The kings of cool
There’s something about summer in Vegas that’s a little steamy. Maybe it’s the late night clubbing or the Chippendales, or the 105-degree weather. No matter what gets your temperature rising, there’s no better way to stay cool in Vegas than with a frozen treat.
“In the summer, when you’re outside, one of the best things is to have something cold,” says Christina Olivarez, executive chef of Diego restaurant at MGM Grand.
From an alcoholic ice cream served poolside to an adult milkshake fit for a campfire, we have something for everyone in Vegas.
While Chef Christina Olivarez keeps things spicy at Diego with flavorful Mexican cuisine, there is one dessert that is sure to cool you down.
The paletas, or Mexican popsicles, at Diego are cool and refreshing after a hot summer day. Some of the popsicles contain tequila, such as the signature margarita and Frita margarita popsicles. Others, like the cucumber mint and white peach orange, are non-alcoholic and great for kids of any age.
For Olivarez, paletas bring back memories from her childhood.
“Back home in California, we had the people that would push around carts and sell paletas in the summertime,” says Olivarez.
Flavors rotate based on the availability of fresh fruits.
Why we like it: Chef Olivarez, who can be seen on an upcoming episode of Food Network’s “Chopped,” has taken traditional paletas to the next level with her creative combinations using the freshest ingredients–and tequila.
Icepan is the quick-service ice cream shop that lets you choose, well, just about everything. This ice cream stand in Harrah’s lets you choose the type of dairy you want (including whole milk, skim milk, soy milk.) You can also choose the flavoring you want as well as the ingredients mixed in on a cold counter surface. A few suggestions: Try the kiwi, mango and mint chocolate.
A bowl of ice cream is fairly standard. A bowl of alcoholic ice cream, poolside, with an occasional frozen grape hand picked by a goddess–not so standard. Available at the Garden of the Gods pool, SnoBar ice cream has a touch of alcohol, sure to keep you both cool and buzzed.
Flavors include the grasshopper with brandy, crème de menthe and crème de cacao and the pink squirrel, made with brandy, almond liqueur and crème de cacao.
With four locations here in Vegas including the recently opened location in MGM Grand, Blizz Frozen Yogurt is, quite simply, a delicious concept.
“When you taste our yogurt, you’ll notice it’s not grainy, icy or watery. Ours is very rich and very creamy,” says Tony Ravelo, co-owner of Blizz.
In addition to the yogurt shop, there is also a crepe station, a dessert station and a bar, which serves frozen drinks.
BLT Burger serves delicious non-alcoholic milkshakes like the “Creamsicle” and the “Mother Fluffer,” vanilla ice cream with toasted marshmallows. For an extra kick, try a spiked milkshake like the “Night Rider,” a blend of Kahlua, chocolate liqueur, Oreo cookies and chocolate ice cream.
Why we like it: BLT Burger is situated in a prime location, walking into The Mirage from the Las Vegas Strip walkway, BLT Burger is the first restaurant you hit and there is no better way to cool down than with a milkshake.
Luv-It Frozen Custard
A Las Vegas staple, Luv It Frozen Custard, located at 505 E. Oakey Blvd., is a walk-up window only. The extra creamy frozen custard comes in flavors like butter crunch, hot apple walnut, pineapple puff, sprinkle special and banana fudge crumble.
Why we like it: Luv-It Frozen Custard is a downtown Las Vegas landmark. The stand has been cooling down locals and tourists alike with tasty frozen custard since 1973.
Fro-Ho might sound like an insult if you shout it at somebody, but it’s actually a delicious, chocolatey frozen treat at Serendipity 3. Located in the front of Caesars Palace and overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, Serendipity 3 offers the Frozzzen Hot Chocolate in their restaurant, or via the walk-up window in a to-go form.