A well-balanced frozen drink is hard to resist, especially in summer. But there’s more to adult slushies than the usual Frosés and Piña Coladas. Expand your blender booze horizons with these seven frozen cocktails served in bars now.
Can’t make it out to any of the bars serving these great frozen drinks? Try making the Strangelove from this list at home.
1: STRANGELOVE (BEEHIVE, SAN FRANCISCO)
San Francisco’s Beehive is a modernist escape with Sputnik lamps, ’70s-style plate ware, fondue and snacks like honeycomb Chex mix and pigs in a blanket. Bar manager Milo Salehi and the team always have a couple of boozy slushies on the menu, including their fantastic Quimbara. But the Strangelove appeals to vodka, Amari and berry fans with its cool blend of Ketel One vodka, raspberry, riesling wine, Cappelletti aperitivo, Amaro Montenegro and lime.
2: BANANA DAIQUIRI (MANOLITO, NEW ORLEANS)
Pocket-size Manolito—a French Quarter newcomer in 2018 from Nola bar legends Nick Detrich, Chris Hannah, and Konrad Kantor—evokes Havana with authentic Cuban bites and drinks. But the best part? The menu has an entire frozen cocktail section—Daiquiri variations, Hotel Nacionales and Piña Coladas. The banana-chip-graced Banana Daiquiri combines Jamaican Wray & Nephew and Puerto Rican Don Q Cristal rums with banana liqueur and fresh banana, brightened up by lime.
3: PAGEANT MATERIAL (DOWNTOWN SPORTING CLUB, NASHVILLE)
Strategic Hospitality has opened some of Nashville’s best restaurants and bars, including Bastion, The Catbird Seat, Henrietta Red, The Patterson House, and Pinewood Social). Its latest is 42,000-square-foot, multi-floor Downtown Sporting Club, opened April 2019. There’s a rooftop bar, screening room, ax-throwing lanes, and hotel rooms. While sipping spritzes or Japanese highballs, the second floor’s R.E.C. The room offers shuffleboard, axe throwing, board games, pizza, fries and the Pageant Material, a frozen drink created by Matt Tocco and Chris Visic. More than a Frosé, the drink combines rosé wine, pineapple and orange juices, vanilla syrup and orange blossom water with a bitter-herbal kick from Aperol and green tea.
4: MELE KA-TIKI-MAKA (ADRIFT TIKI BAR, DENVER)
Adrift is a Polynesian escape on Broadway that pours on the Tiki touches without going full kitsch. It keeps things fun with winter luaus (a gift during the cold Colorado winters), hula lessons, an extensive collection of rums and dishes like guava baby back ribs. The Mele Ka-Tiki-Maka goes beyond rum with a bourbon and rosé base, tart with cranberry and lemon, layered with spice and herb notes from a house-made falernum, ginger, and rosemary.
5: WONDERMINT MALTED (BEST INTENTIONS, CHICAGO)
Best Intentions’ Calvin and Christopher Marty strike the ideal balance of high-low with 1970s wood-paneled dive bar vibes (and a chill back patio) paired with quality cocktails and Angostura on draft. Since the beginning, their blended Wondermint Malted is a house specialty and one of Chicago’s great frozen drinks, combining Broker’s gin, Death’s Door Wondermintschnapps and Luxardo Angioletto hazelnut liqueur with a fizzy-creamy kick from acid phosphate, liquid chlorophyll, and Fox Valley Farms 10% butterfat fresh milkshake base. It’s minty, nutty, bright and, just like the like bar itself, fun.
6: COCKTAILS & DREAMS (PACIFIC HIDEAWAY, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.)
With the Pacific Ocean outside its doors, Pacific Hideaway at Kimpton’s hip Shorebreak hotel is one of Huntington Beach’s best for cocktails and mouthwatering bites (like the spicy Lao sausage with crispy rice), with a heavy dose of Tiki-inspired cocktails from Casey Lyons. In fact, his additional “secret” menu lists some of his best drinks with his own illustrations, like the icy Cocktails & Dreams. It combines Pisco Portón and Plantation 3 Stars rum with coconut cream, pineapple juice, and Giffard Banane du Brésil banana liqueur. Listen to the waves and sip away in the colorful, tile-lined, open-air restaurant.
7: ICE ON THE WINGS (BOURBON O BAR, NEW ORLEANS)
Bourbon O Bar offers a respite from the sticky chaos of Bourbon Street for classic Ramos Gin Fizzes, which it shakes for a full six minutes before serving. The “bar staff” section of the menu lists more experimental cocktails. Bar legend and cocktail writer Cheryl Charming digs deep with Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation gin in an entire menu section, including the Capri Sun-esque vibes of the Ice on the Wings served in a bag. This summer slushie tastes like a cross between a hibiscus lemonade and a French 75. Aviation gin and brut sparkling wine are mixed with lemon juice and a house-made dandelion-hibiscus simple syrup.