Summer cocktails shouldn’t be complicated. When the humidity is through the roof and it’s so hot your rubber flip-flops melt to the sidewalk, you can’t be tasked with making complicated syrups or carving intricate flowers out of orange peels. But you can dump three ingredients and a lot of ice into a blender and press puree. That’s all that’s required of these five refreshing, frozen summer cocktails.
5 Easy 3-Ingredient Frozen Drinks Anyone with a Blender Can Make
Watermelon + White Rum + Lime JuiceWatermelon is so good, it doesn’t take much to turn it into a delicious cocktail. First, get the ripest watermelon you can find—since this drink is so simple, the watermelon replaces any simple syrup you might usually use in a drink, so the riper the watermelon, the better. Next, throw the watermelon chunks into a blender along with fresh lime juice for a tart kick, white rum and ice. Blend it all together until the drink is smooth and ice cold, then divide it into glasses. It’s a big step above the classic booze-infused watermelon.
Banana + Dark Rum + HoneyA banana smoothie is a perfectly decent on-the-go breakfast. But add a little rum to the mix and you have yourself an icy, creamy cocktail that is made for poolside sipping—or slurping down next to a baby pool filled with a hose. We don’t judge. Made with dark rum (go for something very dark and rich like Goslings or Plantation’s OFTD), ripe banana and honey, it’s so good you’ll have to stop yourself from drinking down the entire blenderful.
Pineapple + Blanco Tequila + Agave NectarThis simplified take on a frozen Pineapple Margarita leaves out the lime juice—but you won’t miss it. This frosty drink calls for just three ingredients (aside from the ice): blanco tequila (pick a nice, citrusy, grassy bottling), fresh pineapple chunks and agave nectar. Blend everything together and you’ll be rewarded with a bright, zesty, tropical cocktail that is far more complex than you might expect from such a basic drink.
Peach + Whiskey + HoneyThere aren’t many frozen whiskey drinks out there. Typically, these slushie-style cocktails are made with a base of rum or vodka or perhaps tequila. But why leave whiskey out of the summertime fun? The mellow, vanilla-twinged spirit is just as good paired with bright fruits and ice as any other. And this drink proves it. An ode to summers in the South, this frosty cocktail pairs whiskey with fresh peaches and honey—and nothing else, aside from a couple cups of ice. The flavors come together like a well-choreographed hoedown.
Grapefruit Juice + Gin + Simple SyrupA Greyhound is one of the great, underappreciated two-ingredient drinks, and this frozen take on the drink pays homage to the delicious grapefruit drink. In place of the usual vodka, though, we use gin at the base for this riff—it was, after all, the spirit used in the original recipe from Harry Craddock. A splash of simple syrup makes sure all of the sweet-tart grapefruit flavors still pop, even after being diluted with a couple cups of ice. And a sprinkling of grapefruit zest on top of the finished drink will bring out those tangy notes even more, especially as you lift the drink to your lips.