The heat of summer has arrived with a vengeance, but don't let it drive you indoors! Own the summer with some of our favorite cold indulgences available in the Madison area.

We polled the Wisconsin State Journal newsroom staff for their favorite edibles and drinkables for hot days in the city. The result is this unscientific, highly biased and totally delicious list of summer delights.

Whether you like your cooling comforts sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic, we've got something for you to try.

Did we miss something? Of course we did! Email us and maybe we'll add your suggestion to the list.

Nick Heynen is the online editor for the Wisconsin State Journal and manages the newspaper's social media accounts. A Maryland native transplanted to Wisconsin, he joined the paper in 2007 as data reporter.

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