Austin has no shortage of culinary innovators who are upping the ante on ice creams to beat the heat. In honor of National Ice Cream Day on July 17, we found seven of the most seasonal flavors to try this summer.
Tèo's handcrafted Italian gelato continues to impress locals and visitors alike. This summer, stop by to try their seriously seasonal Peach Bellini, which is a bubbly sweet spoonful of summer. Dairy-free and made from Texas peaches and crisp Prosecco, this refreshing sorbetto relieves the heat and delivers serious flavor. 1206 W. 38th St., 512-452-9555
This East Side ice cream shop is helmed by two local sisters who continually raise the bar when it comes to these refreshing treats, thanks to their use of liquid nitrogen in their made-to-order creations. We especially love the blueberry ice cream that features a flash-frozen flavor made from local fruit. Pro tip: Another new menu special to try is the "Honey Bear-ey," a seasonal varietal topped with honeycomb and chef Christina Cheng's corn cookie crumble for a crunchy pop of goodness. 1912 E. Seventh St., 512-524-1768
We all scream for ice cream, and that includes those with vegan diets who deserve to enjoy the treat just like their dairy-consuming friends. Sweet Ritual makes it all possible with their summery strawberry beet, which is made with a toasted cashew base, fresh strawberries, and a few drops of fresh beet juice that gives it its perfect blush color, for a simple and satisfying indulgence. 4361 Airport Blvd., 512-666-8346
Texas peaches are perhaps the most ubiquitous local fruit, and Lick Honest Ice Creams takes full advantage of its prime season with the honeyed peach with rosemary offering. Intensely flavorful and sweet from peaches and local Good Flow honey, this mixture practically makes the perfect combo for the herbaceous rosemary ice cream. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite 1135, 512-363-5622; 6555 Burnet Rd., 512-609-8029
The new ice cream haven housed in an East Side bungalow prides itself on loving local ingredients, and combining two things everyone can get behind: ice cream and alcohol. Try any one of their boozy treats for a refreshing treat with a kick, though the seasonal sangria sorbet, which combines some of life’s best ingredients into a light and cooling bowl of fruity deliciousness, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. 1407 E. Seventh St., 512-992-1449
Run by three friends with a serious love of Italian gelato, Dolce Neve is famous for its tasty collaborations with Austin restaurants and food experts. Recently, this SoFi shop partnered with local fermentation expert Jason White for an inventive take on peaches and cream. The team lacto-ferments local fruit with shio koji and sake kasu, which gives the ice cream a taste like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. 1713 S. First St., 512-804-5568
This Rainey Street hot spot's partner and pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph is a mastermind of all things sweet, and his passion fruit ice cream is nothing short of legendary. Sandwiched between salty koji cookies, the tartness of the ice cream is balanced by the blueberry preserves oozing from the top. Inspired by Bristol-Joseph’s childhood memory of a passion fruit vine in his backyard, this nostalgic dessert hits the ideal balance of acidity and creaminess with a cookie crunch finish. 51 Rainey St., 512-366-5530