Margaritas, sangria and Aperol spritzes are divine on the rocks. But taking them for a whirl in the blender makes them ten times more refreshing and summery. Better yet, it’s basically impossible to sip a slushy libation without feeling like you’re on vacation, which is a definite plus in our book. Here are 30 frozen cocktails to drink at home, no matter your spirit of choice.
30 Frozen Cocktails You’ll Want to Drink All Summer Long
1. Boozy Lemonade Granita
Turning summer’s signature drink into a grown-up beverage with a splash of vodka or gin is a no-brainer. But serving it in hollowed-out lemons? That’s just plain genius.
3. White Sangria Ice Pops
Because everything tastes better on a stick. Instead of blending the ingredients, this treat calls for freezing white grape simple syrup, grape juice, fresh fruit and your choice of white wine in popsicle molds.
4. Piña Colada
In 1954, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, bartender at Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, changed the cocktail world forever when he sought to invent a drink that represented his home country. And we’ve got his original recipe riiiight here.
5. Portable Summer Sippers
No one should spend their own party playing bartender. Set out a bunch of premade vodka coolers instead so your guests can take care of themselves. Now, which flavor should we start with: raspberry-lime or lemonade iced tea?
6. Frozen Cantaloupe Cocktail
Fresh lime juice, vodka and coconut cream bring this decadent melon sipper to life. Might we suggest rimming the glass with a mix of crushed pink peppercorns and sea salt?
This wine-based bev will never go out of style in our eyes. It’s basically a four-ingredient snow cone for adults.
8. Raspberry Prosecco Ice Pops
Tart, fruity and so damn refreshing. They’re only three ingredients and a few hours in the freezer away.
9. Papaya Mango Frozen Margarita
This tropical beauty stars jalapeño-infused tequila, Cointreau (aka orange liqueur) and allll the fresh papaya. Frozen mango keeps the drink frosty without diluting it.
10. Watermelon Limoncello Prosecco Slushies
Two Italian favorites, one pretty-in-pink drink. (If you need help slicing the watermelon, this is the easiest way to do it, hands down.)
11. Tropical Wine Slushies
These layered gems wouldn’t be possible without Moscato, but all their flavor really lies in the fruit. We’re talking mango, pineapple, strawberries and lime juice.
12. Frozen Fuzzy Navel
Give the retro shooter a modern update by adding vodka and frozen peaches to the mix. We have a feeling this rendition will be a hit at brunch.
13. Blueberry Whiskey Buck
The recipe calls for serving the cocktail on the rocks, but we don’t see why whiskey should miss out on all the slushy fun. Just use frozen blueberries instead of fresh and make ice cubes with the ginger beer to blend.
14. Frozen Mango Mojito-rita
Silver tequila takes centerstage in this herbaceous cocktail that calls for a ton of fresh mint. Up the ante by adding a splash of rum, too.
15. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
One sip and boom—you’re kicked back on a faraway beach without a care in the world. Using both fresh and frozen strawberries ensures the perfect slushy texture.
16. Frozen Cherry Cosmos
If you love sour drinks, we present to you your soulmate. This gorgeous vodka bev boasts cranberry juice, tart cherry juice and fresh-squeezed lime.
17. Frozen Sangria
It’s so simple: Just combine frozen and fresh fruit, orange liqueur and your favorite dry red vino in the blender and pulse until smooth. Feel free to add an extra handful of ice to thicken its texture.
18. Cherry Lime Gin And Tonic
Like whiskey, gin is often overlooked when it comes to blended cocktails. But take it for a spin with tonic water, cherry juice, lime and cherries and you won’t be disappointed, promise.
20. Frozen Strawberry Malibu Kombucha Cocktail
Coconut rum + frozen fruit + effervescent kombucha = the most refreshing three-ingredient cocktail of all time.
21. Watermelon Limeade Cocktails
You won’t need to head to the liquor store for ice to make this summery sipper. Frozen cubed watermelon is all it takes to get the slushy consistency you crave.
22. Frozen Peach Margarita
When they’re in season, we put peaches in everything from chicken dishes to salad to dessert, and this recipe just made its way to the top of our list. (P.S.: Coat the rim in Tajín—you can thank us later.)
23. Painkiller Cocktail Popsicles
Want an easy way to wow your barbecue guests? Look no further than these creamy cocktail pops, made with rum, OJ, coconut milk and fresh pineapple. Oh, and don’t be shy with the coconut flakes.
24. Frozen Blueberry Margaritas
These tequila-based cuties are *always* invited to Taco Tuesday.
25. Whiskey Lemonade
You may not think whiskey and lemonade go together at first, but it’s basically like a cheater’s whiskey sour. Muddle a bit of fresh rosemary or mint to take it over the top.
26. Basil Smash Piña Colada
This herbaceous take on the island classic calls for both white and dark rum, but the real star is the salted lime sugar rim.
28. Frozen Blueberry Paloma
Tequila can do more than just margaritas. Case in point: the paloma, made with the spirit and grapefruit juice. This rendition also calls for lime, honey and blueberries.
29. Lavender And White Chocolate Boozy Milkshakes
This drink-dessert hybrid starts with lavender-infused vodka, which takes about two days to steep. But we promise it’s worth the wait, if not for the boozy vanilla ice cream alone.
30. Frozen Irish Mudslide
Behold, a decadent triple-threat made with Irish whiskey, Baileys Irish cream and Kahlúa. We’ll take extra chocolate syrup and whipped cream on ours, please.