Blended drinks get a bad rap in the cocktail world. Unfair! Sure, we’re all too familiar with ordering a frozen Margarita and being tossed a slushy, artificially-flavored, syrupy mess. However, with more sophisticated flavors popping up in the drink world and the blissful return of fresh ingredients, there’s no reason to suffer through a bad blended drink—especially during the wearying heat of summer. These five frozen cocktails will melt the summer heat like no lone ice cube can.
Let’s start with a frozen classic, shall we? Gone are the days of chemical Daiquiri mix and frozen strawberries thrown into a blender. This recipe for a Strawberry Daiquiri solicits freshly squeezed lime juice, a ripe strawberry and homemade simple syrup. Throw in some aged rum and you have a blended summer drink that gives the machine fixture a deserved makeover.
While the Sazerac is a delicious drink in its own right, absinthe, rye and bitters aren’t exactly the ingredients that come to mind when thinking of summer. Until now. With the addition of lemon juice and lots of ice, bartender Tad Carducci turned this classic cocktail into a refreshing frozen drink. It cools you off while maintaining the flavors that gobsmacked us in the first place.
Nothing represents beach-time relaxation like a Mojito does. Now, you can elevate that profound sense of cool by turning the Cuban cocktail into a frothy, rejuvenating drink. The ingredients stay true to the original recipe. The only true exception is the mint-infused simple syrup—you won’t miss the muddling.
Blended drinks are more than just “add ice to favorite classic cocktail.” This original creation uses Brazil’s most popular spirit, cachaça, and is bolstered with guava puree and lime juice. The result is an enchanting, boozy version of a smoothie, with floral highlights thanks to a measure of rose syrup. Our recommendation: drink this next to a pool and pretend you’re fighting off the sultry heat of Brazil with the waves of the Atlantic crashing within earshot.
It’s common knowledge that seasonal berries and booze are a, well, fruitful combination. Here, strawberries and rose are added into a blended version of the Pisco Sour. Get that punch bowl ready because this recipe serves enough for you and probably all of your friends.