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20 Latino Ice Cream Spots In LA You Should Definitely Try Out When You Visit

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There are countless choices out there for ice cream and it doesn’t have to be limited to summer. Oh, and ice cream has become really cool these days. Gone are the days of your plain old waffle cone and ice cream replaced with creations we could only dream of when we were younger. Here are 20 Latino-owned ice cream spots you should check out the next time you are in Los Angeles.

1. Elado Ice Cream

With a big selection of ice cream sandwiches and cakes, you can’t go wrong at Elado Ice Cream. They specialize in ice cream cakes which means they have mastered different ways to add ice cream into almost anything. From ice cream cupcakes to sandwiches they’ve got you covered. This ice cream joint has two locations in Pico Rivera and Anaheim, California. 

2. La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

Just a glance at these treats and you’re ready to make the drive to get your hands on one of them. Say hello to La Michoacana, this ice cream parlor takes a page right out of some of your favorite Mexican treats and combines them with ice cream. From the mangonadas to the chamoy paletas, it’s all here in its ice cream glory. There are multiple locations across southern California to choose from.

3. Crescendo Ice Cream LA

It’s an ice cream experiment that went terribly good and that’s just the start of it at Crescendo Ice Cream. This ice cream business doesn’t have a store at the moment but are frequently seen at various food and dessert festivals across SoCal. They specialize in nitro ice cream which is ice cream made with liquid nitrogen that melts quickly in your mouth.

4.  Ice Cream Garden

Ever wanted to plant and grow your own ice cream? Well now you can. Well not really but this is as close as you can get thanks to Ice Cream Garden, which serves your treat right out of a plant pot. It’s one of the craziest ice creams you’ll ever see and it looks delicious. They have pop-up shops and cater across the LA area. 

5. Mateo’s Ice Cream

For fans of paletas you can’t go wrong with Mateos’s Ice Cream located in the Westchester district of South L.A. This Mexican ice cream shop has been serving up tasty treats for decades and is famous for its pomegranate popsicles. This is a hole in a wall that foodies can’t miss whenever in the area. 

6. Cascada Refrescante

If you’re a fans of mangonadas this is your spot. Cascada Refrescante is a juice bar located in Buena Park and has some of the most refreshing smoothies and ice cream your eyes will ever lay on. All of their smoothies and juices come with an array of fruits and toppings you won’t find anywhere else. 

7. Paleteria la Mexicana

La Mexicana’s special brand of paleta invites customers into their shop to enjoy flavors more colorful and numerous than any other shop you can imagine. Located in Long Beach, this paleta shop is a Latino haven with its fruitful selection and tasty popsicles. 

8.  10 Below

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Who would ever guess that smores and ice cream would be the perfect combination? Well say hello to 10 Below. There are multiple locations on the east coast and just recently a new store opened in LA. 10 Below specializes in ice cream rolls with flavors like nutella, key lime pie and their famous rainbow unicorn.

9. Horchateria Rio Luna

There are many imitations of the concha ice cream but few do it justice like Horchateria Rio Luna does it. With an array of concha flavors and ice cream this is junk food heaven for the Latino in us all. Also try out the horchata selection while you’re at it, it’s just as good as the ice cream.

10.  Drips and Swirls

One of the biggest trends in ice cream right now is charcoal soft serve because of the unique almond flavor. Drips and Swirls are one of the original ice cream shops to start the fad and have quite a loyal following of fans because of flavors like pina stawberry and charcoal water mango. Located near downtown LA, Dips and Swirls even has a happy hour Tuesday-Friday 3-6 p.m., which gives an even better reason to check it out. 

11.  Zury’s Raspados

Growing up raspados were a big part of most Mexican childhoods and it’s no surprise many of us still crave these icy treats. Zury’s Raspados has brought your childhood back with their diablitos raspados that look as good as they taste. With multiple locations in LA, they offer mangonados, tostilocos and array of Mexican treats. 

12. Rico Tejuino Los Reyes

Located in Lincoln Heights, Rico Tejuino Los Reyes is mom and pop shop that you’ll keep coming back to. Most LA locals will tell you this is best place to get paletas and their specialty ice cream flavors of tamarindo and fresca. Make sure to arrive early as lines are usually out the door for this little gem. 

13. La Flor De Michoacan

It’s not hard to find paletas when in L.A. but finding one you’re going to keep going back to is another question. La Flor De Michoacan is the ice cream shop that you’re going to wanna tell your friends about. Their specialty is the Kiwi Strawberry paleta and their chocolate dipped paleta with almonds. This hole in a wall is located in Huntington Park and is worth the visit if you want to taste a huge choice selection of paleta flavors.  

