The weather’s getting warmer and the nights are getting longer, so it’s only right that the drinks get frozen and stronger. Just in time for the heatwaves of summer, we bring you best frozen cocktails, alcoholic slushies, milkshakes and popsicles to beat the heat. D.C.’s restaurant and bar scene is chock-full of the best mixology-minded professionals and their recipes never disappoint and this season there’s no exception . So check out the drinks and make the trip to frozen buzz heaven. Trust us, the brain freeze will be worth it.
- Arcuri– Limoncello Slushies
Made with: Grain alcohol, lemon peels, and simple sugar
Perfect for: Friday night weekend kick-offs.
- Bar Pilar– Tequila Sunset Slushie
Made with: Cointreau Pilar, Orange Juice, Hum Pomegranate, Patron and sour mix. We went behind the scenes here.
Price: $12 single, $18 double
Perfect for: Weekend day drinking or sneaking out of the office early…
- Bar Pilar– Parisian Punch
Made with: Fresh strawberry, grapefruit bitters, St. Germain, gin, lime juice, Yellow Chartreuse. We went behind the scenes here.
Perfect for: Zapping your heat-driven blues.
- Barcode – Drunken Snow Cone
Made With: Snow cone infused with liquor
Perfect For: Wednesdays….
- Black Jack– The Cobbler
Made with: Rye, Rothman Apricot, Peach, Mint and Honey
Perfect for: Dessert. Who needs cake when you can drink all of the sweety-goodness instead?
- Black Jack– The Velvet Hour
Made with: Rum, Velvet Falernum, Averna Amaro, Mango, Ginger, and a Gosling’s Float
Perfect For: An after-date nightcap.
- Burger Tap & Shake– Talladega Nights
Made With: Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, House Made Limoncello, Vanilla Ice Cream, Lemon Juice
Perfect For: Taking the the Arnold Palmer drink experience to the next level.
- Burger Tap & Shake– The Evil Empire
Made with: Smirnoff Vanilla Bean Vodka, Red Win Coffee Liqueur, Vanilla Ice Cream
Perfect For: Reminiscing on those childhood summers, but with booze.
- Estadio– Slushitos
Made with: Blueberry, Mint & Bourbon or Cherry, Creme de Violette & Vodka
Perfect For: If you want the familiarity of a slushie with a Spanish kick and all-fresh ingredients.
- Farmers Fishers Bakers– Hemingway Daiquiri
Made with: Rum, lime juice, sugar
Perfect for: That moment when you realize you’re fucking fabulous.
- Farmers Fishers Bakers– Frozen Hurricane
Made With: Mt. Gay Black Rum, Goslings 151, passionfruit, orange, and lime juices, and house made grenadine, blended with ice.
Perfect For: Outside dining in the sunshine
- Farmers Fishers Bakers– Pina Colada
Made With: a classic blend of fresh pineapple, house made pineapple syrup, coconut milk, demerara sugar, and Bacardi 8-year Rum.
Perfect For: Your local tikki bar
- Fuego Cucina y Tequileria-Frozen Hibiscus Margarita
Made With: Sauza Gold, triple sec, hibiscus extract & salt rim
Perfect For: Getting in touch with your inner flower power hippie.
- The Hamilton– Grand Marnier Creamsicle
- The Hamilton– Root Beer Sinker
- Hill Country Backyard Barbecue– Museum Porch Swing
Made With: gin, strawberry-basic simple syrup and lemon juice
Perfect For: Picnics and BBQ with friends.
- Lincoln Restaurant– The Second Term
Made With: Knob Creek bourbon, Cherry Heering liqueur, La Marca prosseco, orange juice, vanilla ice cream
Perfect For: Beating the heat.
- Mi Cocina-Mambo Limousine
Made With: The Mambo Taxi® goes uptown with a Chambord meltdown
Perfect For: Pre-gaming before your big night out.
- Mi Cocina– Mambo Taxis
Made With: A blend of frozen fresh lime margarita and house made sangria
Perfect For: Pre-gaming for your big night.
- NoPA DC– White peach frappe
Made With: Vanilla crème caramel ice cream, white peach “slush” lavender, lemon poppyseed madeleine
Perfect For: The adventurous sipper.
- Pacifico – CoronaRita
Made with: Your choice of frozen margarita (flavors include mango and strawberry) with a mini bottle of Corona.
Perfect for: A sticky summer night with your friends.
- Pizzeria Orso– Cherry Bourbon
Made With: Bourbon, cherries, orange juice, lemonade
Perfect For: An early morning pick-me-up. That’s what the OJ is for.
- Perry’s Restaurant– Jalapeno Margarita
Made With: Tanteo jalapeno infused vodka, cointreau, lime
Price: $ 12
Perfect for: Getting hot while staying cool.
- Satellite Room – Boozy Shakes
Made With: Choose from a selection of ten varieties with ingredients like peanut butter with George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whiskey or Avocado with Jose Cuervo.
Perfect For: Dinner. Peanut butter, avocado, and whiskey? Now, we’re no scientists but that sounds like a balanced diet to us.
- Taqueria Nacional– Alcoholic Aqua Fresca
Made with: Your choice of either tequila or rum in seasonal agua frescas that change daily
Perfect for: Lazy summer days.
- Ted’s Bulletin– Varies; Twisted Coconut
Made With: blend of coconut rum, key lime pie, and bananas foster banana rum with vanilla ice cream
Price: $ 8.99
Perfect For: Double Straw drinking and an after dinner dessert.
- Tortilla Coast-Stars & Stripes Margarita
Made With: lime margarita swirled with strawberry and a dash of blue curacao
Perfect For: Celebrating by toasting to the land of the free.
- DNV Rooftop/Zentan– Dancing in Botafogo
Made with: Leblon cachaca, lime, basil
Price: $13 (half price during happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday)
Perfect for: Feeling like you’re on the beaches of Rio.