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 and snow cones with a splash of booze.
Popsicle 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 to paper and rolled out a new list of Popsicle cocktails to satisfy summer crowds. Pops, which come in four flavors, are made in-house with a liqueur then served in a freshly-made cocktail. As the treat melts, the beverage is bolstered by new flavors.
The Midori Madness, for example, comes with a melon liqueur and jalapeno Popsicle in a strawberry-tequila gimlet. Both pieces are tasty on their own, but swirl for ultra-fruity flavor finished with fresh pepper. Bowen House’s Popsicle cocktails cost $10 each and offerings include a monthly rotating flavor.
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 three flavors — the Drunk Smurf, a blue raspberry snowball with berry vodka; the Mango Madness, a mango snowball with mango vodka; or the Snowmosa, which featured orange-flavored ice topped with champagne. That last one is the bar’s signature, according to GuideLive contributor Blake Wetzel.
Snow cones cost $10 each. 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.
Champagne pops at Soda Bar
The Soda Bar, located on the top floor of the NYLO Dallas South Side hotel, is poppin’ bottles and pouring them over wine Popsicles. The frozen sweets, created by Texas company SocialIce, come in several flavors, including margarita lime and strawberry daiquiri. Libations cost $10 a piece, but pairing them with one of the best skyline views in Big D is priceless.
Soda Bar, 1325 South Lamar St., Dallas.
Sangria Popsicle Margarita at Blue Goose
You know what else you can do with a wine Popsicle? Stuff it in a margarita. That’s what the creators of Blue Goose Cantina’s Sangria Popsicle Margarita did. This restaurant, too, bought the frozen pops from SocialIce in the sangria grape flavor before using it to garnish the house frozen margarita. The libation debuted in May and will be available for the foreseeable future, according to several Blue Goose managers. It’ll set you back $10 and is available at all area locations.
Wine pops at Spec’s
With all this talk of wine Popsicles, you’re probably wondering if you need to go out to a bar to be able to try them. While there are more than handful of places in D-FW serving them, as of this week winos can bring the goodness to their home freezers. SocialIce just began selling its treats at Spec’s Wine and Spirits in Dallas and will be rolling out to other Spec’s locations soon. 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 $7.95.
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.
Spec’s Wine and Spirits, 9500 North Central Expressway, Dallas.
Booze slushies at Daiquiris To Go
Dallas is no New Orleans, but there are several places you can snag a credible daiquiri. One of the newer spots is Daiquiris To Go on Lower Greenville. This is company’s second location behind its flagship on Riverfront Boulevard, which boasts 20 different recipes. On Lower Greenville though, owners have trimmed the list to its 10 most popular (many of which have raunchy names, like Break A Bitch) and paired them with a small menu of sandwiches.
Daiquiris come in 16 or 24 ounces, or if you’re feeding a herd of winos, go for a gallon (128 ounces). When the shop says to-go, it means it too — daiquiris come in a sealed bag for consumption offsite.
Daiquiris To Go, 3607 Greenville Ave., Dallas.