Spring in Sacramento doesn’t taper off, it crashes headlong into a sweltering abyss of sweat and malaise. For some, especially those who work out of doors, there is little relief to be found from the stifling sunshine echoed back double time from the blacktop on any given road. Drinks poured over ice are cold, but nowhere near as cold as a frozen blended drink like those served at these five hotbeds of cool liquids.
910 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Suite 160
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 771-2117

Wanting a delightful frozen beverage doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good health guidelines or quality food products. Baagan, a fresh, healthy vegan cafe specializing in the highest standards of food offerings, also creates tasty, unique and exceptionally cold frozen drinks. Two of its more interesting options are the green tea breeze or the “peanut” butter cup (made with almond and toasted sunflower seed butter). Baagan also offers the cold and inviting Magic Emerald, a banana and spinach smoothie.
Annie’s Sno Biz
Roseville, CA 95747
(916) 771-2283

Annie’s Sno Biz is a mobile food truck bringing cold refreshment wherever she goes. The bright red truck can be seen shining in the distance, like a fire truck come to put out the blaze. Choose from dozens of flavors, like orange, blue raspberry, cherry or pina colada. Enjoy the frosty snow with a spoon or a straw on a hot summer day and let your troubles melt away.

Tapioca Express
6821 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 391-6800

Boba milk tea, any number of milk teas containing large, chewy tapioca balls (or Boba), was invented in Taiwan during the 1980s. Since then, it has been steadily spreading across the globe and is now flourishing in Sacramento. Tapioca Express serves over 20 unique milk teas, including sesame and lavender, all of them nice and cold. For something more frozen, choose snow drinks in a myriad of flavors like matcha and mocha or from a selection of icy fruit drinks, including flavors like red bean, longan and fresh watermelon, with or without fruit on top.

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Crawdads River Cantina
1375 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 929-2268

When the weather is hot, it’s best to head to the water. While traveling by boat or even by car, sometimes the only thing that can handle thirst is an icy beverage. That’s why Crawdads, located right on the Sacramento River, is a favorite summer destination. The Whiskey Colada and the Mardi Gras, two of its signature frozen cocktails, can only be enjoyed more with the cool breeze coming off the water.

Leatherby’s Family Creamery
2333 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 920-8382

Though it is difficult to sip through a straw, the Black and Tan sundae from Leatherby’s is served in a glass and is therefore a frozen drink. Well, perhaps a sundae doesn’t count as a beverage, but what about Shelly’s ice cream soda – a scoop of any flavor of ice cream “blended with syrup, sparkling water and fresh whipped cream.” What could be colder than that? Naturally, the Creamery also offers traditional milkshakes (served with the metal can) and root beer floats, all guaranteed to bring your internal temperature into a tolerable range.

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Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento’s healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on Examiner.com