Frozen cocktails are delicious and would be the perfect treat on a hot summer evening. There are many restaurants and bars that offer a huge variety of slushies. Why not try and make them at home? We have 13 frozen cocktail recipes for you – from Cosmopolitan to Margarita and Peach Bellini and will tell you some tips and tricks for making the perfect summer drink!
Frozen cocktails appeared in the early 1950s in the United States with the growing popularity of kitchen electric blenders. If you have never tried one before, then you should know that these are cocktails made from berries, fruits, vegetables and even herbs, adding an alcoholic drink and everything is mixed in a blender with crashed ice. The result is a substance similar in texture to melted snow.
What ingredients can you use for your frozen cocktails?
Frozen cocktail recipes are diverse and allow you to use a huge variety of ingredients, fruits and vegetables. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- Banana – A win-win combination is a banana with any rum, whiskey or liquor. Below you will find a recipe for the famous Tequila Sunrise and Screwdriver.
- Oranges – The first thing that comes to mind is vodka or rum.
- Apples are another great fruit to use for your frozen cocktails as they are both sweet and acidic. A win-win option, of course, is vodka. Apples are a great combination with Vanilla vodka and if you like cinnamon flavor, add it for an additional depth.
- Peaches – they are delicious, fragrant and you can try the famous Bellini in a frozen version!
- Watermelon combines perfectly with vodka, tequila or rum. You can also make white wine cocktails. For best results, choose semi-dry or semi-sweet wine.
- Of course, strawberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, melon, lime, lemons – all of these can be used for your summer cocktails.
As far as alcoholic drinks that are suitable for preparing frozen cocktail recipes, there is no limit. You can use vodka, pina colada, rum, gin, prosecco, cognac, tequila, etc.
Tips and tricks to make the perfect frozen cocktail
If you have already tried to make frozen cocktails at home and the result was not what you expected, there is a good chance that you did not know some of the tricks. Here are some of the most important secrets that you need to know:
Use a powerful blender. You need a powerful blender that can easily turn ice into a fine slush. There is nothing worse than having huge pieces of ice in the drink. Use a blender with a glass bowl. It is unlikely that pieces of ice will break a plastic bowl, but a glass one is still better.
Use crushed ice, not cubes. It is easier to achieve a uniform consistency with crashed ice. Making crashed ice is quite simple: take your cubes, wrap them in a towel and start beating them with a rolling pin or any other heavy object. Take care of your fingers only.
Prepare the fruits. When preparing fruits for grinding in a blender, do not forget to peel and de-seed them. Then cut the fruits into more or less small pieces. You can use frozen fruits as well. You can buy packaged frozen fruit in your grocery store or freeze fruit cubes at home. The result will be a thicker cocktail with better consistency.
Do not overmix your frozen cocktails. One of the most common mistakes when making a frozen cocktail is to mix them for too long. This can result in a drink that is too thin or too liquid. That perfect mushy consistency of a slushy should be your ultimate goal.
Start at a low mixing speed. High speed is another common mistake which is due to your impatience. In addition, high speed can damage or even destroy your blender knives. Begin with a few pulses just to break up the ingredients. Start with a low speed and gradually increase it until you reach the highest level. A little patience helps to create the perfect slush ice cocktail.
Do not forget that frozen cocktails should be drunk slowly. It’s all about taste and pleasure!
Frozen strawberry daiquiri recipe
400g hulled strawberries, frozen for at least 4 hours, plus 4 fresh strawberry slices, to garnish
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 2 limes, juiced
- 175 ml white rum
- 100 ml lemonade
In a blender, blitz all the ingredients with 4 ice cubes for a few seconds, reserving the strawberry slices.
Divide the liquid between 4 large, chilled martini glasses. Garnish the rim of each glass with a strawberry slice.
Frozen Mango Margarita
- 4 cups frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 ½ cups fresh orange juice
- 4 limes, juiced
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar, plus more for the rim of the glass
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Chili-lime seasoning
- ¼ cup fresh mint
Place the frozen mango, ice cubes, orange juice, lime juice, agave nectar, and honey into a large blender. Blend until smooth and no chunks remain.
