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Summer Guide 2012

Cold comfort

Icy treats for days when it's so hot you could lick a snowman's balls

Photo: Rob Bartlett, License: N/A

Rob Bartlett

Rainbow Sno-Cones: 3116 Corrine Drive, 407-896-9105
Rainbow has served up their specialty, New Orleans-style snowballs, to generations of Orlando families, and it turns out the saying is true: Practice does make perfect. Instead of the crunchy ice pellets of a snow cone from the fairgrounds, Rainbow's ice has the texture of actual snow, and the syrup flavors are killer: Tigers' Blood (strawberry and coconut) is a personal fave.

Jeremiah's Original Italian Ice: 6864 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, 407-679-2665; 111 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-599-9991; jeremiahsice.com
Sixteen years of experience make Jeremiah's a trusted purveyor of summertime sweets in Central Florida. Owner Jeremiah Litwack and staff throw a blend of fresh fruit, fruit puree, filtered water and sugar into soft-serve machines every day, pumping out the Platonic ideal of soft, refreshing Italian ice: not too sweet, not too crystalline. Try Scoop Froggy Frog, Jeremiah's signature mint-chocolate-chip flavor.

Twisted Bliss: 1807 N. Orange Ave., 407-484-2653; twistedblissicecream.com
The new kid on the block as far as Orlando ice stands go, Twisted Bliss is a groovy tie-dyed shack serving up sweet slushy ices with a heaping helping of '60s peace and love. They scoop some of the most creative flavors around: Arnold Palmer is a lemonade-and-tea summer classic, and Bananas Foster is convincingly caramelly.

7-Eleven: multiple locations
What can we say? Sometimes you gotta go with a classic, and 7-Eleven's iconic Slurpee is the undisputed master of brain freeze. Plus, at the end of May 7-Eleven finally rolled out a lower-calorie, sugar-free mango "Slurpee Lite," flavored with diet Fanta. They're cheap, they're fast, they're everywhere, and they're not bad in a pinch. Our rec: Add a shake of cayenne pepper and go show off that sugar-free body on the beach.

Drinking events and street parties
Street parties and drinking fests for people who refuse to let summer win


Alive After 5
Monthly street party with live music, art displays, food and cocktail sampling, and more. 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, and Thursday, Aug. 9; downtown Sanford, West First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $7 includes food and beverage sampling; sanfordwelcomecenter.com.


Annual Harvest Stomp
Join in the grape stomping, with outdoor music concerts, food vendors and wine tasting. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19; Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. Highway 27 North, Clermont; $2; 800-768-9463; lakeridgewinery.com.

Summer Guide 2012
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