Gallery: SE Staff Picks: Our Favorite Cool-Off Treats

Gelato from Otto
Gelato from Otto
"There are plenty of serious gelato shops in the city, but I just can't get over Otto. Meredith Kurtzman's gelatos and sorbets are silky smooth with balanced flavors that are enhanced by sweetness, not dominated by it. From the summer fruit sorbets to the always-delicious olive oil and salted caramel, they never disappoint. Meredith really is a gelato wizard, and in addition to Otto, you can get your fill at the GelOtto cart in Washington Square Park this summer." —Ed Levine
Trader Joe's Caribbean Fruit Floes
Trader Joe's Caribbean Fruit Floes
"In my book, icy fruit bars are infinitely more refreshing than the dairy variety of frozen treat. Trader Joe's has managed to get my top summer fruit flavors (strawberries, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and coconut) into one frozen bar that is appropriately sweet, light, and the tastiest way to beat the heat." —Meredith Smith
Iced Barley Tea
Iced Barley Tea
"I don't actually drink it that much (and I suppose it's not much of a "treat"), but iced barley tea is super refreshing when you're continuously bathing in your own sweat. It's like ice water...that's been toasted. And tastes like cereal. DELICIOUS. I swear." —Robyn Lee

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Pernod
Pernod
"I feel silly mentioning this since I just wrote about Pernod, but it's really the ideal summer cooler for me. It's tasty, gives you a little buzz, beats the heat, and takes a long, long time to drink (that's if you do it properly). Ideal for lounging around when the heat makes you feel like a melty blob who doesn't want to move anywhere." —J.Kenji Lopez-Alt
Popsicles
Popsicles
"Does it get any more refreshing than popsicles? I'm a big fan of the entire frozen-fruit-on-a-stick genre. The ones in the photo (strawberry lemonade and mango lime) were from Solpops, a little cart at the Portland Farmers' Market we hit up last year. Also love the paletas from NYC-based La Newyorkina. On a normal night though, I'll just reach for the Trader Joe's box (great minds, Meredith!). The lime bars are my go-to, but my latest obession, just recently spotted in the freezer aisle, is the mango chile variety. All the great sweet-spicy glory of chile-spiced dried mango, but frozen, juicier, and on a stick. Trader J., please don't ever even think of discontinuing these. —Erin Zimmer
Frozen Yogurt (the good kind)
Frozen Yogurt (the good kind)
"I feel as if frozen yogurt has more scorn heaped upon it than just about any other food out there. But given how much I love yogurt, I don't think it's weird that I love frozen yogurt even more. The good stuff: made from dairy, more tart than sweet. My two favorite fro-yo shops, though on opposite coasts, strangely share a name: Culture in Palo Alto, California, which uses milk from the highly acclaimed organic Straus Family Creamery for a plain frozen yogurt that's superlatively creamy; and Culture in Brooklyn, NY, which makes, strains, and freezes all their own yogurt on-site." —Carey Jones
Mint Iced Tea
Mint Iced Tea
"I love to have a huge pitcher of it in the fridge. It's so nice to wake up on a hot morning and not have to really lift a finger. I like mint iced tea with a bunch of fresh mint leaves in the glass." —Maggie Hoffman
Strawberry Soft-Serve
Strawberry Soft-Serve
"On hot, sticky days, there's nothing I crave more than a good cone of soft-serve ice cream. My years in Japan spoiled me with some damn tasty soy-sauce soft serve (don't knock it till you've tried it) and fresh milk soft serve, but I've been able to fill my cravings pretty well here in NYC with the BGICT's salty pimp and thegreen tea and black sesame cones from Mitsuwa's food court.

One of my favorite versions is Lula's Sweet Apothecary's gluten-free strawberry soft serve, which has eluded me since I had it last summer. I keep asking them to bring it back and they promise they will, but in the meantime I have to satisfy myself with the cake batter flavor (which is pretty darn delicious too). —Christine Tsai