Maryland summers are famously hot and humid, especially in the Baltimore area. But Baltimore is also famous for its wide variety of frozen treats. We have looked around the area and located some of the tastiest icy beverages for you, including a few adult drinks and a few others that the kids could enjoy. Beat the heat and try them out.
Four Seasons Baltimore
200 International Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21202
LAMILL Coffee is a swanky little venue located in the Four Seasons in the Inner Harbor area. With a flavorful menu that would make Starbucks green with envy, possibly the best drink to order during the humid Baltimore summers would be the iced coffee. Unlike other coffees, this particular beverage is slow-brewed in cold water, a process that makes the frozen drink smoother and less acidic than its heated brother. Top this off with a simple-yet-complimentary syrup, and you’ve got a drink that is so perfectly balanced, it may just become your favorite summer indulgence.
13 Allegheny Ave.
Towson, Md. 21204
Zia’s is one of the increasing number of local cafés that strive to offer organic, non-processed food and drinks to an increasingly health-conscious world. One of the best treats is its diverse menu of smoothies. While the entire menu is filled with creative and delicious flavors, possibly the most flavorful and unique is the Nutty Banana, a frozen blend of organic peanut butter, bananas and dates all sweetened with a creamy almond milk. If you want a sweet summer treat while still watching your health, Zia’s is just the place to go.
Abbey Burger Bistro
1041 Marshall St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Perhaps you want to step up your frozen drink indulgence to a more adult level; in which case, you could do little better than Abbey’s Spiked Shake. A favorite of Abbey’s patrons, this spiked dessert drink mixes up a few scoops of Gifford’s vanilla ice cream in an old-fashioned milkshake machine; adding Stoli Vanilla and Godiva liqueurs. The indulgence doesn’t stop there, though, as this drink is then served up with delicious Berger cookies. This drink is a great stand-alone dessert, or the perfect finish to one of Abbey’s many delicious entrées. Want to try it more responsibly? Abbey Burger Bistro offers its shakes virgin as well.
26 E. Cross St.
Federal Hill, Md. 21230
The Stalking Horse is a bustling night spot in Federal Hill that pulls in quite a weekend crowd. Among the draws of the Horse is the slushie machine that sits behind the bars on each floor. The Stalking Horse offers a number of different spiked slushies, but the must-try favorite is, of course, the Ravens Grape. Appealing to the die-hard Baltimore sports fans, this frozen treat is spiked with none other than purple grape vodka. Stalking Horse slushies are served in half-pint plastic cups; just enough to indulge yourself without risking brain freeze. They are also sweet enough to be appealing without being so sweet they sour your stomach. It’s safe to say that the Stalking Horse has perfected the art of adult slushies.
1390 Lancaster St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant takes adult frozen drinks to another level by using premium blends of wine, rum, vodkas and other high-end liqueurs. Its menu of frozen drinks rotates, but its signature drink, the Fuzzy Momo Bellini (or FUZZy MOMO bELLini, as the menu spells it) is always available. The Bellini is actually a fairly well-known Italian cocktail, but RA serves it up frozen and in its own unique blend of sparkling and white wines, Bacardi Rum, yuzu, peach and strawberry purée. Try it by its lonesome or alongside RA’s diverse menu of Japanese dishes and treats.
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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.