Summer Guide 2013: Ways to Cool Off in S.F.

Drink a La Paloma at Mosto

While there are several great versions of the classic Mexican Paloma, the version developed a few years ago by the talented Brooke Arthur is nearly perfect. It has El Jimador Blanco Tequila, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, grapefruit juice, and Jarritos Toronja soda, as well as a salty-sweet pink peppercorn rim that has you licking the glass and your lips. 741 Valencia, 626-1344.

Take the Ferry to Sausalito or Larkspur

We're still on a quest to make a friend with a sailboat, but until that glorious day arrives, we'll be taking the Golden Gate Ferry. Hop on at the Ferry Building and hop off at Sausalito for drinks and food at Fish, The Trident, or Bar Bocce, or continue onto Larkspur for a more complete daycation. Bonus: There's a bar on the boat.

Push the Boundaries of Frozen Desserts in the Sunset

Unlike Hawaiian- or Japanese-style shaved ice, which is crunchy and covered with sugary syrup, the Taiwanese snow ice at the Sunset shop 37 Degrees Dessert Cafe is preflavored, with a delicate texture that melts as soon as it hits your mouth — hence its nickname, "frozen cotton candy." 1155 Taraval, 566-3887.

Chug a New Orleans Iced Coffee at Blue Bottle

San Francisco has no shortage of great iced coffee, but the potent, chicory-laced New Orleans version at Blue Bottle is the one we consistently crave. The nose fills with aromas of chocolate and earth, and the chicory's bitter kick hits unexpected corners of the palate, softened by the slower-to-arrive wash of sugar and milk. Various locations,

Catch a Summer Flick at Kabuki Theater

Few things say "summer" more than spending a hot day in an air-conditioned theater watching a mindless Hollywood blockbuster. And this Sundance theater in Japantown is our favorite in town for its cushy seats, reserved seating, and bar that opens at 4 p.m. on weekends. Plus, you can bring booze — including whole bottles of wine and champagne — into 21+ shows. 1881 Post, 346-3243.

Take a Dip at the Dolphin Club

Swimming at Ocean Beach is a dangerous proposition, but when the salt water beckons, the Aquatic Park between the Marina and Fisherman's Wharf has a quarter-mile course in the relatively calmer waters of San Francisco Bay. Be warned: Average water temperatures in July and August hover just below 60 degrees. 502 Jefferson, 441-9329.

Head to the Top of Twin Peaks

Even when it's warm and sunny at the top of the second-highest points in San Francisco — never a guarantee, especially on the western slopes — the relentless wind will cool you off in no time. 501 Twin Peaks Blvd.

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