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

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

Hot sauce

Freshly ground pepper

Cucumber quarters, lime wedge, green olives (optional garni)

  1. Cut tomato into 6-8 wedges, then halve each web across the middle. Freeze tomatoes and serving glasses for at least 4 hours.

  2. Puree all of the ingredients until slushy.

  3. Salt the rims of your glasses with celery salt and pepper.

  4. Pour into your chilled glasses.

  5. Garnish as desired

Notes:

  • 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.

Frozen Sangria

Frozen Sangria

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

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with berries.

Notes:

  • 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

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)

  1. Add sugar and 1 cup water to small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.

  2. Add remaining water.

  3. Transfer to blender, add strawberries, lemon juice, vodka, Cointreau. Puree until smooth.

  4. Pour into large freezer-safe container and seal with lid or plastic wrap. Freeze until solid, 4-6 hours.

  5. Remove from freezer, scrape with fork to loosen ice and then stir with a spoon to mix ice and other ingredients back together.

  6. Spoon into glasses and garnish with a strawberry and lemon slice if desired.

  7. Serve with a straw and a spoon.

 Wine Slushies

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)

  1. Puree wine and berries. Strain into a 9” pie plate.

  2. Freeze for 30 minutes, scrape with a fork. Repeat 3 times.

  3. Divide between 4 glasses.

  4. Allow to sit out at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

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

  1. Combine soda, 6 tbspns schnapps, and ice in a blender. Blend until slushy.

  2. Pour into serving glass.

  3. In a small bowl, combine heavy cream and remaining tblespn schnapps. Beat with electric mixer until almost whipped. The topping should be less firm than whipped cream.

  4. Top serving glasses with whipped topping and serve.

Notes:

  • 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

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)

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

  2. Pour into chilled rocks glasses and garnish.

Say Okay to Ole

Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate

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

  1. Mix first 7 ingredients (everything except the tequila and ice) in a saucepan over low heat until the chocolate, cocoa, and sugar have dissolved.

  2. Taste and adjust for more cinnamon/cayenne if desired.

  3. Remove from heat and cool.

  4. Chill until very cold.

  5. Blend ice cubes, chilled hot chocolate, and tequila until slushy.

  6. Pour into glasses and garnish.

Notes:

  • 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!

Whatnot

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.

Melon Daiquiri

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

  1. Puree all of the ingredients, except the cantaloupe wedge and mint sprig, in a blender.

  2. Pour into a short glass.

  3. Garnish with wedge and sprig.

Notes:

  • 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

Peach & Honey Sangria

 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)

  1. Place ingredients, in order, in blender. Process until smooth.

  2. Pour into glasses.

  3. Garnish.

Notes:

  • 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.

Store bought is fine.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Daiquiri

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

 

  1. Muddle strawberries with a spoon in the bottom of a glass.

  2. Blend remaining ingredients until smooth.

  3. Carefully pour the pineapple mixture over the strawberries

Frozen Coconut Banana Daiquiris

frozen banana coconut daiquiri

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.

1 banana

½ cup coconut milk

4 oz rum

2 tablespoons oj

⅔ cup ice

Shredded coconut (optional garnish)

 

  1. Puree all ingredients except garnish until smooth.

  2. Pour into chilled glasses.

 The Sparkling Pearl Tropical Cocktail

Sparkling Pearl

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!)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Sprinkle coconut flakes onto an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Toast 3-4 minutes, just until golden. Set aside to cool.

  2. Combine 4 tbspns toasted coconut flakes, sprinkles, creme de cacao rums, and ice in a blender and process until thick and smooth.

  3. Place remaining toasted coconut flakes in a shallow dish. Dip the rims of two parfait glasses in coconut milk and smirl them in dish of toasted coconut to rim.

  4. Pour cocktails into rimmed glasses and float a few sugar pearls on the top.

 Notes:

  • 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

Popsicle sticks

 

  1. Blend the fruit and wine until smooth and slushy.

  2. Carefully pour mix into popsicle molds.

  3. Freeze 30 minutes and then carefully insert popsicle sticks into the center of each mold.

  4. Freeze overnight.

Notes:

  • 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