During the dog days of summer (which is basically all year in south Florida), there's nothing better than an icy treat. National Ice Cream Day is coming up on July 18. Here are the best places to cool off with a creamy confection in Miami this year.
ChillN' Nitrogen Ice Cream
Part frozen confection and part science experiment, ChillN' Nitrogen Ice Cream is unlike any other ice cream shop in Miami. The south Miami outpost downtown near Shops at Sunset and uses a periodic table as a menu to help guests create their own tasty creations. Start by picking a base. Ice cream, yogurt, and tart yogurt are popular options, but there are also oat milk and almond milk for vegans. Next, choose a flavor. There are staples like peanut butter, strawberry, biscotti, and banana and seasonal offerings such as mango, key lime pie, and pistachio. Finally, pick your mix-ins. Make your creation colorful with sprinkles or M&M's or crunchy with waffle cone bits or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The entire treat is then flash-frozen using liquid nitrogen right in front of you! It's the freshest, smoothest ice cream around.
Bianco Gelato is making traditional Italian gelato the old-fashioned way in Coconut Grove. The organic gelato never has chemicals or artificial ingredients and offers certified vegan, kosher, and sugar-free flavors too. Classic flavors include hazelnut, pistachio, and Blue Milk cookies and cream. Try refreshing vegan sorbets in flavors like pineapple mint, lemon, mango, and mixed berry, or sip any gelato or sorbet through a straw by making them into milkshakes and smoothies. Enjoy fresh flavors on a stick with gelato and sorbet popsicles too. All of the popsicles are vegan, including the chocolate and hazelnut flavor.
Aubi & Ramsa
Get a babysitter for the kids because Aubi & Ramsa is 21 and over. The liquor-infused ice creams and sorbets come in at nearly 5% ABV. Whether you're a tequila fan or a single malt drinker, there's a frozen boozy treat for you. And Aubi & Ramsa isn't using well liquor. No, ma'am. It's using top-shelf spirits like The Macallan 12, Zacapa 23, and Casamigos. Enjoy the depth of "The Scotch and Decadence," which uses Dalmore 12-infused chocolate ice cream with a dulce de leche swirl, or keep it tropical with "The Coco Loco," Don Julio Blanco-infused coconut ice cream with coconut flakes. If you're a champagne fan, try "The Japanese Pearl Drop," made with Veuve Clicquot, Soto sake, and Chambord-infused raspberry sorbet. Get those brunch vibes with "The Tangerine Mimosa," tangerine sorbet infused with Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut.
Dasher & Crank
Stop for small-batch ice cream in the heart of Wynwood. Like pretty much everything in this neighborhood, Dasher & Crank is unapologetically trendy. All of the artisan ice cream flavors are made in-house using local and premium ingredients. So far, it has created more than 400 flavors, and the menu rotates constantly. The most popular flavor is the Instagram-worthy "Ube Macapuna," made with Filipino purple yams (ube) and coconut ice cream. Other creative flavors include "Black Mint" (mint, activated charcoal, and chocolate chunks), "Ruby Rose" (rosewater ice cream with shortbread cookies and white and ruby red chocolate pearls), and the vegan "Piña Colada" (pineapple, coconut, and rum sorbet). Since the flavors often change daily, it's best to call or check social media for the flavors of the day.
The Frieze Ice Cream Factory
What makes The Frieze Ice Cream Factory one of the best ice cream shops in Miami? It could be the 16% butterfat cream. It could also be that each flavor is made fresh daily and has been for the last 30 years. No matter the reason, the high-quality ice cream at The Frieze makes it one of the most popular dessert destinations in the city. You'll find a wide range of flavors made from a variety of different ice cream bases. The vanilla-based flavors include malted milk ball, mint chip, and vanilla toffee crunch, while the caffeinated coffee-based ice creams come in mocha almond fudge, and espresso hazelnut, among others. If you're sensitive to dairy or avoid it altogether, there's also an ample 100% fruit sorbet menu. Beat the heat with refreshing flavors like pink grapefruit, tamarind, guanabana (soursop), and key lime.
Azucar Ice Cream Company
The buzz and vibrancy of Little Havana are evident in every spoonful of ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company. Azucar is interwoven into the fabric of Little Havana. It buys its ruby red mamey down the street at a local fruit stand, and the sweet platanos maduras are hand-prepared at a grocery nearby. There are so many mouth-watering flavors to choose from, including "Willy Cherino" (bourbon ice cream with dark cherries), caramel flan, rum raisin, Guinness chocolate, and strawberry balsamic. The seasonal flavors are even more off-the-wall and creative. Try quirky flavors like sweet potato ancho chili chocolate chip (try saying that three times fast), avocado, "Red Hot Lover" (banana and red hots), and sweet corn. Each flavor is made daily, and the team is constantly challenging themselves to make even more creative flavors to delight their customers.