50 States of Frozen Drinks
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The Velvet Orange at Big Orange: Little Rock, Ark.
Champagne Slushie at Soda & Swine: San Diego
Great North Huckleberry Sorbet at Trailhead Spirits: Billings, Mont.
Pinewood Social Sangria at Pinewood Social: Nashville
Equal parts restaurant, bar, coffee shop, bowling alley and pool, this fun, multipurpose Nashville hot spot has it all. A glass of their sangria deftly beats the Tennessee heat; it mingles Montepulciano wine with Laird’s Applejack, orange and grapefruit juices, simple syrup, elderflower liqueur, dry curacao, Sprite, water and orange blossom water, and it’s served from a frozen-drink machine.
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49th State Swizzle at Blues Central: Anchorage, Alaska
A riff on the classic Alaska Cocktail from the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, this refreshing honey sipper conceals a spicy bite. Gin from local Port Chilkoot Distillery is swizzled with Yellow Chartreuse, Bénédictine, honey and grapefruit juice, then topped with crushed ice and saturated with Peychaud’s Bitters. It’s the drink to sip on endless summer nights under the midnight sun.
Frozen Negroni at Alta Linea: New York
Restaurateur Joe Capanale created a twist on the Negroni — his favorite cocktail — that’s made for alfresco drinking. He partnered with Kelvin Natural Slush Co. to create a smooth, blended drink that captures the enticing bittersweet herbal notes (and ruby hue) of the original. For his rendition, local gin is mixed with Campari and sweet vermouth, then garnished with orange.
Alta Linea: Alta Linea
El Diablo Margarita at La Hacienda: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Frozen Sangria at the Basque Market: Boise, Idaho
Latitude 29 Banshee at Latitude 29: New Orleans
Head bartender Brad Smith's drink at Jeff "Beachbum" Berry’s award-winning tiki bar is a new take on the Banana Banshee — a disco-era frozen sip. He "steers the 1970s 'boat drink' into uncharted new waters" with layers of flavor; coconut milk, a whole banana, lime, dark Jamaican rum, Aztec chocolate bitters and Angostura bitters are frapped and served in a souvenir mug.
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Frozen Peach Nectar Bellini at Severin Bar: Indianapolis
Frozen Blackberry Sage Smash at Cucina at The Lodge: Vail, Colo.
Firemelonrita at Oaxaca Kitchen: New Haven, Conn.
Zombie Unicorn Shake at Zombie Burger: Des Moines
Trinity Tower at Sable Kitchen & Bar: Chicago
A trio of awe-inspiring sights during bartender Jessica Lambert’s first visit to the Windy City inspired this DIY cocktail. The mirrored base symbolizes the funky Cloud Gate sculpture, the purees’ colors pay tribute to the gardens in Millennium Park, and the tall carafe represents Chicago’s architecture. Guests pour the 50-50 gin and Cocchi Americano martini over frozen fruit purees, leading to three cocktails that evolve as they melt.
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Frozen Aperol Spritz at 2 Birds 1 Stone: Washington, D.C.
Pineapple Punch at Rum + Tequila Experience: Amelia Island, Fla.
Peachy Belle No. 5 at Tupelo Honey Cafe: Sandy Springs, Ga.
Cross a pina colada with peach pie and sweet tea and you get a frozen daiquiri that’s an homage to Georgia’s official state fruit and its unofficial favorite caffeinated beverage. Peach moonshine and sweet tea are blended with peach liqueur, white peach puree, pineapple juice, coconut milk, lime juice and Earl Grey bitters, then topped with whipped cream, basil sugar and lime.
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Frozen Coconut Mojito at The Modern: Honolulu, Hawaii
A refreshing favorite from one sunny oasis (Cuba) to another (Oahu), this modern twist on the mojito blends the island’s flavors in a unique way. The mixture of coconut rum, coconut syrup, mint, housemade nondairy horchata and lime is blended together with ice, and the result is a green concoction that looks as verdant as Oahu’s lush landscape.
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Rosé Wine Slushie at the Infinite Monkey Theorem: Austin
Watermelon Weekender at Magnolia Hotel: Omaha
Dodge City Daiquiri at Boot Hill Distillery: Dodge City, Kan.
Mint Julep Slushie at Feast BBQ: Louisville, Ky.
