9 Frozen Summer Cocktails to Keep Your Cool

Nothing's more refreshing than a frosty, slushy drink on a hot day

Mint Julep with Rum Float

Mint Julep
For the perfect mint julep cocktail, smash your ice—but not your mint—then dress it up with a float of good dark rum. The rum is a nod to colonial days, when juleps were often rum-based, and with its barrel-aged character and slight sweetness, a great match for bourbon. Get the recipe for Mint Julep with Rum Float »Matt Taylor-Gross

After the Snow Cocktail

patagonia cocktail
With a base of pisco, a Chilean spirit distilled from the country's native grapes, the After the Snow, a fresh sour cocktail, can be found at the Awasi Lodge in Patagonia. Laced with celery and grapes, which are muddled and hidden under a drift of crushed ice, the drink has a brisk, vegetal note as fresh and delicate as spring's arrival. Get the recipe for After the Snow Cocktail »William Hereford

Frozen Margarita

Frozen Margarita
In 1971 Mariano Martinez figured out how to make frozen margaritas from a soft serve ice cream machine—the rest is history. We recommend using Herradura Silver Tequila for this refreshing variation. Get the recipe for Frozen Margarita »Matt Taylor-Gross

Strawberry-Lillet Crush

Strawberry-Lillet Crush
Muddled strawberries and mint star in a refreshing, lightly sweet cocktail that packs a punch. We like to use Plymouth gin, which has a balanced, restrained flavor profile that won't overwhelm the other flavors in the drink, but you can substitute any gin you prefer. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Lillet Crush »Farideh Sadeghin

Gallagher Smash

Gallagher Smash Cocktail
For this summer refresher, make a syrup with ripe watermelon and sugar, then combines it with sherry, gin, and muddled lemon. Get the recipe for Gallagher Smash »Matt Taylor-Gross

Evening Shade

Evening Shade
Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your cocktails. This summery drink combines peach purée, cucumber, and whiskey. Get the recipe for Evening Shade »Matt Taylor-Gross

Arab Spring

The Arab Spring
This irreverently named cocktail, composed of grenadine, cardamom, fresh mint, and boukha, a Tunisian fig distillate, is tucked away behind the central market of Machane Yehuda. Get the recipe for Arab Spring »Andre Baranowski

Blueberry Jam and Prosecco Cocktail

Blueberry Thyme Cocktail
The dry prosecco adds both effervescence and acidity and the vodka adds a spirited kick to this sophisticated simple cocktail. Get the recipe for Blueberry Jam and Prosecco Cocktail »Matt Taylor-Gross

Plum-Basil Gin Fizz

Plum-Basil Gin Fizz
Deep and sweet, this cocktail is an ideal vehicle for summer's juicy red plums. Get the recipe for Plum-Basil Gin Fizz »Helen Rosner