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Eating ice cream on a hot summer day is one of the simplest pleasures in life. For those 21 and older, adding a little bit of booze might make it even better.

The big picture: Several startup companies across the country are infusing alcohol into delicious frozen desserts, creating one of this summer's hottest trends, Bloomberg reports

  • Some states, including New York and California, allow alcoholic ice cream to reach 5% alcohol by volume (ABV) — the same alcohol percentage as a White Claw Hard Seltzer and a Truly Hard Seltzer.

The intrigue: Alcohol freezes at a much colder temperature than water, giving ice cream a much softer consistency — you do not have to wait to eat it after taking it out of the freezer.

By the numbers: The total revenue for alcohol-infused ice cream is expected to reach more than $450 million by 2025, after it exceeded $335 million in 2019, per Bloomberg.

In New York, Tipsy Scoop — which entered the international ice cream market, valued at $65.8 billion in 2020, a few years back — requires that customers verify that they are 21 or older to try their flavors, such as Cake Batter vodka Martini and Tequila "Hot" Chocolate Ice Cream.

  • Founder Melissa Tavss told Bloomberg that her customer base is comprised of largely "the 30-ish crowd," adults in search of a light buzz.

Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery in Missouri offers ice cream flavors that can reach 18% alcohol by weight, according to Bloomberg.

  • "Too little alcohol — what’s the point?," CEO Tamara Keefe told Bloomberg.

As alcohol-infused desserts continue to gain popularity, alcohol companies have started to venture into the business.

  • The makers of Truly Hard Seltzer created Truly Lemonade Freeze Pops, which contain 5% ABV. Flavors range from regular lemonade to strawberry and mango lemonade.

Together, they work better: Some ice cream companies have started working along alcohol brands in order to offer frozen boozy desserts.

  • OddFellows Ice Cream Co. — known for its unique creations — partnered with six bars to create "The Boozy Capsule" collection, six ice cream flavors inspired by cocktails.
  • Ice cream maker Salt & Straw, based in Oregon, created the Cold Ones Pack, which includes several ice cream pints flavored by local breweries. The company's products reach an ABV of 0.5%.
    • In 2016, the company partnered with Aviation American Gin — owned partly by actor Ryan Reynolds — to make a gin-and-tonic ice cream.

Of note: Will Rogers, owner of the company Below Zero, created a special ice cream dispenser that allows you to turn alcoholic beverages into ice cream cones, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The bottom line: Don't choose between treating yourself or getting tipsy, get "chocolate wasted" this summer.

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A fried chicken sandwich from Angry Goldfish in Des Moines. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Whether you're a lifelong Des Moines resident or a traveler stopping by, there are culinary treasures to discover across the metro's local restaurants.

The state of play: It's easy to poke fun at the "meat and mashed potatoes" of the Midwest (which, honestly, can be quite tasty) — but, don't discount our town's James Beard award-winning chefs, diverse array of immigrant-owned restaurants and just plain creative creations.

Brazil's health minister tests positive for COVID during UN summit in N.Y.

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga in Brasilia, Brazil, in May. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queirog has tested positive for COVID-19 while in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), he confirmed Tuesday night.

Why it matters: Hours earlier, Queirog had accompanied Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the UNGA. The Biden administration expressed concern last week that the gathering of world leaders could become a coronavirus "superspreader event."

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Trump sues New York Times and his niece over tax report

Former President Trump hosting a boxing match in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 11. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's 2018 reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The suit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges NYT journalists "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that they "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."