20 Ice Cream Recipes to Beat the Heat this Summer

It's time to break out the ice cream maker—and if you don't have one, here are 18 reasons to change your mind

With the arrival fair weather comes the perfect opportunity to sip, slurp, and scoop our favorite frozen treats. That means picnic-ready smoothies and milkshakes, paletas and popsicles at the park, and of course, who could forget ice cream? And while we at SAVEUR have some go-to pints we love to pick up from the grocery store, nothing beats making your own ice cream from scratch.

If you’re up to the task, you’ve got to first arm yourself with the necessary ice cream tools—and yes, this includes an ice cream maker. Don’t be afraid to get experimental: you are a flavor master in the making. “Beach body” be damned—here are our 20 favorite ice cream recipes to make in the summer.

Raspberry Ice Cream

Raspberry Ice Cream

No-Cook Saffron-Orange Ice Cream

No-Cook Saffron-Orange Ice Cream

Irish Brown Bread Ice Cream with Butterscotch Sauce

Get the recipe for Irish Brown Bread Ice Cream with Butterscotch Sauce »

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Sweet, pale orange ice cream flavored with ripe, juicy peaches simply screams summer. Get the recipe for Peach Ice Cream »

“Cheater” Soft Serve Ice Cream

Making actual soft serve at home is nearly impossible—here’s the best way to hack it. Get the recipe for “Cheater” Soft Serve Ice Cream »

Sour Cream Ice Cream with Strawberries and Brown Sugar

Sour Cream Ice Cream with Strawberries and Brown Sugar

Nutmeg Ice Cream

Serve this spiced ice cream on its own or scooped on top of warm fruit crisps, cobblers, or pies. Get the recipe for Nutmeg Ice Cream »

Bored With Ordinary Vanilla? Give Pistachio Gelato a Shot

Pistachio Gelato

Vanilla Ice Cream

This basic ice cream recipe from pastry chef Tracy Obolsky of North End Grill is endlessly customizable; turn it into anything from chocolate to rum-raisin to pistachio. Get the recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream »

Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This vegan ice cream from Brooklyn’s Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream takes a classic flavor combination, peanut butter and chocolate, and uses cashew milk to make for an extra rich ice cream. Get the recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream »

Chocolate Sorbet

Chocolate Sorbet

Mascarpone Ice Cream with Apricots, Raspberries, and Honey Granola

Ice cream so easy you don’t even need to cook it. Get the recipe for Mascarpone Ice Cream with Apricots, Raspberries, and Honey Granola »

Sea Salt Ice Cream

If you’re tired of wintery cakes and cookies by March, it might be time to break out the ice cream.

Cinnamon-Sugar Ice Cream

Buttery cinnamon-sugar crumbles swirled into a creamy base are reminiscent of cinnamon toast. Get the recipe for Cinnamon-Sugar Ice Cream »

Steep it for Killer Custard and Ice Cream

Often used in southeast Asian curries and Indian rice dishes, pandan leaf lends a subtly exotic savory note to this coconut ice cream.

Paw Paw Ice Cream

This custardy ice cream gets its tropical flavor from paw paws, a musky-sweet fruit native to the American Midwest that tastes somewhere between a banana and a mango, with a plush, creamy texture. Get the recipe for Paw Paw Ice Cream »

Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

Sweetened condensed milk and a touch of spice set this caffeinated treat apart from other coffee ice creams. Get the recipe for Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream »

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream

A creamy peanut butter swirl suspended in strawberry- and jam-enriched ice cream turns the classic Smucker’s Goober–peanut butter and jelly, all in one jar–on its head. Get the recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream »

Sicilian Vanilla Gelato

The use of cornstarch in this simple gelato base results in a silky-smooth texture. Get the recipe for Sicilian Vanilla Gelato »

Rum Raisin Ice Cream

The combination of rum and raisins has long elevated all kinds of desserts, but when applied to a vanilla custard base, the flavors truly shine: a concentrated burst of dried fruit cut by the boozy kick of rum, all cushioned by creamy dairy. Get the recipe for Rum Raisin Ice Cream »

Bourbon-Butterscotch Ice Cream

This grown up frozen treat pairs bourbon-laced custard with pockets of dense butterscotch. Get the recipe for Bourbon-Butterscotch Ice Cream »