The season may be winding down, but there’s no reason not to hope for an Indian summer with frozen cocktails that offer creative cool-downs.
Arbella, Chicago, Illinois
Any cocktail on the menu can be frozen thanks to liquid nitrogen that adds a bit of theater to the bar. The internationally inspired passport menus for bar bites and tipples bring guests to Mexico with mezcal, Peru with pisco, the U.K. with gin and beyond. No matter which hemisphere you’re in, however, it’s always summer with a few favorites including Smokey the Bear’s habanero-infused mezcal with yellow chartreuse in a honey-bear jar that’s been smoked using a torched cedar plank and the Funky Chicken, a sweet-spicy-sour cocktail with Mexican lollipop-infused rye. Make a reservation at Arbella.
Harlow MXM, Dallas, Texas
Any English gent would likely snub his nose at a frozen gin and tonic, but this all-American remake proves you can’t mess with Texas ingenuity. Barman Alex Fletcher combines the classic spirit and mixer with ice, citrus, and sugar. It all goes down smooth with views of the Dallas skyline from the rooftop lounge. Make a reservation at Harlow MXM.
La Centrale Caffe, Miami, Florida
Cooling off is practically an art form in Miami, and it gets a special Mediterranean twist at Caffe, where an old-fashioned granita cart offers adult aperitifs. Some of the top sellers evoking the flavors of Sicily are the Aperol spritz, frozen Negroni, and espresso amaretto. Make a reservation at La Central Caffe.
Puesto, San Diego, California
No matter what the season, lactose-intolerant-friendly horchata helps cool down the zest of Mexican dishes at Puesto. This summer, that’s amplified with the Horchata Loca, which adds local Malahat San Diego white rum and an extra dash of cinnamon to the frozen horchata (made with rice milk). Make a reservation at Puesto.
The Wellington Neighborhood Eatery, Belmont, Massachusetts
The Wellington opened just a couple of months ago, but the flavorful global plates and creative cocktail list are already a hit. The new eatery from chef Dante de Magistris of Il Casale just down the street includes an entire section of spiked shakes bringing back the nostalgia of a classic New England soda shop. The Orange Dreamsicle includes Grand Marnier with candied orange zest and ginger dust; the Minty Monk is crafted with green chartreuse with mint, basil, and poppy seeds; and the Go Nuts features amaretto, Frangelico, and crushed amaretto cookie. Make a reservation at The Wellington Neighborhood Eatery.
Forrest Point, Brooklyn, New York
Just right for brunch comes the Frozen Irish Coffee, a creamy slushie with Jameson Caskmates Stout, cold brew java, coconut cream, demerara sugar, and chocolate liqueur. Sip it on the large shaded patio, but take it slow to prevent brain freeze! Make a reservation at Forrest Point.
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Carley Thornell is a travel writer whose experiences eating street food in Japan, English peas in the UK, free-range steak in Argentina, and Brussels sprouts at Estragon tapas in her hometown of Boston have provided unforgettable culinary inspiration. Shout out at email@example.com.
Photo credit: Carmelle Pina (Puesto).