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In case you haven’t ventured out of your controlled climate cage cabin, it’s damn hot out there – and that’s just the beginning. We’ve introduced you to frozen summer cocktails before and now we’re venturing into foodie territory with frozen desserts that also contain ABV. There are fortified milkshakes, adult floats and even alcohol popsicles!

(courtesy GO Burger)

ADULT FLOAT FROM GO BURGER:It’s a completely natural extension to add real alcohol to something that already has the moniker “beer”, and that’s what they do in this UES burger joint with their Double Barrel Float ($12), a classic root beer vanilla ice cream amped up with the addition of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. If you’ve never developed a taste for root beer, try their Cuba Libre ($12) instead for size, made with Bacardi silver rum, cola, vanilla ice cream and lime.

GO Burger is located at 1448 2nd Avenue between 75th and 76th Streets, (212) 988-9822; website

(courtesy Ice Lab)

PROSECCO SORBETTO IL LABORATORIO DEL GELATO: A refreshing scoop of sorbet can soothe a sweltering summer afternoon, which must be why people flock to this LES “laboratory” in droves, where they whip up dozens of sorbetti and gelatos to cool off quickly. This season, it’s all about Ruffino’s new prosecco-infused clementine sorbetto, for a tangy, effervescent bite. The shop sells the sorbetto in 20-ounce containers ($10.50) and encourages floating mixology at home with your favorite sparkling wine.

il laboratorio del gelato is located at 188 Ludlow Street between Houston and Stanton streets, (212) 343-9922; website

SANDWICH WITH FERNET-BRANCA ICE CREAM PEARL & ASH: Small children would balk at the flavor of black licorice nothing, but adult palates may appreciate a little hint of anise, especially when wrapped in scrumptious ice cream and a chewy chocolate cookie. Hipster-approved fernet-branca infuses the sweet ice cream of this Nolita hotspot, giving this cold treat a respectable 4% ABV. The $6 creation doesn’t skimp on the nostalgia factor either; each sandwich comes in this thin paper wrapper, just like the non-alcoholic versions we inhaled as kids.

Pearl & Ash is located at 220 Bowery between Prince and Spring streets, (212) 837-2370; website

(courtesy JBird)

SPIKED ICE POPS JBIRD COCKTAILS: Tubes of fluorescent sugar water known as popsicles are injected with shots of alcohol at this Upper East Side cocktail bar and, best of all, you get one free with any drink order! Try a lime and gin for a lowbrow G&T facsimile; Strawberry Basil Vodka for a sweet and herbaceous blend; or blueberry with lemon vodka for a lemonade flavored treat. Regardless of flavor, a few of these bad boys will get drunkespecially if you chase them with one of the bars specialty cocktails.

JBird Cocktails is located at 339 E 75th Street between First and Second Avenues, (212) 288-8033; website

BOURBON ST. SHAKE OFF BROOKLYN BOWL: Long live the boozy milkshake and its ability to get you drunk and require a nap. Many booze-loving places that throw shakes might throw a shot and call it a day, but the folks at Blue Ribbon also add a decadent glob of Nutella to their spiked shake. Grab this vanilla-chocolate-nutty beauty for $8.50 or make it grown up with a shot of bourbon for $13.50.

Brooklyn Bowl is located at 61 Wythe Avenue between North 11th and North 12th streets, (718) 963-3369; website

(courtesy Del Frisco’s Grille)

ENHANCED MILKSHAKE FROM FRISCO LED GRID: Speaking of spiked milkshakes, you’ll find one on the menu at this Rockefeller Center spin-off from the steakhouse just down the street. The adult milkshake ($13) mixes vanilla ice cream with nut liqueur and chocolate cocoa cream for a nutty, chocolatey sip. You can get the shake for lunch or dinner or as part of their new Triple Treat, which includes a double cheeseburger and your choice of fries for $23.95 through August. If you find yourself at Double Eagle Steakhouseorder the secret off-menu “Del’s Delight” ($13), which is served in a very grown-up martini glass.

Del Frisco’s Grille is located at 50 Rockefeller Plaza, (212) 767-0371; website

HONORABLE MENTION: Baked Alaska DBGB Kitchen & Bar, where ice cream and cake and meringue are ignited with kirsch and a blowtorch. Not familiar with flaming action? Go ahead here.