Difficult as it may be for a native Kentuckian to believe, not everyone enjoys a traditional mint julep. This frozen version uses the same basic ingredients — bourbon, water, simple syrup and mint — with lots and lots of blended ice to keep things more approachable for the whiskey-averse. Slightly elevated and more accessible, it’s still a fitting way to imbibe the spirit of the Derby.
Sake Snow Cone at Tempo Dulu: Portland, Maine
Mediterranean Sunset at PassionFish: Bethesda, Md.
The idea of a fun and flashier version of the pina colada is what inspired staff of this coastal-cuisine-focused restaurant to invent the Mediterranean Sunset. Sure, it’s got the required rum (coconut rum, to be exact) as well as pineapple juice and cream of coconut, but amaretto adds an unexpected hint of almond flavor, while grenadine gives it a pop of color. The mermaid garnish mirrors the warm blue sea.
The Emerald at A*T Ariccia Trattoria: Auburn, Ala.
Summer Series Mojito at Precinct Kitchen + Bar: Boston
Regular Mojito just not cold enough for you? Then stay chill with this riff from Precinct Restaurant + Bar at the Loews Hotel in Boston. Cruzan Rum is mixed with simple syrup, mint and lime, then served over crushed ice with a scoop of frozen lime sorbet. Grab one any Saturday afternoon while listening to live music and slurping down some just-shucked oysters with a few friends.
Detroit Vice at The Fountain Detroit: Detroit
Watermelon Popsicle Margarita at The SIX15 Room: Minneapolis
Bushwhacker at Ajax Seafood Kitchen & Bar: Gulfport, Miss.
Ajax Seafood Kitchen & Bar: Ajax Seafood Kitchen & Bar
Sunshine Boulevard at Snow & Company: Kansas City, Mo.
Roxanne at Anasazi Restaurant: Santa Fe, N.M.
Lava Flow at Nalu Surf Bar & Grill: Dewey Beach, Del.
Plum Freeze at Trummer's on Main: Clifton, Va.
Grasshopper at R&J Lounge and Supper Club: Oklahoma City
Fresca Fizz at Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca: Las Vegas
Mother Mason's Delight at Downtown Cheers Grille and Bar: Concord, N.H.
Frozen Summer House at Le Club Avenue: Long Branch, N.J.
At this restaurant, beach club and lounge, a Parisian bistro gets a dose of St. Tropez chic on the Atlantic shorefront. This heady cocktail blends cucumber-scented gin with elderflower liqueur, melon puree, lemon and simple syrup. Sip it and dream of hammocks at an oceanfront beach house.
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Blue Ridge Sunset at The Cut Cocktail Lounge: Sylva, N.C.
Perusing the stalls at local farmers markets, bartender Jacque Laura was inspired to create a drink using fresh, seasonal produce. Her layered libation starts with a blend of blackberries, agave, Tuaca and bitters, to which she adds a layer of blended peaches, agave, more Tuaca and bourbon. The result is totally reminiscent of a North Carolina sunset.
Granita 75 at Mezzaluna: Fargo, N.D.
PBP Cocktail at Porco Lounge & Tiki Room: Cleveland
The Pony Boy at Little Bird Bistro: Portland, Ore.
Take a trip to French Polynesia by way of Portland with this soda fountain treat that’s also an ode to the bounties of the Pacific Northwest. The concoction blends shrub made from local strawberries with locally sourced vanilla ice cream and rum. A float of soda water makes a frothy, delicious mess that can be sipped with a straw or slurped with a spoon.
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Old Stormalong at The Copper Grouse: Manchester, Vt.
Sgroppino at Capofitto: Philadelphia
George's Strawberry Basil Chi at George's of Galilee: Narragansett, R.I.
Rita's Frizzle at Rita's Seaside Grille: Folly Beach, S.C.
The Ophelia at Parker's Bistro: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Watermelon Margarita at Under Current Bar: Salt Lake City
Runner's Revenge at Pennyroyal: Seattle
Don’t let this drink’s appearance fool you: It may be green in color, but it’s no healthy smoothie. Bartender Will Holland did create a similar nonalcoholic version for a father and son to drink post-run. In cocktail form, it blends gin with five healthy ingredients: lemon, lime, honey, mint and cucumber. If you skip your workout to sip one of these instead, we won’t tell.