Summer slushies are a total contradiction. They offer chilly salvation from the sun’s unrelenting heat, sweet indulgence worthy of a summer vacation, and enough liquor to make you forget all about the office. But many also pack on the calories like a wrestler trying to make weight. Usually, if you’re not trying to pad your midsection for all the beach to see, your only option is to abstain from the blender altogether. But there actually are some slushies that can break your humdrum cocktail routine without breaking your diet. Here, our favorite slushies for the healthy drinker.
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Green vegetable smoothies barely even count as slushies, and this spiked avocado variation totally defies the common conception of blended booze. Brightened by Champagne and given some herbal snap with shiso syrup, the Dodo is even more refreshing than ultra-sweet Piña Coladas and Painkillers. Your tastebuds, and waistline, will thank you.
There’s a reason Frosé is a staple among glamorous beach inhabitants: It delights the palate, the eyes and the healthy conscience all at once. Our version amplifies the rosé slush with a hit of dry vermouth—which makes the concoction extra crisp—as well as a berry syrup that utilizes seasonal produce to bring out the natural fruitiness of the wine without loading the drink down with sugar.
Most Daiquiris fall into one of three camps: the dry, three-ingredient classic; Hemingway’s take; and a blended mess of cloying fruit syrup and liqueurs. But this bright red rum Daiquiri requires only a handful of strawberries to give the drink its signature sweet taste.
Dragon fruit may still be unfamiliar to some American palates (and may shock the drinker at first sight of its bright pink, scaled skin), but the kiwi-like fruit is rich in antioxidants, B and C vitamins, good cholesterol and fiber. Blending its fruity innards with vodka, raspberries, coconut and agave is like a sippable invite to a diet-friendly party. Serve the drink in the fruit’s hull to remind you of all the good you’re doing while getting buzzed.
Flavors of Thai cuisine entertain the taste buds in this savory and tangy slushie. Employing coconut sugar—white sugar’s more natural cousin—a garden’s worth of herbs, earthy rhum agricole and fruity white rum, the Southeast Asian-inspired tipple is like a sweet salad in a tall glass. It’s the herbal remedy to your caloric slushie woes.
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Savory isn’t a common flavor profile for blended drinks, but this frozen Bloody Mary breaks the mold. The salty, citrusy, mouthwatering refreshment proves just how good icy, vegetal flavor can be without the sugary mixers. The jalapeño-infused vodka that spices the slush is especially shocking—and a total revelation.
Coconut water is the nutritious libation du jour, but many drinks served in the tropical fruit carry a ton of calories. Not so with our blended coconut drink of choice, which is inspired by the minimal, citrusy libations that are traditionally sipped in Puerto Vallarta. The floral, creamy flavor of coconut needs only dry, fruity mezcal, a dash of honey, and a hit of saline to float you down to the Mexican seaside.