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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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Strawberry Frosé at Garage Fishtown

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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

Garage [official photo]

Smoked Rhubarb Daiquiri at Prohibition Taproom

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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

Prohibition Taproom [official photo]

Frosé at Assembly Rooftop Lounge

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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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Rosé Slushy at Walnut Street Cafe

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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]

Krarishma at Veda

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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]

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

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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

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Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita at Silence Dogood's Tavern

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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

Frozen Blood Orange Margarita at El Vez

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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

Buddy Holly Milkshake at Charlie Was a Sinner

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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

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]

Sgroppino at Capofitto

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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]

Frosé and Freezling at Bud & Marilyn's

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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

Bud & Marilyn’s [official photo]

Champagne Pop at The Twisted Tail

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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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Adult Water Ice at Triangle Tavern

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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

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

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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

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Frozen Bloody Mary at Boardroom Spirits Distillery

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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

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Strawberry Frosé at Garage Fishtown

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

Garage [official photo]

Smoked Rhubarb Daiquiri at Prohibition Taproom

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

Prohibition Taproom [official photo]

Frosé at Assembly Rooftop Lounge

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

Assembly [official photo]

Rosé Slushy at Walnut Street Cafe

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

Walnut Street Cafe [official photo]

Krarishma at Veda

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

Veda [official photo]

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

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

inside a crowded bar Thomas Robert Clarke Photography

Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita at Silence Dogood's Tavern

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

Frozen Blood Orange Margarita at El Vez

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

Buddy Holly Milkshake at Charlie Was a Sinner

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

Parc

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

Parc [official photo]

Sgroppino at Capofitto

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

Capofitto [official photo]

Frosé and Freezling at Bud & Marilyn's

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

Bud & Marilyn’s [official photo]

Champagne Pop at The Twisted Tail