Signs of summer: Boozy ice pops at rooftop bars

Is it summer yet? We're seeing the first signs, including press releases on summer treats of dubious quality. But still—summer treats!

Dream pops at Ava Lounge

Dream pops at Ava Lounge

When the season turns to spring, we see flowers budding; when it's fall's turn, we see leaves changing color. But what about summer? Well, yesterday we saw our first muscle shirt of the season, and today, the first news of seasonal cocktails at rooftop bars.

Ava Lounge, atop the Dream Hotel, is open now and offering Dream Pops ($15), boozy ice lollies to lick while taking in the view of Times Square. Do they taste divine, or are they sickly and gross? We haven't tried them yet (although our critics suspect the latter), but we're quite taken by the vision of reclining in the sun and working on something cold and alcoholic.

Ava Lounge has also rather helpfully supplied the recipe in case you want to make them for your next backyard BBQ. In a large pitcher, combine one bottle of dry white wine, 12 oz. of St. Germain, 12 oz. of fresh pineapple juice, 12 oz. fresh orange juice—and stir. Add six dashes of Angostura bitters to the tip of the pop molds, add assorted fresh fruit, then pour in the mixture. Add the cover and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for a minimum of six hours, remove and serve in a rocks glass over prosecco or champagne.

Still not feeling in the summer mood? Perhaps our summer preview will help.