.

Scooping strawberry ice cream from a pan for a frozen dessert

Blueberry and Juniper Ice Cream

Juniper, cardamom, and cinnamon add unexpected spice and depth to this better-than-store-bought ice cream. Serve this alongside malted strawberry ice cream for a tasteful (and tasty) red-white-and-blue aesthetic.

A pan of homemade blueberry ice cream with cones and a scooper

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