5 frozen cocktail recipes to beat the summer heat


It’s Friday, it’s way too hot outside, and fall seems a long way off. It’s the perfect time for a frozen cocktail.

Try these recipes for size.

Frozen Strawberry Margarita

This fruity twist on a classic margarita is a perfect summer drink.

For: 4 to 6

Ingredients

1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate

8 ounces silver tequila

8 ounces fresh strawberries, halved, plus more for garnish

4 ounces triple sec

Ice cubes

Instructions

In a blender, combine the lemonade, tequila, strawberries and triple sec. Fill blender with ice and blend until desired consistency is reached. Pour into margarita or rocks glasses, garnish with a strawberry and serve immediately.

Duel at sunset

This avant-garde frozen cocktail is the perfect fit for the end of summer.

This avant-garde frozen drink is not too sweet with a refreshing hint of bitterness from Aperol. Adapt the recipe to the size you need.

Ingredients

4 1/2 parts Handful of Bourbon

2 parts Aperol

2 parts sweet vermouth

2 cups of ice cream

Blood orange garnish

Instructions

Add Fistful of Bourbon, Aperol and sweet vermouth to an airtight container and place in the freezer overnight. To serve, add chilled ingredients to a blender with 2 cups of ice. Serve in a highball glass with a garnish of blood orange slices.

tree frog cocktail

tree frog cocktail

This frozen banana daiquiri with a twist came from Katie Button restaurants in Asheville, courtesy of the now-closed Nightbell.

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup crushed ice cubes

1 1/2 ounces Don Q Gold rum

1/2 banana

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

3/4 ounce ginger syrup

Star anise, for garnish

Instructions

Combine the ice cubes, rum, banana, lime juice and ginger syrup in a blender and blend for 45 seconds. Pour into a tulip glass and garnish with star anise. Serve immediately.

Whiskey Tiki

Whiski-Tiki Cocktail

This refreshing frozen cocktail recipe is the perfect tiki drink for those seemingly endless summer days.

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 cup of ice cubes

2 ounces of Coopers Craft Bourbon

2 ounces fresh pineapple juice

1 ounce fresh orange juice

1 ounce orgeat or almond syrup

2 dashes 18.21 Japanese Chilli Lime Bitters, or other bitters of your choice, plus more for serving

Edible flowers, for serving

Pineapple wedge, for serving

Pineapple leaves, for serving

Instructions

Put the ice cream, bourbon, pineapple juice, orange juice, barley and bitters in a blender. Blend until the mixture forms a very smooth texture, about 15 seconds. Pour into your favorite glassware and garnish with additional bitters, edible flowers and pineapple chunks. Serve with a metal straw.

Bourbon Lime Frozen Bramble Cocktail

Bourbon Lime Frozen Bramble Cocktail

Nothing suits the end of summer better than this ice-cold whiskey cocktail filled with berries.

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 cup of ice cubes

2 ounces of Coopers Craft Bourbon

2 ounces thawed frozen lemonade concentrate

4 blackberries

4 fresh mint leaves

Instructions

Place the ice, bourbon, lemonade, three blackberries and three mint leaves in a blender. Blend until the mixture forms a very smooth texture, about 15 seconds. Pour into your favorite glassware and garnish with the remaining berries and mint leaves. Serve with a metal straw.

Mackensy Lunsford is the Food and Culture Storyteller for USA TODAY Network’s Southern Region and Editor-in-Chief of Southern Kitchen.

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