Ever have one of those days when you need a little pick-me-up to get out of a rut? I had one of those days yesterday and found myself at Mystic Ice Cream in Fruitland Park on the spur of the moment. And let me tell you if you haven’t been there yet…what are you waiting for?!
The minute I pulled up I could tell this place was different. This is not your typical ice cream parlor. Maybe it was the psychedelic tie-dye food truck parked outside, and it was definitely the cool vibes when you walk in the door. Miss Loretta greeted me at the door and was so kind and gracious to enlighten me on the various flavors. I was in awe. Alcohol in ice cream? Whaaat??
Mystic Ice Cream is all about the made-from-scratch, on the premises, adult frozen desserts. These alcohol-based ice creams are amazing! Anything from Mystic Slide, Kahlua Fudge Brownie, Pina Colada, to Margarita, White Russian, Grasshopper and more. When I stopped I enjoyed a cup of Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream which is made with vanilla ice cream, Fireball Whiskey and Rumchata. I was still tasting that cinnamon an hour later. Not into cocktails? Don’t worry, they have non-alcohol flavors as well. I bet my mom will like their Caramel Praline, Olde Time Vanilla, Red Velvet Cake or Butter Pecan. They have 30 flavors to choose from.
Vinyl records, vintage album covers, and eclectic knick knacks galore adorn the walls and tables. There are no two tables the same. There is not a traditional, boring ice cream freezer counter either. Sit down and chill out with your favorite flavor. And if you’re as lucky as I was, you can chat with the owner, Darrell Day. Darrell’s wit is quick, so you better pay attention. We chatted about how his wife, Lisa makes all the ice cream herself, and we found a common connection from Northeast Ohio (where I’m from). Did you know he’s a trained musician and has quite the background in opera and composition? He doesn’t really get a chance to grace his customers with opera, so instead he hosts Karaoke two nights a week.
Another unique aspect of Mystic Ice Cream is their fun nightly entertainment. Monday Funday, Tuesday Karaoke, Wednesday is Name That Tune, Thursday is Trivia, Friday is more Karaoke, Saturday is Game Show and Sundays feature occasional live music. The vibes are cool and remind me of a local spot back home where you can let your hair down and just have a great time with friends. I can’t wait to bring my crew back for some fun!
Mystic Ice Cream has three locations in our area: 1217 W. Miller Blvd., Fruitland Park; 314 W. Main St., Leesburg; and 38 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis. Hours at all three stores are Sunday – Saturday 1:00pm – 9:00pm. And they can bring their delectable treats to your event in their tie-dyed food truck – check their website for the Magical Mystic Ice Cream Truck schedule.
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