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 Recipe

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

  • <p>Mint Margarita Slushie</p>

    Mint Margarita Slushie

    A super simple slushie like this one is the perfect remedy to beat the summer heat.
  • Grapefruit Margaritas
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    Grapefruit Margaritas

    Ruby red grapefruit juice gives this margarita a blushing pink hue, and the more you add, the richer the color will be. Add frozen limeade concentrate for a refreshing punch of flavor, without all that squeezing. You can even make this recipe the day before your party. Just freeze until your guests arrive and then all you need to do is stir, serve, and enjoy!

  • Frozen Cranberry-Moonshine Lemonade
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Frozen Cranberry-Moonshine Lemonade

    With this drink, you can enjoy your favorit holiday flavors all summer long! Just make sure you prepare the cranberry-moonshine mixture ahead of time because it has to stand and room temperature for three days. Then serve and enjoy!
  • Frozen Peach Old Fashioned
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett  

    Frozen Peach Old Fashioned

    Try this fun twist on a classic cocktail. Served ice cold, these refreshing cocktails will keep your summer party guests cool!
  • <p>Icy Vanilla-Rum Malted Milkshake</p>

    Icy Vanilla-Rum Malted Milkshake

    azzle guests with this made-to-order icy beverage that couldn't be easier. Kids will love these milkshakes, too; just be sure to nix the liquor.
  • Limoncello Mojito
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Stylist: Linda Hirst

    Limoncello Mojito

    Limoncello Mojito is a citrusy new take on the classic cocktail. This refreshing concoction is perfect for the dog days of summer.

  • Guilt-Free Piña Coladas
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    Guilt-Free Piña Coladas

    This guilt-free cocktail recipe is perfect so satisfy your thirst on a hot summer day. Now if only it could come with a side of beach.

  • Cherry-Peach Sangria
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    Cherry-Peach Sangria

    This wonderfully refreshing cocktail combines cherries, peaches, and a couple sprigs of fresh basil. Watch out--you and your summer party guests won't be able to put these drinks down!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sweet Tea Mint Juleps
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    Sweet Tea Mint Juleps

    This drink features the best of two classic Southern drinks: the mint julep and sweet tea. Sip on one of these cool cocktails on a warm summer day while sitting in a rocking chair on your front porch.
  • 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.
  • Beer 'Garitas
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    Beer 'Garitas

    Drink to a Mexican-inspired evening with these tasty beer cocktails. Limeade concentrate and orange liqueur add bright flavor. If you like your margaritas bold, make the drink with dark beer. Serve in mason jars for added summer flair.

  • <p>Raspberry Summer Freeze</p>

    Raspberry Summer Freeze

    Four ingredients, ice and a blender are all you need to fill you glass with this frosty cocktail.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blackberry Pineapple Mojito
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Blackberry Pineapple Mojito

    The key to making bartender-worthy concoctions: muddling fresh fruit and herbs, like in this blackberry pineapple mojito based on one at Scottsdale's Deseo restaurant.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • <p>Orange-Cream Refresher</p>

    Orange-Cream Refresher

    Reminiscent of creamsicles, this icy beverage is sure to envoke a bit of sweet nostalgia in your party guests.
  • 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.
  • <p>Blueberry-Mint Frozen Gimlet</p>

    Blueberry-Mint Frozen Gimlet

    Juicy blueberries and fresh mint leaves make a perfect partnership in this frozen cocktail. Just load everything in a blender and whir until frosty.
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