Must-Serve Frozen Drinks

Beat the heat with a slushy cocktail guaranteed to cool you off while the grill heats up.

  • Cosmopolitan Slushy
    Photo: Maura McEvoy

    Cosmopolitan Slushy

    Take your traditional cosmo to the next level with this icy, ruby-red cocktail recipe.

  • Brandy Shakes
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Brandy Shakes

    Brandy Shakes, made from high-quality vanilla ice cream and brandy, are a super simple way to cool down and relax on hot summer afternoons.
  • Kiwi Colada
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Kiwi Colada

    Ring in summer by combining all the fun flavors of the season. Midori (melon-flavored liqueur) and cream of coconut add a taste of the tropics to the pineapple concoction. Use green kiwi for a tangy flavor, or substitute golden kiwi for a sweeter taste.
  • Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris
    Karry Hosford

    Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris

    Make a sweet-tart summer favorite with fresh berries. Follow the advice of one of our online reviewers and freeze peak-season strawberries to enjoy this festive beverage year-round.
  • Cherimoya and Lemon Frozen Daiquiris
    Lee Harrelson

    Cherimoya and Lemon Frozen Daiquiris

    Serve a cocktail made from cherimoya, a tropical fruit with a rich, citrusy flavor. The creaminess of the cherimoya and the light sweetness of the white rum complement the zesty lemonade concentrate. For added flavor and flair, dip the rim of the glass in lemonade concentrate and then dredge in coarse sugar.
  • Slushy Watermelon Mojitos
    Photo: Lee Harrelson / Styling: Virginia Cravens

    Slushy Watermelon Mojitos

    Update the classic Cuban cocktail by adding watermelon to the ingredients list. It gives the drink a ruby glow and adds an extra helping of summer flavor to the drink menu.
  • Sparkling Peach Splash
    Karry Hosford

    Sparkling Peach Splash

    If you usually order a Bellini to cool off during the summer, you're sure to love this peach schnapps-infused cousin of the popular drink. Blend peaches with schnapps and lime juice, then let freeze for about an hour until it has a slushy consistency. Mix with Champagne and serve.
  • Porter Float
    William Dickey

    Porter Float

    Make a simple adults-only float using vanilla ice cream, creamy porter or stout, and a flavorful garnish of fresh raspberries and mint sprigs. Enjoy with a spoon, or take it out by the pool with you and let it thaw into a melty dessert drink.
  • Mango-Mint-Rum Slush
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Mango-Mint-Rum Slush

    Freeze chopped mango, then blend with ice, mango nectar, white rum, lime juice, sugar, and fresh mint for a minty sweet cocktail with just the slightest hint of pucker from the lime juice. It's best to serve immediately, so keep spare frozen mango in the freezer to whip up extra batches in a hurry.
  • Banana-Orange Daiquiri

    Banana-Orange Daiquiri

    Bring the flavor of the Caribbean to your back porch with a banana-flavored drink infused with sweet-and-sour cocktail mix and orange juice concentrate. The creamy cocktail is part dessert, part heaven in a glass.
  • Peach Fuzzies
    Howard L. Puckett

    Peach Fuzzies

    Serve this festive drink at an early afternoon barbecue. Frozen pink lemonade concentrate gives the drink its color and its sweet-tart flavor base. Add vodka, water, and ripe peaches for extra sweetness, then process with crushed ice.
  • Minty Lime Frozen Mojito
    Photo: Jennifer Davick

    Minty Lime Frozen Mojito

    These gorgeous lime mojitos call for Key lime-flavored rum, frozen limeade, and a sprinkling of fresh mint leaves.
  • Frozen White Chocolate
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Erynn Hedrick Hassinger

    Frozen White Chocolate

    Drink your dessert with this decadent milkshake-for-adults. It features white chocolate liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, crème de cacao, and plenty of vanilla ice cream.
  • Pina Colada
    Photo: Dasha Wright; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Piña Colada

    Skip the storebought colada mix and whip up your own with chopped fresh pineapple, rum, fresh lime juice, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice.
  • Frosty Raspberry-Lime Margarita
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Erynn Hedrick Hassinger

    Frosty Raspberry-Lime Margarita

    Have a little fun with your traditional margarita recipe by adding fresh raspberry and lime flavors.
  • Frozen Lemonade with Coconut Rum
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Frozen Lemonade with Coconut Rum

    One reviewer had this to say: “Made this for my husband's Jan. 1st birthday party for 30 guests. Since we live in the Florida Keys, I figured it could be served year round. It was the hit drink of the party—couldn't make them fast enough! Even the men were drinking them, and all the rest of the drinks were hardly touched. New favorite tropical drink. -KeysBet
  • Frozen Cranberry Margaritos
    Charles Walton IV

    Frozen Cranberry Margaritos

    A mojito traditionally uses rum; here we use tequila instead, hence the fun title. Dip rims of glasses in lime juice and a mixture of equal parts kosher salt and sugar for a twist on salt-rimmed glasses.

  • Margarita Sunrise

    Classic Margarita

    The only margarita recipe you'll need, this easy cocktail is a simple mix of shaken fresh lime juice, orange liqueur, tequila, and powdered sugar.

  • Watermelon Bellini
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

    Watermelon Bellini

    Whip up Watermelon Bellini for a refreshing sipper--plus any summer melon will work. For a nonalcoholic option, replace the sparkling wine with sparkling white grape juice, sparkling cider, or club soda.

  • Champagne Mango Margaritas
    Photo: Romulo Yanes

    Champagne Mango Margaritas

    Champagne mangoes make these brightly colored frozen margaritas as smooth as can be. Spicy chiles balance the fruity sweetness.

  • Honeydew-Kiwi Daiquiris

    Honeydew-Kiwi Daiquiris

    A pitcher of slushy daiquiris is a great way to start the weekend. You'll use about half of the melon for this recipe and the rest in Sunday's fruit salad.
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