In the hottest days of summer, you need to step up your cocktail game to bring the temperature down. The best way to do that? With a frozen boozy concoction. Whether you want an extra chilly version of a classic or something totally new, we have the frozen cocktails you need to try right now.
The classic Margarita gets a spicy spin with this chilly concoction. Homemade spiced honeydew syrup can be made as hot as you’d like. When you’ve mixed a batch, keep it all summer to mix with tequila, triple sec, honeydew juice and lime juice whenever you’re in the mood to drink something that’s both sweet and spicy.
While bourbon and cider might seem like a fall combination, they can be enjoyed in summer, too, when frozen and blended. Don’t believe us? Just try this combination of bourbon, cinnamon-vanilla syrup, lemon juice, apple cider and ice. They’re perfect when blended and served in a Moscow Mule mug with an apple and cinnamon garnish.
A cold beer in summertime is pretty good, but a frozen beer cocktail that also has the flavors of an Aperol Spritz? There’s just no comparison. This concoction is made by blending summer ale with rosemary syrup and ice, which is then poured over more ice and topped with Aperol, a rosemary sprig and a lime wheel.
This recipe makes four servings at once, so it’s ideal for backyard barbecues with friends. Even better, it’s pretty easy to make. Just mix rum, Fernet-Branca, lemon and lime juice, lemon bitters and water in a freezer bag, then freeze for a few hours until it’s all a slushy consistency.
Bacon may not be the first garnish you think of when you’re prepping frozen cocktails, but hear us out: The crispy, salty strips are absolutely necessary in this whiskey cocktail. Bourbon, ginger ale, Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry and maple-flavored whiskey are wonderful together and just begging for a pork-y garnish.
If you like Piña Coladas, you’ll love this. The classic combination of rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice and coconut milk gets a new twist thanks to the addition of Fernet-Vallet liqueur. The resulting cocktail has underlying menthol and herbal notes that offset the creaminess just enough to make it completely irresistible.