Food Scene

Refreshing Tempe Summer Drinks

Summertime, known as the time of year where seat belt burns can almost send you to the hospital, phones won’t function because they go into cool down mode and stepping out barefoot feels like doing a fire dance on a bed of hot charcoals. Those local to the Tempe area know how important it is to find ways to beat the heat during the summer, including finding the best summer drinks that take you out of the summer heat, and into a blissful retreat. Check out these Tempe locations for refreshing Tempe summer drinks.

Rita’s Italian Ice
Rita’s Italian Ice, located on Mill Ave. and Seventh St., is perfect for all ages. Choose between freshly made Italian Ice, custards, or one of their many mixed frozen drinks. I personally enjoy the Blendini, which is a perfect blend of Italian Ice and creamy frozen custard, topped with your favorite toppings.

740 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 389-3530

Bahama Bucks
Head on over to Bahama Buck’s where you can relax and connect with friends while you experience a little piece of paradise. Bahama Buck’s knows the exact science to creating irresistible frozen treats. From their “Sno” creations to their Island Smoothies, they have their flavors down pat. Try their Piña Colda Sno. It’s out of this world and makes you feel like you’re on an island vacation.

1006 E. Warner Rd., #101 Tempe, AZ  85284
(480) 777-9482

Tropical Smoothie Café
Tropical Smoothie Café offers fresh, natural quality smoothies that are perfect for summertime. Made with bold, flavorful food, Tropical Smoothie Café only makes their smoothies with real fruit and vegetables. Ask for a superfood or supercharged smoothie to stay on track with your diet or if it’s the weekend and you are looking to let your hair down, choose one of their Indulgent Smoothies. All options can be paired with supplements or add-ins for an added benefit.

8707 S. Priest Dr., #108 Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 496-4200

Original ChopShop Co.
Along with their healthy cuisine, Original ChopShop Co. also offers some of the best pressed juices in the Valley that will be sure to quench your summer thirst. For a real summer treat, try the Cool Down pressed juice, which includes watermelon, pineapple, apple, lime and ginger. I also recommend trying the Hyrdrator, one of their lighter pressed juices. It’s made up of cucumber, pineapple, lemon coconut water and aloe vera juice into one refreshing drink.

222 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 307-9336

Joe’s Italian Ice 
Joe’s Italian Ice brings Philly-style frozen treats all the way to Tempe. Each specialty treat is crafted to perfection with real fruit from California farms and ice cream straight from a dairy in Philadelphia. They offer nearly 100 different unique Italian ice flavors, from Strawberries ‘n Cream to Peanut Butter Cup, you can even combine your choice of soft serve ice cream with it!

2019 S. McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 907-7077

Dave & Buster’s
Eat, Drink, and escape the summer heat at Dave & Buster’s. Bring the whole family and enjoy cool and refreshing drinks all while playing some of their exclusive and classic arcade games. Kids can choose off of the “Icy Sips” section where there are slushies, shaved ice, smoothies and milkshake concoctions. Adults can also join in on the fun with childhood treats with a grownup twist, like one of their snow cones infused with your favorite liquors.

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 281-8456

Alicia Griffith
Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!