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16 Frozen Cocktails to Sip in Philly This Summer

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Thanks to the advent of frosé and other sophisticatedly slushy takes on summer drinks, the frozen cocktail is no longer relegated to beachside locales. This season, save the pina coladas and banana daiquiris for the pool, and cool off with these icy summer sippers instead.

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1. Strawberry Frosé at Garage Fishtown

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100 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 515-3167
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Unlike most other wine cocktails around town, Garage’s frozen drink packs a bit more punch with strawberry-infused vodka, lemon, and Cranberry Red Bull. $10

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2. Smoked Rhubarb Daiquiri at Prohibition Taproom

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501 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 238-1818
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The first on a menu of rotating sorbet cocktails at Prohibition Taproom is all about sweet and sour rhubarb. It begins with the daiquiri holy trinity of rum, lime, and sugar and mixes in both tangy rhubarb sorbet and and Italian amaro made from the springy stalks. $11

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3. Frosé at Assembly Rooftop Lounge

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1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 783-4171
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At certain hours of the evening, the sunset-hued frosé at this rooftop bar matches the views. A little rosier in color thanks to the addition of strawberries, this cocktail has notes of orange peel and chamomile from the addition of Petal & Thorn’s Imbue vermouth. $14

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4. Rosé Slushy at Walnut Street Cafe

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2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 867-8067
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Walnut Street Cafe’s keen wine team knows which rosé works best in the restaurant’s take on a summertime fave: something juicy and well structured. Adding floral flavors from hibiscus tea and St. Germain makes for a garden-party-ready cocktail. If frosé isn’t your thing, another refreshing option is the Gold Rush. The simple combo of bourbon, honey, and lemon works well as a wintertime warmer, but when spun slushy, the sunny flavors are as bright and refreshing as a julep. $10, or $5 during happy hour

Walnut Street Cafe [official photo]

5. Krarishma at Veda

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1920 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 519-2001
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The herbs and chiles on Veda’s modern Indian menu translate beautifully into a frozen drink that’s both sweet and spicy with green chile-infused tequila, lime, agave, and ginger beer. $12

Veda [official photo]

6. Frozen Green Tea-ni at McGillin's Olde Ale House

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1310 Drury St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 735-5562
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The jury is still out on the beneficial antioxidant qualities of this green tea-less mix of whiskey, peach schnapps, and sour at McGillin’s, but here’s a fact: It goes down cool on a hot summer night. $7.50

inside a crowded bar Thomas Robert Clarke Photography

7. Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita at Silence Dogood's Tavern

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216 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-1400
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Adding a little bit of chile to fresh fruit is the secret to a great Mexican fruit salad, and the same goes for this great cocktail with fresh lime and jalapeño muddled with watermelon and Epsolon tequila at Old City’s Silence Dogood’s. $10.50

8. Frozen Blood Orange Margarita at El Vez

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121 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-9800
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Why bother with neon-hued margarita mixes when you can have a fresh dose of real citrus? At El Vez, complement your chips and guac with a margarita made with blanco tequila and fresh blood orange pureé. $10

9. Buddy Holly Milkshake at Charlie Was a Sinner

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131 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 758-5372
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For everyone who ever thought “That’ll Be The Day” when thinking about vegan boozy milkshakes, well, this season, that day has arrived. Charlie Was a Sinner’s tribute to the late great Buddy Holly includes spiced rum, almondy orgeat syrup, cherry liqueur, and a cookie garnish. $12

10. Parc

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227 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-2262
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Leave it to the folks at Rittenhouse’s premier brasserie to give this French-accented cocktail an extra level of elderflower elegance. Parc’s version marries Provençal rosé with in-season strawberries and a floral layer of St. Germain. $15

Parc [official photo]

11. Sgroppino at Capofitto

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233 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 897-9999
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Channeling Venetian summers, this Old City gelateria and pizzeria riffs on the sgroppino — an Italian drink made with sorbet and prosecco — with seasonal variations that include gin with mint and cucumber and bourbon paired with icy blood orange sorbetto. $14

Capofitto [official photo]

12. Frosé and Freezling at Bud & Marilyn's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2220
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Bud & Marilyn’s was an early frosé adopter, blending in strawberries and vodka. This year they’re adding another varietal to the rotation, spinning sweet Riesling into a new take on the summer sipper. $10, or $6 during happy hour

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13. Champagne Pop at The Twisted Tail

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509 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 558-2471
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Looking to recreate those childhood memories of dripping popsicles on a hot summer day? The Twisted Tail has you covered with fruity flavors like watermelon and berry, all frozen with a float of sparkling wine. $15

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14. Adult Water Ice at Triangle Tavern

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1338 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 800-1992
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Playing off the summertime South Philly favorite, this rehabbed red sauce joint has transformed water ice into an adults-only affair. Those who prefer the classics can opt for lemon, while thirsty customers with a penchant for more tropical flavors can enjoy vodka-spiked coconut, mango, hibiscus, and lime ices at Triangle Tavern. $8

15. Goretti-Rita at Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop and Tasting Room

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1603 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 519-2917
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Longtime South Philly residents will recognize the Catholic school roots this drink gets its name from. The summery cocktail includes locally distilled whiskey blended with tart grapefruit and limes juices. $11

Manatawny [official photo]

16. Frozen Bloody Mary at Boardroom Spirits Distillery

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575 W 3rd St
Lansdale, PA 19446
(267) 642-9961
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A bloody mary always feels a little like a liquid breakfast, but blending frozen cubes of Doylestown’s own Graziano Bloody Mary Mix, worchestershire, horseradish, and lemon vodka elevates the brunch classic to smoothie status. $10

