When summer gets sizzling, cool down with a fab frozen cocktail or dreamy ice cream concoction. Feel that chilly drink in your hand or embrace the brain freeze with your ice cream cone, gelato or milkshake. Ease the heat and eat with outdoor breezes or indoor a/c when you go Exploring North Shore Restaurants.
Hampton Social, Skokie
Freezy, Breezy Cocktails
Hampton Social (4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie) has a winner with the Hampton Frosé, a pretty shake-up of Tito’s vodka, rosé wine and peach purée by the glass or … by the giant sea shell! Sophia Steak (1146 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette) refreshes with stars like the Kick Starter (tequila, mezcal, jalapeño, cucumber, lime). Bring on the rooftop vibes at Five and Dime (1026 Davis St., Evanston) and their Negroni Slushie (Citadel Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, citrus) or Frosé Rosé Slushie, a Vinho Rosé spiked with Titos and organic strawberry juice.
Cafe El Tapatio, Glenview
Brrrrrilliant Mixed Drinks & More
The copper mugs of Mules at City Works Eatery and Pour House (365 W. Dundee Rd., Wheeling) will chill you to the core. Try their Tito’s Texas Mule or variations like the Kentucky Mule (with bourbon) or the Cucumber Mule (gin and cucumber vodka) in little or BIG brother sizes. Get your margarita fix at Café El Tapatio (9707 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview) as frozen, spicy or regular—in fact, make it a pitcher. The Wine Goddess (702 Main St., Evanston) has frozen bevvies on tap: the OG Frosé (or add pink guava) and The Southside: a gin/lime concoction with Frosé for days!
Graeter's Ice Cream, Winnetka
We Really Do Scream for Ice Cream
FRÍO Gelato (1301 Chicago Ave., Evanston) specializes in Argentine gelato and sorbet made with the freshest ingredients. The Cucurucho (pronounced “coo-coo-ROO-choh”) is their iconic waffle cone with the swirl of gelato on top. If you need an old-school experience, Homers (1237 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette) has been serving up homemade gourmet ice cream in Butter Pecan, Chocolate Chip, Moose Tracks and more for decades. Meanwhile, Graeter’s Ice Cream (940 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka; 1347 Shermer Rd., Northbrook) has been producing small batch French Pot ice cream since 1870 with hits like the Peach Melba Sundae, plus milkshakes and coffee Chillers.
Dawg Park Grill, Glenview
Shake Things Up!
Gotta try an adorably garnished “Shaggy Shake” from Dawg Park Gourmet Grill (1839 Tower Rd., Glenview) with drooly possibilities like Chocolate Mousse Shake, Matcha Green Tea Shake and Crazy Cookie Shake. The Happ Inn (305 Happ Rd., Northfield) has its own dessert delight with the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae. You can’t go wrong with the classics at Northbrook Dairy Queen Grill & Chill (2774 Dundee Rd., Northbrook) from the Peanut Buster Parfait Royal to cones dipped in chocolate or a fruity blast. Shake Shack (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie) at Westfield Old Orchard amps up the soft-serve game with premium ice cream, made in house daily with real cane sugar and cage-free eggs.