Triple-digit temps are becoming the norm this summer as record-breaking heatwaves sweep the country. You need to cool down – and fast. Might we suggest a frosty cocktail (or three)? To make sure you stay chilled out, even on the hottest of days, here are 15 refreshing frozen cocktails. Not near any of them? OpenTable has you covered with more than 51,000 restaurants for any craving or occasion.
The Florentine, Chicago, Illinois
The Negroni gets an icy makeover. Orange bitters and grapefruit juice add a summery lift. And there’s a cherry on top — because you deserve it. Make a reservation at the Florentine.
LAVO, New York, New York
It’s frosé all day here. And all night. The pink potable features Nolet’s gin, Ketel One Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom, Campari, and grapefruit juice. Make a reservation at LAVO.
El Vez, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
We love this magnificent margarita. Blood orange gives it a ruddy hue and a citrus punch, which is complemented by tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave. Available by the glass or pitcher, so you can just get the party started or keep it going all night. Make a reservation at El Vez.
The Salt Line, Washington, D.C.
This is the soused slushy your summer needs. The icy slurry features bourbon and Del’s Watermelon Shandy beer from Narragansett. It’s accented with a touch of lime. Make a reservation at The Salt Line.
MXDC, Washington, D.C.
Frozen Negronis are 2019’s frosé. This standout rendition features El Buho mezcal, Campari, Cocchi Torino, and orange bitters. All that’s missing is the selfie you’ll take while you’re drinking it. Make a reservation at MXDC.
Don Taco, Alexandria, Virginia
We could stare for hours at the icy ripples of a frozen margarita. They have a meditative quality, like a Japanese rock garden – but way boozier. This Zen-inducing strawberry sipper features Hornitos Reposado Tequila, blue agave nectar, and fresh lime juice. Make a reservation at Don Taco.
Vinoteca, Washington, D.C.
Get ready to get slushy. An eye-catching orange, this passionfruit Riesling Daiquiri is fired up with pickled Fresno chilies. #ItsIcyAndItsNicey. Make a reservation at Vinoteca.
The NoMad, Los Angeles, California
If you like piña coladas, then what are you waiting for? The flavors of coconut and pineapple get a boozy boost from two rums. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a lava flow of either green chartreuse with crème de menthe or one laced with Campari. Make a reservation at The NoMad.
Aba, Chicago, Illinois
Friesling is apparently a thing. Don’t take our word for it, try this one. It’s made with dry Riesling, vanilla, cream soda cordial, orange, and lemon. Make a reservation at Aba.
Jimmy at The James, New York, New York
Frosé is back with a vengeance this summer. This splendid slushy features Elouan Rosé, Razzmatazz raspberry liqueur, and fresh berries. Any ensuing brain freeze is more than worth it. Make a reservation at Jimmy at The James.
Fiola Mare, Washington, D.C.
This cocktail is a license to chill. The frozen Negroni features gin, Aperol, Cointreau, Cocchi Vermouth, and lemon. Guaranteed to make you feel molto (very) mellow. Make a reservation at Fiola Mare.
Noyane, Chicago, Illinois
Here’s some ice, ice, baby. A Chinese takeout container is piled high with shaved ice doused with your choice of boozy flavorings: blackberry vodka, bourbon peach, chocolate pisco, and dragon fruit-strawberry rum. Cooler than Vanilla Ice by a long shot. Make a reservation at Noyane.
Cabra, Chicago, Illinois
You’ve heard of disco fever, now prepare to embrace Pisco Fever. The no-bell-bottoms-required bevvy features vodka, pisco, guava, lime, and aji rocoto. We can’t get enough of it. Make a reservation at Cabra.
Summer Day, New York, New York
Putting on the spritz! This frozen Aperol spritz has all the classic components, but it takes a slushier approach. Just what you need on those days you start sweating the moment you walk out the door. Make a reservation at Summer Day.
FIG, Santa Monica, California
Monkey Business is the best kind of business. Jameson, coffee, banana, and demerara sugar are blended up to create a cool, caffeinated cocktail. Guaranteed to put some pep in your step. Make a reservation at FIG.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Andrew Hektor (El Vez); Lettuce Entertain You (Aba); Neil Burger (Noyane); Ally Strausser (Cabra).