A lovely refuge from the awful heat and humidity at this time of year is our "kakigori" (scraped ice) machine:
Basically, you stick some ice cubes in the top, turn the handle and out comes a kind of eatable ice. If you have it straight away, it is white and fluffy. I add a lemon cordial. It tastes like a very light sorbet. A. has condensed milk on hers which I put down to heat induced delirium.