Photo by Paul Nelson; styling by Janna Chin
Ice cream cone
FACT: Summer in the cities melts away faster than an ice cube tossed into the Mississippi. Fight for your right to experience joy and surprise every minute of this sunny season by exploring the new trends in ice cream—world-hopping flavors, fresh spins on creamy floats, chilly cocktails, and more.
The nightly line that forms outside MilkJam Creamery is quickly becoming legendary. Try the Arab ice cream (made with mastic, a spice derived from tree resin) for a piney, resinous pop. Or the Indian Elvis made with curry, peanut butter, and banana.
2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-424-4668
Sweet Science Ice Cream has become a cult obsession because of the all-natural, chef-driven flavors. A smooth move for dinner parties or picnics—pick up a few of the single-serving cups. Look for the Pear Riesling sorbet, the honey chamomile ale, or that peak-of-summer triumph, sweet corn and blueberry.
Get a 21st century float at Cold Front, where they make their own sodas. Try the blood-orange and beetroot soda for an especially bright and tangy citrus base for vanilla. Or go for the Princess Rainbow Float with cherry soda, strawberry ice cream, and sprinkles on top.
490 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-330-7632
Nelson’s Ice Cream is still a can’t-miss stop when you’re making the rounds of antique shops in Stillwater. If you’ve been loading up on your Lumberjack sundae with five scoops of vanilla, you can get really crazy: black licorice ice cream and licorice chunks, perhaps? Finish the whole bowl and you’ll get your picture on the wall of fame.
920 W. Olive St., Stillwater, 651-430-1103
Ice Cream Cocktails
Hi-Lo Diner’s adorable silver diner car serves up several cocktails with a summertime twist. The Aaron Brrrr is made with rum, glog, and fresh bananas blended with ice cream. The Periscope Down has Fernet Branca, root beer, cold press, and ice cream.
4020 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-353-6568