10 Frozen Cocktails to Make This Summer


Make this your best summer yet with a variety of fresh, new frozen cocktails to help you beat the heat. Try each recipe with your friends to pick a new go-to cocktail, or host a summer BBQ and serve one of these frozen cocktails to bring your dinner parties to a new level. Bottoms up!

  1.       Lime Margarita

Ditch the traditional margarita-on-the-rocks for a summery twist on an old favorite: a slushy, tart lime margarita is exactly what you need on blistering hot days. This recipe is just as easy and requires no additional ingredients! Simply combine 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 ounces’ simple syrup, 2 ounces’ tequila, and 1 ounce Grand Marnier into a blender. Dump ¾ cup of ice on top and blend on high. Serve in a salt rimmed cocktail glass for extra oomph!

Prep time: 4 minutes

  1.       Peach Bellini

If you’ve never tried a Bellini before, you haven’t lived. The sweetness of the peach will make you swoon, not to mention the highly addictive but not overly sweet Prosecco. The most time-consuming part of this recipe is making the peach puree, but you wont regret those extra five minutes. Place two ripe peaches (peeled, seeded and diced) into a food processor along with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of sugar. Blend on high for two minutes, then funnel the mixture through a sieve and toss and keep only the liquid. Distribute puree into Champagne glasses, and pour the chilled Prosecco over top. You can add a drizzle of Grenadine to make the drink even more mouth-wateringly delicious.

Prep time: 15 minutes

  1.       Frozen Sangria

Take your sangria game to the next level with this mind-blowing frozen sangria recipe. You may never go back to regular old sangria ever again! Empty a bag of frozen mixed berries into a blender along with 2 cups of red wine (pick a dry red to counteract the sweetness of the berries). Add 1/3 cup of brandy and any other fresh fruit you’d like, such as an orange or pear. Blend on high, adding ice as needed to thicken. Pour into chilled tall glasses and add thick straws for a mouth-puckering cocktail.

Prep time: 6 minutes

  1.       Iced Baileys

If you’re a coffee lover (okay, addict), treat yourself to this brilliant cocktail mix of coffee and creamy Baileys. Freeze brewed coffee into ice cube trays ahead of time, then toss into a frosty glass of Baileys and vanilla vodka—the adults-only version of an iced coffee!

Prep time: 3 minutes

  1.       Frozen Pineapple and Gin

Instantly transport yourself to the tropics with this breezy cocktail; make sure you choose a high-quality gin that will blend subtly with the pineapple juice. Blend three cups of chopped pineapple in a blender along with 6 ounces of gin and 1 ounce lime juice. You can add a tablespoon of simple syrup or sweetener to taste. Pour the thick mixture into tall glasses and garnish with a wedge of pineapple to feel like you’re at a plush resort.

Prep time: 10 minutes

  1.       Strawberry Lemonade

Relive your childhood (with the added benefit of alcohol) thanks to this tart slushy cocktail: fill your blender with three cups of strawberries, ¾ cup fresh lemon juice, 2 cups water, ¾ cup vodka, and blend until smooth. Freeze mixture for 2-3 hours, then spoon icy mixture into glasses garnished with a strawberry wedge.

Prep time: 8 minutes (plus freezing time)

  1.       Jack Daniel’s Slush

Walk on the wild side with this badass slushy mixture: all you need is ¾ cup of Jack Daniels, a can of limeade concentrate, and 2 cups of Coca-Cola. Blend it all together, adding ice as needed, and pour into trendy mason jar glasses.

Prep time: 3 minutes

  1.       Frozen Bloody Mary

Get your daily dose of vegetables (and more) with these hearty and satisfying Bloody Mary cocktails—frozen, for a new twist. Blend together 3 cups of tomato juice, 2/3 cup of vodka, a dash of hot sauce, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of horseradish, the fresh-squeezed juice of one lime, 2 cups of ice, and celery salt and pepper to taste. Add ice as needed to thicken, and you’ll end up with a spicy cocktail that’s healthier than most! Add creative garnishes to make your Bloody Mary one-of-a-kind.

Prep time: 12 minutes

  1.      Frozen Banana Split

This might become your new favorite summer cocktail thanks to the creamy banana and coconut taste: freeze two bananas and toss them into the blender. Add in 2 cups of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of Grenadine, 2/3 cup of rum, and 2 cups of ice. Blend, serve, and sigh. Delicious.

Prep time: 5 minutes

  1.      Frozen Beer Margarita

Ditch your warm can of beer for this clever way to make beer even more delicious—and potent. Blend together the juice of one lime, two bottles of your favorite summer beer, 1 ounce of triple sec, 2 ounces of tequila, 1/3 cup of orange juice, and three cups of ice. Once the mixture is thick and icy, distribute into fancy, salt-rimmed margarita glasses.

Prep time: 10 minutes