14. Paleteria Michoacana

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Paleteria Michoacana is a Mexican’s ice cream dream with its selection of paletas and raspado flavors you might not find anywhere else. Located in Westlake, this ice cream shop has you covered from juices to elotes and everything in between. Check out the chicle raspado, according to many reviews it’s one of their best sellers.

Read: These Are Some Of The Most Outrageous Ice Cream And Sorbet Flavors From Mexico

15. Peddlers Creamery

Waffle Nacho Sundae anyone? Yes you read that right and it looks as delicious as it sounds. Say hello to Peddlers Creamery. an ice cream shop on literal wheels that moves around downtown Los Angeles. Their nacho sundae is one of their most famous items along with their ice cream pie bars. 

16. Pazzo Gelato

Gelato is like the brother of ice cream but still deserves all the love. At Pazzo Gelato, located in Silver Lake, finding new ways to deliver gelato is their mission. Whether its using the waffle cone as a spoon or even whipping up an ounce of bagel gelato. Yes, there is a such thing as bagel gelato.

Read: 19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

17. Raspados Nayarit

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Paletas dipped in a mangonadas is the perfect marriage and this little gem located in East L.A. hits all of the right notes with this treat. Raspados Nayarit is a hole in the wall shop that any local or visitor in L.A. can appreciate. It’s diablito selection is one of the best on the eastside of Los Angeles with a good selection of paletas to go along.

18. Paleteria La Reyna De Michoacan

The Pico Rivera area in L.A. is filled with countless ice cream shops but few stand out like La Reyna De Michoacan. Their chocolate dipped paleta with almonds is their specialty and with an array of flavors this shop is a must for all ice cream lovers.

19. Helados La Michoacana

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If you’re a fan of fruit in paletas filled with fruit than Helados La Michoacana is your spot. Located in San Bernardino, this fruity and delicious hole in the wall is the perfect compliment to a hot summer day.

20. Churrito Loco

Churrito Loco is in category of its own thanks in part to its creativity and food nostalgia overload. I present to you the Mazapan ice cream with a churro cone that can make any Latino want to get in the car and head to this little gem. The Moreno Valley ice cream shop should be on your to-do list this summer thanks in part to it’s churro cone and its array of Mexican candy toppings.


READ: These Are Some Of The Most Outrageous Ice Cream And Sorbet Flavors From Mexico

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From Sage To Bell Peppers, Here Are Some Of The Most Interest Margarita Recipes On The Internet

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From Sage To Bell Peppers, Here Are Some Of The Most Interest Margarita Recipes On The Internet

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Tequila is probably one of the most popular Mexican inventions and exports, likely only behind colored television. That’s right. A Mexican invented colored TV. While it is necessary to drink responsibly and not act a fool with liquor, it is nice to learn new ways to enjoy one of the most classic cocktails, the margarita. Most of these are just perfect for Instagram and, let’s face it, that’s what half of this world is about.

Platinum Margarita

CREDIT: “patron cocktail” Digital Image. Marie Claire. 23 July 2018.

Key Ingredient: Patrón.

Just toss a shot of Patrón, an oz of Dolin, a dash of Rose Water, squeeze of Lime Juice and dash of agave syrup in a cocktail glass and stir. For the silver color, you add a spoonful of edible platinum and a pinch of xanthum gum and stir for a few seconds.

Creamy Margarita Popsicles

CREDIT: “Margarita Popsicles (with Tequila)” Digital Image. Host The Toast. 23 July 2018.

Get yourself a can of condensed milk, 12 dixie cups, limes y, claro que sí, tequila (1/4 c).

Pour the mixture in dixie cups and stick a popsicle through a slice of lime to top it off. The key is keep to the recipe or else the popsicle won’t freeze (so don’t think you can top more tequila off in this without ruining the popsicle).

Purple Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas

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This list will be full of margaritas, but they will all be purty pretty. Eso es hecho de jalepeño infused tequila, cointreau, lime juice, pineapple juice, and butterfly pea tea for the purple color.

Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

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True story: every summer party mandates these super simple popsicles to instantly break the ice between new friends. There’s no secret to this one because the grenadine is denser than the pineapple and tequila so it sinks straight to the bottom.

Just blend 2 cups pineapple juice with a pound of fresh pineapple and 3/4 cup tequila. Fill up the popsicle wells 3/4 the way up and then top off with grenadine.

Blackberry Sage Tequila

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You don’t need much for this one, and it’ll earn you brownie points with whoever you present it to. Just mush a few blackberries, 8 sage leaves and two sugar cubes together. Add a shot of tequila and top it off with grapefruit juice.

