The Strip's summer sun can have you running from resort to resort searching for air-conditioned comfort. But for extra relief on the hottest days, try any of these ice-cold menu selections, from creamy delights to slushy cocktails.
BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo has 36 flavors of ice cream and sorbet to choose from, with 100 rotating flavors, including 24 sorbets and three ice creams infused with alcohol. Enjoy their selections by the scoop or add toppings to build your own sundae. Alcoholic milkshakes are available, too. The "Adult Cookie Jar" is mix of ice cream, Oreo cookies, cookie dough, Baileys Irish Cream and Skyy Vanilla Bean vodka topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
Feeling creative? The Burger Bar inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place features the Ultimate Build Your Own Milkshake Experience. Guests can choose from an extensive list of ice cream flavors, liquors, fruits, toppings and sauces to make their own chilly creation, with ingredients that include Zing Red Velvet vodka, Jagermeister and even Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
For something light and refreshing, the Pool Cafe at Mandarin Oriental serves alcohol ice pops. Choices include the Creamy Margarita pop made with tequila, lime juice, condensed milk and tequila salt, and the Roasted Strawberry Sangria pop made with strawberries, sweet red wine and balsamic vinegar.
The Neapolitan at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas' Boulevard Pool also serves a selection of adult popsicles and playful booze-driven concoctions. The Peanut Butter Jelly Time is an adult PB&J made with raspberry jam, purée and liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and raspberries served between peanut butter cookies.
Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is a popular spot to "chill," offering a menu of drug store sundaes guests can enjoy inside the restaurant or order at its to-go window. In addition to such fun flavors as the deep-fried Twinkie sundae and carrot cake sundae, the whimsical eatery serves a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic "Frrrozen" hot chocolates.
For a unique location to escape summer's triple-digit temps, head to a Minus5 Ice Bar inside Monte Carlo or the Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Guests will be given a coat, gloves and boots to wear inside the ice bar as they enjoy their cocktail "in the rocks." The Iceman is a flavorful mix of Sobieski Vodka, Raspberry Di Amore and fruit juices. All cocktails come in imported Canadian glasses made entirely of ice.
-Heather Turk, Tribune Content Solutions