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Get Your Summertime Chill Fill in Marana

Marana's summertime beverage oases in the desert continue to expand the options for hiding from the sun.

To the veterans of this sizzling season, summer means pool parties, baseball season, and trips up Mt. Lemmon. And you know what all these activities have in common? They’re all improved exponentially by a scoop of ice cream and a cup of iced coffee. Fortunately for you, Marana is just the spot to get your summertime chill fill.

The Screamery

The Screamery is Southern Arizona’s newest, hottest (coldest?) ice cream destination. Their Marana location is their fourth and final store in the region, and what can we say? They’ve saved the best for last.

Kenny and Linda Sarnoski founded The Screamery based on a dietary effort that the couple had embarked on. They wanted to eat only natural, wholesome ingredients, but like anyone with taste buds, they couldn’t live without their ice cream. When they went to look for ice cream made only with those ingredients, though, they could find nary a one. So they did what any sane, reasonable person would do. They started their own ice cream empire based upon the most delicious ice cream around, they’ve done it without a single artificial flavor, and not a single ounce of high fructose corn syrup.

They pasteurize their own milk, infusing natural ingredients along the way to produce taste bud-popping flavors. Try out their Orange Screamsicle, and you’ll experience the sweet, tangy citrus of real oranges churned into a sweet cream base.

For a salty/sweet experience, try Rough at Sea. In our landlocked state, it can be nice to have a small taste of the wide open ocean, and this treat, with its sea salt base, provides just the thing. Mixed in are candied pecans, almonds, pistachios, and a honey swirl, lending this crowd-pleaser an airy, Mediterranean quality. And by the way, if you’re wondering exactly how The Screamery infused the Rough at Sea with its mellifluous honey, look no further than the community that surrounds you. Marana’s own Bee Bustin’ is home to the creatures responsible for this delicacy, and to us, they’ll always be hometown heroes. Tucson Foodie just called out another favorite flavor here.

If you’re looking for something with a dash of the Old West, try the Cowboy Cookie. This flavor explosion includes oatmeal cookies, walnut, and chocolate chips, all stirred into their signature sweet cream base.

In many ways, The Screamery’s early success relies not on reinventing the ice cream wheel, but rather on perfecting the flavors of our childhood memories. That simplicity goes right through everything they do, from the cones they make from scratch to the flavors coaxed out of traditional ingredients that weren’t concocted in a chemistry lab. Take a bite and embrace the old school.

Godiva Ice Cream at Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center

Did you know that Godiva Chocolatier also offers ice cream and milkshakes? Oh yes. Waffle cone, dipped or not, and thick, decadent milkshakes. You can drink your Godiva chocolate all summer.

 

Cayton’s Burger Bistro at the Dove Mountain Golf Club

It’s scientifically proven that liquids don’t contain calories.* Therefore, for all you dieters with a sweet tooth, head on up to Cayton’s Burger Bistro, located at the Dove Mountain Golf Club. After a vigorous afternoon on the links, treat yourself to a refreshing milkshake as you relax on their shaded, misted patio. There are few views, and absolutely no milkshakes, better than Cayton’s.

As you study your options, your first choice is between traditional milkshakes with all your favorite flavors, and Cayton’s signature adult milkshakes, with all those same flavors, and a little sumthin sumthin to add an extra kick.

On the classic side, we’ve got the Black/White Cookie, a delicious mixture of vanilla ice cream and Oreo cookies. If you’re feeling more adventurous, like the heat is starting to melt away your inhibitions, try to the Malted Madness, a jumble of malted milk balls and chocolate ice cream. Still not there yet? Try adding a bit of color to your shake with the Antioxidant, a swirl of strawberries, bananas, and unadulterated joy.

Is your inner child also an inner rebel? Hope that kid inside has a fake, because they’re going to love Cayton’s adult milkshakes. Take the Tequila Sunset, for example. This bounteous dessert mixes tequila, grenadine, and orange ice cream into the colors of the perfect Arizona sunset. Don’t believe us? Hold it up to the horizon and watch as the Marana sun drops behind the Silver Bell Mountains.  Have a couple more of these and you’ll really start to see what we mean.

If tequila’s not your poison, not to worry. Cayton’s also offers a White Russian, complete with vanilla ice cream and vodka. While they’d prefer if you not order it while wearing a bath robe, they’ll understand the impulse. As you sip this delightful concoction, we’ll know that you’ll always be the Dude at heart.

Finally, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a digestif after dinner. That’s why Cayton’s is ready with a Nightcap milkshake, blending kahlua and coffee ice cream. Espresso is great when the overnight low is below 80, but tonight, you need something a bit chillier. 

Crema Coffee

We're excited to have the brand new Crema Coffee to fill a niche: highly focused offerings for the highly discerning coffee drinker. Crema isn't a roaster, but its coffee reminds us vaguely of Stumptown. It's that good. Easy to find next door to Bookman's on Ina Road, Crema Coffee offers excellent coffee, tea, and pastries. Open early enough (5:00 a.m., Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri., Sat.) that you can enjoy a perfect hot latte or Cortado even in the heat of summer. No sweat: you can also enjoy a cold coffee brew or pour over. 

Locally-owned by a wife and husband team, they put their hearts into coffee culture, because they understand it's much more than fuel.

Savaya Coffee Market

Are you looking for the perfect summer refreshment, but without the sugar explosion? Look no further than Savaya Coffee Market, an upscale coffeehouse that’s perfected the art of cold brew coffee. Their science drip is brewed slowly and carefully, removing the acidity that is typical of cold coffees. The result is a smooth, rich iced coffee, and really, there’s no better way to start a warm summer morning than with a cup of this perfectly crafted creation.

If a plain coffee isn’t your cup of tea (or coffee), not to worry. Savaya also offers a number of iced lattes that pair perfectly with a healthy dose of sunshine. Try their iced chai, a drink that deliciously infuses the classic yet complex flavors of cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.

As you’re imbibing Savaya’s incredible coffee, you might wonder, how did they get so good at this? Well, practice, that’s how. This unassuming shop was started by a family that’s had a few years’ experience with coffee. And by a few, we mean, of course, 466 years. Owner Burc Maruflu hails from a family that’s been growing, roasting, and brewing fine coffees for centuries.

Fortunately for all of us, you can see that experience in each of Savaya’s four locations. At any given time, there are 15-30 kinds of coffee available, and all of them are brewed from fair trade, shade grown, premium Arabica beans. The results of this careful effort are apparent in every cup. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional hot coffee (in this heat, that’s insane, but you do you) or one of their exquisitely crafted science brews, every drop is a testament to the care Burc has put into his business.

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius at Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center

There are Dairy Queens across Pima County, but there is only one Dairy Queen/Orange Julius and it's at the Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center. Whether or not you grew up with Orange Julius at your local mall (and if you did, you are probably from California), you really ought to try the eponymous frothy orange creamsicle drink. It has been around longer than shopping malls but is a uniquely qualified type of mall libation. Thicker than juice but much lighter than a smoothie, Orange Juliuses are just right for cooling down when you're shopping. Orange Julius started 92 years ago in Los Angeles as a juice stand and was the official drink of the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Let Orange Julius be your official drink this summer!

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*This is not a scientifically proven fact. 

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