Strawberry Sriracha Margarita

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Call this an Asian fusion recipe. Make your strawberry margarita as usual (with cointreau, ice, tequila, fresh strawberries and agave nectar) and just add a half teaspoon of Sriracha. This one is going to need a sugar rim to balance the spice. Serve up and marinate in the glory.

Red Chile Margarita

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You don’t need Sriracha to spice up a margarita. Instead, scoop out the seeds of a habanero pepper and place just three slices in each glass of your favorite recipe. Shake and let it marinate for a few minutes before serving. Beware: it gets spicier the longer it sits. 🔥

Pomegranate Margarita

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You can spice up any plain old tequila and sparkling water combo with a splash of pomegranate juice and a vanilla flake salt rim. You read that right.

Rosemary Margarita

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This recipe requires a stove, but it’s worth it. You’ll have boil a cup of sugar, a cup of water, and six rosemary sprigs until the sugar is dissolved. Just add the strained syrup, a shot of tequila, a splash of lemon juice and a splash of pear puree and club soda.

Teq-Kiwi

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Get ready for this strange mix: kiwi and dill. Muddle up half a kiwi (you can keep the skins on), and two sprigs of dill. Toss in 1.5 parts tequila, 3/4 part lemon juice and 1/2 part simple syrup.

For the rim, go for a black salt and black pepper mix. Black salt is typically sourced from Hawaii where the salt is more sulfuric from volcanic activity and it has a distinct flavor. So far, this one wins for me. 🤤

Sour Apple Margarita

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We are so much better than the apple syrups they give you at the bar. You can make this with or without a jalepeño simple syrup (which is basically just sugar, water and jalepeño simmered until the sugar disappears).

Shake the syrup, a cup of sour green apple juice, a few limes’ juice and 3/4 cup tequila with triple sec and ice and pour into your salted rim glasses.

The Salty Miami

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Todos somos “The Salty Miami.” This is how Latinos colonize Britain by replacing the gin in a Pimm’s with tequila. DUHHHH.

Spicy Tamarindo y Tequila Cocktail

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To be honest, I’ve only ever eaten tamarindo candy but I’ve never touched the raw fruit. Live life on the wild side by sauteeing and pureeing your own tamarind puree to add to your classic margarita.

This is what you make to win your mom back after leaving a single sock on her floor.

The Classy Tequila Shot 🥂

CREDIT: “Champagne Margaritas 4” Digital Image. Gimme Some Oven. 23 July 2018.

In fancy company? Just add a spritz of champagne to any shot of tequila you’re about to take and be sure to keep your pinky out.

Spicy Tomato

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OK, Michelle Obama level classiness demands dill infused tequila. Yup, just let some dill sprigs soak with your tequila for a bit before adding it to your orange liqueur, thai chili and hibiscus margarita. 🥃

BBQ Cocktail

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Yes, that is a slice of bacon used for garnish. You’re going to want to roast some tomatoes in liquid smoke along with your favorite spices to get this thick cocktail. It’ll taste like a meal replacement.

The New Classic Margarita

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This is your new baseline:

1½ oz Tequila
¾ oz Dry Curaçao
¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ oz Agave Nectar

The Marble Queen

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Town and Country Mag. 23 July 2018.

This beauty is made of a shot of tequila, an ounce of Coco Lopez cream of coconut and a squeeze of lime juice. Oh, and you better spice that rim. It’s too much sweetness for one person.

Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita

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Remember your base line? Line the rim of your glasses with lime and chile lime salt before topping off your classic margarita with watermelon juice and maybe a little jalapeño syrup.

Bodak Yellow Cocktail with Bell Pepper & Lime

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Buzzfeed. 23 July 2018.

You’ll actually need gloves for this one. The key is to scoop the jalepeños’ innards, seeds and all, into a bowl and pour about three shots of tequila and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Then, juice some pineapple and yellow bell peppers, mix and sip, mix and sip.

The Magui Cactus

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Town and Country Mag. 23 July 2018.

Fácil: Mix mint leaves, a shot of lime juice, Xtanbentum anise, simple syrup, tequila and cactus puree and enjoy.

Literally anything from Tequila, México. 🇲🇽

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Because that’s where this wonderful liquid of the gods came from. Indigenous people would distill and ferment the syrup of the Blue Agave Plant back in the 1600’s. Today, more than 300 million blue agave plants are harvested from the region each year.

Como siempre, tequila is also best enjoyed straight with salt and lime. Happy National Tequila Day! 🇲🇽


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