Boardroom Spirits [official photo]

1. Strawberry Frosé at Garage Fishtown

100 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Garage [official photo]

Unlike most other wine cocktails around town, Garage’s frozen drink packs a bit more punch with strawberry-infused vodka, lemon, and Cranberry Red Bull. $10

100 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. Smoked Rhubarb Daiquiri at Prohibition Taproom

501 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Prohibition Taproom [official photo]

The first on a menu of rotating sorbet cocktails at Prohibition Taproom is all about sweet and sour rhubarb. It begins with the daiquiri holy trinity of rum, lime, and sugar and mixes in both tangy rhubarb sorbet and and Italian amaro made from the springy stalks. $11

501 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. Frosé at Assembly Rooftop Lounge

1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Assembly [official photo]

At certain hours of the evening, the sunset-hued frosé at this rooftop bar matches the views. A little rosier in color thanks to the addition of strawberries, this cocktail has notes of orange peel and chamomile from the addition of Petal & Thorn’s Imbue vermouth. $14

1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Rosé Slushy at Walnut Street Cafe

2929 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Walnut Street Cafe [official photo]

Walnut Street Cafe’s keen wine team knows which rosé works best in the restaurant’s take on a summertime fave: something juicy and well structured. Adding floral flavors from hibiscus tea and St. Germain makes for a garden-party-ready cocktail. If frosé isn’t your thing, another refreshing option is the Gold Rush. The simple combo of bourbon, honey, and lemon works well as a wintertime warmer, but when spun slushy, the sunny flavors are as bright and refreshing as a julep. $10, or $5 during happy hour

2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5. Krarishma at Veda

1920 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Veda [official photo]

The herbs and chiles on Veda’s modern Indian menu translate beautifully into a frozen drink that’s both sweet and spicy with green chile-infused tequila, lime, agave, and ginger beer. $12

1920 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Frozen Green Tea-ni at McGillin's Olde Ale House

1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
inside a crowded bar Thomas Robert Clarke Photography

The jury is still out on the beneficial antioxidant qualities of this green tea-less mix of whiskey, peach schnapps, and sour at McGillin’s, but here’s a fact: It goes down cool on a hot summer night. $7.50

1310 Drury St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita at Silence Dogood's Tavern

216 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Adding a little bit of chile to fresh fruit is the secret to a great Mexican fruit salad, and the same goes for this great cocktail with fresh lime and jalapeño muddled with watermelon and Epsolon tequila at Old City’s Silence Dogood’s. $10.50

216 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Frozen Blood Orange Margarita at El Vez

121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Why bother with neon-hued margarita mixes when you can have a fresh dose of real citrus? At El Vez, complement your chips and guac with a margarita made with blanco tequila and fresh blood orange pureé. $10

121 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Buddy Holly Milkshake at Charlie Was a Sinner

131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For everyone who ever thought “That’ll Be The Day” when thinking about vegan boozy milkshakes, well, this season, that day has arrived. Charlie Was a Sinner’s tribute to the late great Buddy Holly includes spiced rum, almondy orgeat syrup, cherry liqueur, and a cookie garnish. $12

131 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Parc

227 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Parc [official photo]

Leave it to the folks at Rittenhouse’s premier brasserie to give this French-accented cocktail an extra level of elderflower elegance. Parc’s version marries Provençal rosé with in-season strawberries and a floral layer of St. Germain. $15

227 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

11. Sgroppino at Capofitto

233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Capofitto [official photo]

Channeling Venetian summers, this Old City gelateria and pizzeria riffs on the sgroppino — an Italian drink made with sorbet and prosecco — with seasonal variations that include gin with mint and cucumber and bourbon paired with icy blood orange sorbetto. $14

233 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12. Frosé and Freezling at Bud & Marilyn's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Bud & Marilyn’s [official photo]

Bud & Marilyn’s was an early frosé adopter, blending in strawberries and vodka. This year they’re adding another varietal to the rotation, spinning sweet Riesling into a new take on the summer sipper. $10, or $6 during happy hour

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

13. Champagne Pop at The Twisted Tail

509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Twisted Tail [official photo]

Looking to recreate those childhood memories of dripping popsicles on a hot summer day? The Twisted Tail has you covered with fruity flavors like watermelon and berry, all frozen with a float of sparkling wine. $15

509 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Adult Water Ice at Triangle Tavern

1338 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Playing off the summertime South Philly favorite, this rehabbed red sauce joint has transformed water ice into an adults-only affair. Those who prefer the classics can opt for lemon, while thirsty customers with a penchant for more tropical flavors can enjoy vodka-spiked coconut, mango, hibiscus, and lime ices at Triangle Tavern. $8

1338 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

15. Goretti-Rita at Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop and Tasting Room

1603 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Manatawny [official photo]

Longtime South Philly residents will recognize the Catholic school roots this drink gets its name from. The summery cocktail includes locally distilled whiskey blended with tart grapefruit and limes juices. $11

1603 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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16. Frozen Bloody Mary at Boardroom Spirits Distillery

575 W 3rd St, Lansdale, PA 19446
Boardroom Spirits [official photo]

A bloody mary always feels a little like a liquid breakfast, but blending frozen cubes of Doylestown’s own Graziano Bloody Mary Mix, worchestershire, horseradish, and lemon vodka elevates the brunch classic to smoothie status. $10

575 W 3rd St
Lansdale, PA 19446

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