Summer is definitely here. While a crisp, cold white or fruity chilled rose is a fine choice there's something about summer that begs for a slushy, frozen cocktail. Margaritas are great but have you ever wondered what else is out there? Lucky for you, we've got a roundup of our favorite frozen cocktails you can make right in your kitchen.
Frozen Drink Recipes For Summer 2017
Food & Wine nailed it when predicting that rum would be the alcohol trend for 2017. Rum is perfect for summer drinks, so you'll notice we have quite a few rum based cocktails to share. But don't worry, the list includes your other favorites.
Twists On Classics
You may picture daquiris, coladas and margaritas when you think of frozen summer cocktails, but if that's not your jam it's okay. Here are some classics that have been slushed up to transition perfectly into summer.
Frozen Bloody Mary
Cookie + kate gets a lot of things right. But what we're happiest about is their recipe for a Frozen Bloody Mary. You can get the background and hangover benefits from their post, or just dive right into the recipe. Recipe is for ONE cocktail.
1 vine-ripened tomato
½ cup tomato juice
2 oz vodka
½ lime, juiced
1 tspn. Worcestershire
½ tspn. Horseradish
½ teaspoon celery salt
Freshly ground pepper
Cucumber quarters, lime wedge, green olives (optional garni)
Worcestershire sauce is not vegetarian/vegan unless specifically labeled as such. It contains anchovies so keep a spare bottle of allergen/animal free (we recommend Annie’s) on hand in case you have guests who cannot eat the regular kind.
Celery salt can be expensive but you can make your own. Just mix equal parts celery seeds and sea salt.
This drink is a little salty. Consider salting the rims with celery seeds and black pepper or just black pepper if you find the salt is too much.
Those pitchers of wine and fruit certainly are beautiful but wait until you see the frozen version. Diets in review has a diet friendly (in moderation) version that is amazing. Here's how to mix up a batch of berry goodness. Recipe yields 8-10 servings.
2 pints Talenti Sorbetto in Blood Orange and Roman Raspberry
½ lime, juiced
½ dry red wine
¼ cup mixed berries
Have extra wine and sorbet on hand. Besides the fact that no kitchen is complete without these things you’ll want to add more wine if your drinks come out too thick and more sorbetto if they are too thin.
Serve in mason jars or stemless wine glasses. This drink is too pretty to be hidden.
Can’t finish or want one when no one is around to share? This drink freezes perfectly for later.
Boozy Strawberry Lemonade Slushies
Strawberries are delicious. Lemonade is refreshing on a hot summer day. Strawberry lemonade is on every menu for a reason. But with alcohol and in slushy form? Yeah. Count us in, too. This cocktail from Kitchen Treaty means you are never more than ten minutes away from 6-8 servings of deliciousness.
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water; 2 cups water
3 cups fresh, hulled strawberries
¾ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (6-8 large lemons)
¾ cup vodka
⅓ cup Cointreau
Strawberries and lemon slices (optional garni)
Simple but perfect. If you like snowcones, Slurpees or Slush Puppies and also like wine this is going to be your go to drink this summer. One recipe yields about 4 servings.
1 bottle white Zinfandel
1 cup frozen mixed berries (see notes)
Experiment. You can play around with all kinds of wine/fruit combos for this. Pineapple Viognier, anyone?
- Be careful. Many recipes for wine slushies call this recipe two servings. That’s half a bottle of wine. Enjoying it through a straw? Yeah… go slowly and split with a friend.
Not So Hot
Spiked coffee and hot chocolates make winter far more bearable. Hot drinks on a hot day are often less enjoyable because you're already warm. But then some genius came up with the idea of spiking coffee and hot chocolate and freezing these traditionally hot drinks. We're not sure who it was, but we raise our glasses to you!
Frozen Butter Beer
Whether or not you're a Harry Potter fan you'll love this sweet, dessert-like frozen take on every wizard's favorite warmup. Find your Ron and brew up a batch of this recipe for two.
1 ½ cups cream soda
7 tbspn butterscotch schnapps, divided
2 cups ice
6 tbspn heavy cream
- You can hand whisk the topping. But unless you have a magic wand, it's going to take a while.
- Make it kid-friendly! Just replace schnapps with about 1/2 the amount of butterscotch syrup (or flavor to taste)
The Chilly Irishman
There's this bartender in San Francisco, not far from Fisherman's Wharf, who is known for pouring Irish Coffees. And that used to be our only Irish Coffee. But San Francisco is far and it's hot out. So let us introduce you to our side guy: this frozen version.
