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The 13 Best Frozen Drinks for Summer Sipping

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There was a time, not too long ago, when drinking a frozen cocktail on a hot summer’s day was a guilty pleasure, complete with oversized glassware and tacky plastic garnishes. But the stigma that once plagued frozen cocktails—too sweet, too syrupy, too artificial—is no more. The era of delicious, balanced, craft frozen cocktails is here, and we know just the way to celebrate. Keep cool all summer long with 13 of our favorite icy libations.

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Frosé is over. There. We said it. It’s time to move on to Frosecco, a Prosecco slushie gussied up with splashes of St-Germain and lemon juice. It’s simple, yet still a complete cocktail. Take that, Frosé.

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The Piña Colada may be king of the frozen cocktail world, but this amped-up version is coming to steal its throne. The signature drink of New York’s Fire Island, this extra-boozy Piña Colada uses dark rum, nutty amaretto and a heavy dose of 151-proof rum poured right into the straw. It’ll become your new go-to summer drink from the first power-packed sip.

The Essentials

dark rum
Amaretto
pineapple juice
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Frozen Daiquiris are a summer staple, but this variation really turns the drink on its head while still preserving the sweet-tart soul of the original. Created by Sierra Kira of Hale Pele in Portland, Oregon, this cocktail swaps out rum for gin and lime for lemon juice. Instead of sugar, the drink calls for creamy, sweet orgeat. The resulting frosty, snow white color is almost too pretty to drink.

The Essentials

Lemon Juice
Orgeat
Gin
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Rum and Coke may be a tried and true combination, but it was definitely high time for a makeover. Inspired by 7-Eleven Coke slurpees, this extra boozy frozen Rum and Coke uses both white and dark rums, along with Cherry Heering, which makes it taste like a far superior version of the childhood favorite. A homemade cola syrup and a few dashes of Angostura bitters take it over the top.

The Essentials

White & Dark Rum
Cherry Heering
Cola Syrup
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We’re obsessed with Sangria in all of its forms—including red, white, pink and even jello-fied—but we may just love this frozen version the most. Invented at its namesake Pinewood Social in Nashville, this frozen Sangria combines red wine with Laird’s Applejack, floral St-Germain, dry curaçao, and fresh orange and grapefruit juices. Rosy-hued and delicately balanced, it’s the ultimate day drink.

The Essentials

Wine
Grapefruit Juice
St-Germain
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Frozen drinks can be brightly colored and whimsical but still taste like grown-up cocktails. This frozen Margarita from The Rustic in Dallas proves just that, blending reposado tequila with raspberry liqueur, fresh lime juice, agave syrup, Cointreau, homemade sour mix and a neon purple popsicle garnish. It may not take itself seriously, but we promise it’s seriously delectable.
 

The Essentials

Tequila
Sour Mix
Cointreau
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Before you lurch at the idea of a frozen Bloody Mary, trust us—this cocktail is exactly what your boozy brunch has been missing. Created by Jerry Nevins, cofounder of Kansas City’s Snow & Co. and author of Sloshies (aka, a true expert in all things frozen), this drink combines tomato juice with jalapeño-infused tequila, lemon juice and hefty pour of whole milk. Against all odds, the result is a spicy, citrusy, creamy masterpiece.

The Essentials

Tomato Juice
Jalapeño-Infused Vodka
Milk
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The exotic dragon fruit may not be a common cocktail ingredient, but we think its sweet-sour, kiwi-like flavor is underrated. To show off it’s beauty, blend it with vodka, raspberries, coconut water, fresh lime juice and agave syrup, then serve the speckled mixture in the scooped out, bright pink hull of the fruit. It’s a tropical cocktail unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.
 

The Essentials

Vodka
Dragon Fruit
coconut water
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The funky-fresh Caipirinha is just what the doctor ordered on a hot day, but this frozen version from Damien Del Rio of Brooklyn’s Loosie Rouge is next-level. Watermelon juice gives the drink an extra burst of hydration, while vanilla syrup rounds out the cocktail with a sweet flavor and silky texture. But we have to warn you: It’s way too easy to drink these by the pitcherful.
 

The Essentials

Cachaça
watermelon juice
Vanilla syrup
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No list of frozen libations would be complete without a tiki classic. The Beachcomber comes courtesy of tiki godfather Trader Vic and resembles a Hemingway Daiquiri with its rum, lime and maraschino liqueur. And, as one of the small number of truly simple tiki cocktails, you shouldn’t let the summer pass without making one.

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This citrusy treat from Aarial Ferguson-Henderson of June’s All Day in Austin proves that the icy granita dessert is vastly improved when spiked with booze. Aperol and freshly-squeezed orange juice are combined with lime and sugar, before the mix is frozen in a sheet pan and scraped into shaved ice. It’s sunny, low-ABV and perfect for serving at a backyard barbecue.

The Essentials

Orange juice
Sugar
Aperol
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If you want to make a frozen cocktail but can’t be bothered with breaking out the blender, we have the hack for you. To make this frozen Moscow Mule, all you need is vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and a plastic sandwich baggie. Just mix the ingredients in the bag, freeze until slushy, and pour into your glass. Summer drinking has never been easier—or more delicious.
 

The Essentials

Vodka
Ginger Beer
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Frozen Margaritas get a bad rap for being so prominent at suspicious chain restaurants, but made properly—that is, with a simple mix of tequila, lime and Cointreau along with a salted rim (it is still a Margarita, after all)—the cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet, sour and slush.

The Essentials

tequila
lime juice
Cointreau
crushed ice

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