Trying to beat the heat during the warmer months means keeping the AC on "arctic", downing ice-cold brews, and taking the kind of cold showers you usually reserve for date night. Or, you can peruse our list of the ATL's best boozy slushies, cake shakes, bacon pudding pops, and other frozen treats that'll keep you sweat-free this Summer. Puddin' Pops D.B.A. Barbecue 1190 N Highland Ave NE Ste B; Virginia Highland; 404.249.5000 The VaHi 'cue house known for its porky slabs of goodness, also goes hog wild with their frozen Puddin' Pops (pictured above). With flavors like strawberry cheesecake, Key lime pie, and even a bacon banana puddin' number, your call for a cool treat to beat the heat has been answered.
The best frozen treats in Atlanta, from donut ice cream sandwiches to JD & Coke slushies
Frozen Pints and Sublime Donut Ice Cream Sandwich
Cypress Street Pint & Plate
817 W Peachtree St NW Ste E125; Midtown; 404.815.9243
The Midtown watering hole's beer selection might be a good start, but it's their off-menu Sublime Donut Ice Cream Sandwich that'll have you cool as a cucumber, partly because it's cold and partly because you know that it exists. It's a Sublime glazed donut (made solely for Cypress), grilled up and sandwiched around a heaping dollop of Frozen Pints' Malted Milk Chocolate Stout beer ice cream, which should make becoming stout even more enjoyable.
Jack and Coke Slushies
280 Elizabeth St NE; Inman Park; 770.676.7287
The Inman Park gourmet sandwich shop takes the frozen Coke slushies you remember scoring at movie theaters when you were growing up, and then adds something that, as far as your parents and law enforcement know, you totally never tried growing up: Jack Daniel's.
King of Pops
1079 North Ave NE; Poncey-Highland; 404.507.6774
Popsicles might seem like they're just for kids, but King of Pops has all kinds of gourmet, adult-appropriate flavors like Chocolate Sea Salt, Watermelon Mojito, and Grapefruit Jalapeño. Catch the cart all year-round at various street corners, festivals, and events, and even score boozy versions, called "Poptails", at all Corner Tavern locations throughout the Summer.
Red Velvet Milkshake
Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand
489 Moreland Ave; East Atlanta; 678.590.2449
As if turning out a shton of proprietary links everyday wasn't enough, this East Atlanta sausage stand is also turning out Cake Shakes that blend locally sourced milk with Madagascar vanilla and -- here's the kicker -- an entire cupcake, icing and all, into a super thick and creamy treat in flavors like this Red Velvet one.
This roving popsicle cart has over 20 flavors of frozen treats, ranging from Banana Puddin' and Coconut Lemongrass to Eggnog and Watermelon Mojito. Check out their website to find out where they'll be... and then get there before everyone else, as the line builds quickly.
Midtown's beloved beer emporium, Cypress's got awesome daily features like trivia Wednesdays and 1/2 off apps Friday.
Victory's your go-to spot for sub-$5 sammies, a full bar, a projector screening thinking-man's films (Robocop, Godzilla...) & ping pong.
DCSS is dishing out locally sourced, small-batch chicken sausages called "slingers" in 10 styles like the Sleazy Cheesy, Italian Stallion & Shredder. They're also serving breakfast slingers throughout the day.
With its red plastic chairs, booth seating, and vintage Coke ads on the wall, D.B.A. Barbecue looks like the kind of joint that would serve down-right sloppy but delicious BBQ on paper plates and cheap beer in styrofoam cups. And that's partially true -- the smoked wings, ribs, brisket, and pastrami that grace this Virginia Highland spot's plates are top-notch -- especially when paired with a side of Texas toast -- but the full bar takes things one step further with its selection of craft beers from the Southeast and spiked slushy cocktails.