2 cups ice
4 oz cold espresso
2 oz Kahlua
1.5 oz Irish Whiskey
Cocoa nibs/shaved chocolate (optional garni)
Say Okay to Ole
Hot chocolate is awesome. It's rich, chocolaty warm goodness. What's even better, though, is when you throw in some tequila and chill it out a little.
1 oz chocolate, chopped (plus additional for garnish)
2 tbspn dark cocoa powder
2 tbspn sugar
½ cup heavy cream (plus additional for garnish)
1 ½ cups whole milk
¾ tspn cinnamon
⅛ tspn cayenne pepper
1-3 tblsps tequila
2 cups ice cubes
This one is a little more work. That said: it’s totally worth it.
Safety first. While gorgeous in the pictures, we discourage the use of metal straws. Especially when alcohol is involved.
- Go wild. You can have all kinds of fun with garnishing and even changing up the flavor of this one. Coconut on the rim? A cute cinnamon stick? Have fun! Also, if spicy isn’t your thing skip the cinnamon and cayenne and try mint or even berry additions!
While we've been having fun with the crazy frozen drinks that are out there, there's something to be said for more traditional drinks and those that just scream summer. Here are some not as clever, but just as delicious winter cocktails. And, we didn't mention it but... every drink on this list is Insta-worthy.
Halekulani Melon Daiquiri
Melon doesn't get enough love in cocktails. Move over, strawberries, we're going full hang ten with this one. Speaking of one: this recipe is for one of these drinks, which you can find at Lewers Lounge in Honolulu.
1 ½ oz amber rum
¼ cantaloupe peeled, seeded and cut into cubes, plus 1 cantaloupe wedge
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
Dash of orange bitters
6 oz crushed ice
1 mint sprig
- Perfect for parties. This is an easy to make, quick drink that can easily be scaled up and poured for parties. Don't let the one serving size recipe fool you!
Peach & Honey Sangria Slushies
This simple slushy from Snappy Gournet is easy to make but it would be hard to imitate. The ingredients blend in unexpected ways yielding a sort of savory, super refreshing cold cocktail that looks gorgeous in a glass.
1 cup COLD white wine
2 tbspns each orange and peach liquer
1 tbspn fresh oj
1 tbspn fresh lime juice
1 tbspn honey
2 cups frozen peaches
Lime and/or orange slices (optional garnish)
- Store bought is fine. Seriously, don't let Ina guilt you into believing it's not. Sure, this cocktail will taste fresher and more natural with fresh juices but, and we mean this, store bought is fine.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Daiquiri
This pretty and delicious drink from Slim Pickin's Kitchen is perfect for parties. There's a few steps but the pictures and compliments are totally worth it.
1 cup freshly frozen pineapple chunks
2 large fresh strawberries, hulled
2 splashes naturally sweetened pineapple-coconut or cocout sparkling water
2 handfuls crused ice cubes
1 oz whipped cream vodka
½ oz pineapple rum
Frozen Coconut Banana Daiquiris
When you and your bestie or love can't escape to the beach this recipe for two from Heather Christo will help ease the pain.
½ cup coconut milk
4 oz rum
2 tablespoons oj
⅔ cup ice
Shredded coconut (optional garnish)
The Sparkling Pearl Tropical Cocktail
Purple is in. Sparkles never went out. And nothing beats a drink that looks like something a unicorn would serve you. This cocktail is definitely one for Instagram.
⅔ cup coconut flakes, extra for garnish
4 tbspns (2 oz) royal blue or purple sprinkles
2 oz creme de caco
2 oz white rum
2 oz dark rum
2 oz overproof rum
½ cup (4 oz) coconut milk, extra for garnish
5-6 cups ice
Sugar pearls for garnish (required!)
- Some ingredients may be hard to find. Believe it or not: the local craft store is your best bet for sprinkles and sugar pearls. And if you can't find the overproof rum (which will not be at your local craft store) you can just skip it. Don't skip the other stuff, though!
- Toasting coconut requires vigilence. As soon as you see the color start to turn pull it out of the oven and get it out of the sheet. Otherwise it may overcook.
The Best For Last
Easy to make, the hardest part is the wait. Take a trip back to childhood with these wine slushie pops from Just Putzing Around The Kitchen.
1 bottle moscato
2 cups frozen, mixed berries
2 cups frozen peaches
- Store separately. If you have kids in the house and make them freezer pops, make sure that it is very clear that these are off limits.
- You can make them in the morning. Put together a batch in the morning if you're grilling for the neighbors. Or if you can tell you're going to need a wine slushie pop at the end of the day.
We Have Your Ingredients
Come on down to Jersey Wine & Spirits for advice, recipes and the ingredients you need to make awesome frozen cocktails. And don't forget to hit us up on social with your versions of these or any other frozen drinks using #jwsgetsfrosty