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Tucson Lifestyle Magazine July 2012

Cool Down!

Saraah Burton

It’s no secret that the Old Pueblo heats up in the summer months. But don’t fret! There is hope — sweet hope — beyond cranking up the air conditioning and staying within close proximity of a swimming pool. Whether a fan of a classic vanilla cone, bold ingredients, or a penchant for bright fresh fruit flavors, let this be your local guide for delectable ways to cool down this season.

South-of-the-border style: Sonoran Sno Cones One of the best parts of Tucson’s proximity to Mexico is the influence and presence of Mexican culinary traditions in our region. And a true Tucson or Arizona experience is not complete without enjoying a raspado at one of the many stands or shops in town.

This perfect-for-summer treat is similar to a snow cone, but the best raspados are made using real fruit kept ice cold in syrup made from real juice, and poured over shaved or crushed ice in a tall cup. Classic and common additions are a drizzle of condensed milk over the whole thing for extra creaminess and sweetness — or if you’re really serious about cooling off — a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream layered in between the ice and fruit.

At Sonoran Sno Cones inside the Mercado San Agustín, it’s not uncommon for there to be a line of folks from afternoon until closing, all gazing up at the menu board to decide which flavor best suits their mood. The most popular flavors are strawberry, tamarind, pineapple and mango, but feel free to mix and match. Another refreshing option is pico de gallo — cold slices of pineapple, orange, cucumber, mango, honeydew, cantaloupe, coconut, and jicama (depending on what’s seasonal) drizzled with healthy squeezes of fresh lime juice, and a sprinkling of chile powder and salt to your taste. TL

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