To coat the rim of the glass. Add chili lime seasoning to a plate and the extra agave nectar to a shallow bowl. Dip the rim of each margarita glass into the agave nectar then the chili-lime seasoning.
Pour the mango margarita into the glass and garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint.
Frozen Gin Fizz Recipe
- 350 ml traditional lemonade
- 100 ml gin
- 2 tsp. caster sugar
- Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus slices to garnish
Pour lemonade into a medium baking tray and freeze for at least 6hr, or overnight.
Break frozen lemonade into clumps, place in a blender with gin and sugar and whizz to a slushy consistency.
Divide between 2 glasses and garnish each with a lemon slice.
Frozen gin and tonic recipe
- ¼ cup cucumber, about 5 slices that are cut 1/2″ thick.
- 4 oz gin
- 2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 oz tonic water
- 2 oz simple syrup
- 2 ½ cups ice
Squeeze the limes for the juice and slice about five 1/2″ thick pieces of cucumber.
Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth!
Frozen Negroni Recipe
- 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.
Frozen Peach Bellini Recipe
- 2 cups frozen peach slices
- ½ cup peach vodka
- ¼ cup grenadine
- Champagne or Prosecco
- Fresh peach slices for garnish
- Fresh mint for garnish
Combine peach slices and peach vodka in a blender and pulse until smooth.
Pour the peach mixture into 2 champagne flutes until half full. Drizzle in grenadine, then fill glasses to the top with champagne or prosecco.
Serve immediately, garnished with peach slices and mint.
Frozen pina colada cocktail
- 4 scoops coconut ice cream
- 2 oz light rum
- 1 oz coconut flavor vodka
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ Tablespoon agave syrup
- maraschino cherries, to garnish
- pineapple wedges, to garnish
In a blender, combine coconut ice cream, light rum, coconut vodka, pineapple juice, frozen pineapple chunks, and agave syrup.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into serving glasses.
Garnish with maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge.
Chi-Chi Frozen Cocktail
- 1/2 cup ice
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce blue curaçao
- 1/2 ounce coconut cream
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple cubes
- 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
- Pineapple wedges for garnish
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into a chilled glass.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
Frozen Cosmopolitan Recipe
- 2 oz vodka
- ¾ oz. triple sec
- 2 oz cranberry juice
- 10ml lime juice
- 1 cup ice
- Lime wedges for garnish
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend everything until it forms a slushy consistency.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Aperol Spritz slushie
- 1 orange
- Ice cubes
- 300ml Aperol
- 600ml chilled prosecco
- 200ml chilled soda water
- Bay leaves, to serve
Place orange in a saucepan and cover with cold water, placing a small heatproof saucer over orange to keep it submerged. Bring to the boil over medium heat and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes or until very soft.
Cool completely, then transfer to a blender and whiz until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl. Line glasses with orange puree.
Fill blender with ice, add Aperol and blend until smooth and slushie-like.
Spoon into glasses.
Top with prosecco and soda.
Frozen Screwdriver Recipe
- 3 oz. (90ml) Vodka
- Orange Juice
- Orange Wheel for garnish
Freeze orange juice into ice cubes. Once solid add to blender with vodka.
Combine until smooth and pour into glass before garnishing with an orange wheel.
Frozen Tequila Sunrise
- 3 cups ice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 oz. tequila
- 2 Tbsp. grenadine syrup
- Orange slices for garnish
- Maraschino cherries for garnish
Add ice, orange juice and tequila to a blender.
Pulse a bit and then blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into two tall glasses.
Carefully pour 1 tablespoon of grenadine down the inside of the glass and it will sink to the bottom. Do not stir.
Garnish with orange slices and a maraschino cherry.
Frozen watermelon daiquiri
- 4 cups frozen seedless watermelon cubes
- 1/2 cup light rum
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons simple syrup
Mix frozen watermelon cubes, rum, lime juice, orange juice, and simple syrup in a blender until smooth.
Serve immediately, garnished with a wedge of lime.