10 Frozen Summer Cocktails to Keep Your Cool

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

Frozen Piña Colada

Frozen pina colada with umbrella and cherry on top
The ultimate vacation drink, this rum-based pineapple cocktail is enriched with cream of coconut and half-and-half. Get the recipe for Frozen Piña Colada » D.J. Costantino

Walking Stick

Walking Stick cocktail
Smoky mezcal and sweet dark rum combine to form a unified spirit in this Cuban-inspired cocktail from Jason Asher of Counter Intuitive. Bittersweet Campari and fruity Cherry Heering add balance while cinnamon syrup adds a spicy, warming bite. Get the recipe for Walking Stick » Matt Taylor-Gross

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

Pomegranate Fig Smash

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 Pomegranate Fig Smash » 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