Move aside frosé—there’s a new batch of frozen cocktails in town. While we love classic cocktails in all of their glory, sometimes, when the weather warms up, you just need a slushy drink to cool you down. These frozen takes on four tried-and-true faves will have you feeling very chill (in every sense of the word) all summer long.
Pro tip: If you’re hosting a summer gathering, these frozen recipes can be easily scaled up for big, party-sized batches. Enjoy!
There’s nothing quite like a classic negroni—bitter Campari mixes with sweet vermouth and gin for a perfectly balanced, refreshing drink. But come summer time, when the temperatures rise, we can’t be blamed for wanting all of our drinks to be a bit heavier on the ice. This recipe uses orange juice, which makes it more sippable for daytime drinking—but if you’re a cocktail purist, feel free to omit. It will be good either way.
12 ounces orange juice
4 ounces Campari
4 ounces gin
4 ounces sweet vermouth
4 cups ice
Orange twists, for garnish
In a blender, combine all the ingredients, except for the orange peels, and blend until smooth. Divide between glasses and garnish each with an orange twist.
(Source: Tasting Table)
Frozen Aperol Spritz
The only thing dreamier than a bright, refreshing spritzer is a frozen one. Say hello to Plated’s favorite new drink of the summer season: the frozen Aperol Spritz. If you want to get super creative, you can use sorbet as the base (rather than ice) to further boost the flavor and give the drink a silkier texture.
Whiskey lovers are often left out of these frozen drink situations, which tend to rely heavily on rum, vodka, and wine as their base. This variation on the classic Manhattan brings them back in the fold. Made with cherry-infused whiskey for an added touch of sweetness, this icy cocktail brings a bit of whimsy to even the most serious whiskey-sipper.
2.5 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 teaspoon bitters
6 ounces water
2 ounces simple syrup
Place cherries and whiskey in an airtight container. Let sit for at least 72 hours. Remove cherries from whiskey and reserve for garnish.
Combine cherry-infused whiskey, vermouth, bitters, water, and simple syrup in a metal bowl. Put the bowl in the freezer, removing every 10–15 minutes to stir, until the mixture reaches a slush-like consistency. Serve chilled, garnished with a reserved cherry in each drink.
(Adapted from The Daily Meal)
There’s nothing classier than a simple, perfectly chilled martini. But sometimes, even the most tested, long-lasting recipes can benefit from a summer facelift. We’ve taken this classic drink and reimagined its summertime cousin, which is frozen (of course) and infused with rosemary for an herby, warm weather cocktail. Pinkies up!
4 ounces gin
2 ounces dry vermouth
1 ounce rosemary liqueur
1 cup ice
Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Olives, for garnish
Place the first four ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a martini glass, and garnish with rosemary sprigs and olives.
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