Just about any cocktail is refreshing on a hot day (we're not looking at you, hot toddy), but nothing cuts the heat quite like a frosty frothy glass of boozy deliciousness. And we're not just talking daquiris and margaritas. Here, 6 fabulous frozen drinks we can't get enough of right now, from spins on classic cocktails to Will Ferrell-inspired creations.
Frozen Dark 'n' Stormy
Where: Miss Lily's 7A Cafe, New York City
What: Organic ginger slush, organic citrus slush, dark rum, Jamaican rum.
How: Chill out with this frosty take on a Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail, mixed with two flavors of slush and Jamaican rum plus a floater of dark rum. It's an insansely refreshing spin on one of our favorite classic cocktails— and it's deceptively potent. Photo by Liz Barclay.
Misty Slipper Sangria Rum
Where: Compère Lapin at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, New Orleans
What: Rosé wine, lime juice, brandy, watermelon juice, amaro, strawberry rose syrup, lychee liqueur.
How: The color of this fancy frozen sangria is "like a ballet slipper," says the drink creator and head bartender Abigail Gullo. That's where half of the cocktail's name comes from. As for the other half, it's a tribute to a favorite dancer: "Misty Copeland, the first African American head ballerina in NYC,” adds Gullo. Photo courtesy of Compère Lapin.
I Love Lamp
Where: Grand Prize, Houston
What: Vodka, blackcurrant liqueur, aloe juice, peach, pineapple, lemon.
How: This fruit-filled summer thirst-quencher's name might sound familiar to Will Ferrell fans: It references the hit comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”Photo courtesy of Grand Prize/Instagram.
Off the Coast of Hanauma Bay
Where: Dram & Grain, D.C.
What: Aged rum, blackstrap white rum, fresh lime juice, housemade falernum, allspice dram, salty-dried-plum bitters, toasted coconut orgeat.
How: The large-format frozen Tiki cocktail is served in a ceramic treasure chest garnished with a pineapple-leaf fan and a charred lime half. It's filled with overproof rum and absinthe and set aflame at your table. Photo courtesy of Dram & Grain.
Where: Bacobar, New Orleans
What: Vodka, ginger liqueur, housemade ginger syrup, cream of coconut, pineapple juice.
How: A luscious riff on a pina colada, this icy concoction trades out rum for vodka. “It’s a throwback to the fun cocktails in the 70’s when people entertained at home," says barman Lu Brow. “To truly enjoy this drink you should probably being wearing bell bottom pants.” Photo by Amir Recik.
Where: Venkman's, Atlanta
What: Vodka, fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, tangerine, spinach leaves.
How: Selena Gomez is a fan of this Atlanta spot, named after “Ghostbusters.” It’s no surprise one of the drinks here also takes a cue from the film. The frosty slushy is the same green color as Slimer, a ghost in the 1984 blockbuster, and the tangy tangerine flavor mimics the Ghostbusters-themed Hi-C juice box from the same era. Photo by Henri Hollis.
Venkman's Ecto Cooler recipe (serves 2-4)
1 cup vodka
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup simple syrup
1 tangerine, peeled and seeded
5 - 10 baby spinach leaves (for color)
7 1/2 cups ice cubes
Put all liquid ingredients in a blender and pulse to combine. Add tangerine and spinach, then blend on high speed until mixture appears completely liquid. Add ice and blend on high speed until slushy reaches desired consistency.
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