Summer is heating up along the Crystal Coast and amidst all the ideas for cooling it down a notch, we keep coming back to the notion of frozen cocktails. Perhaps it’s just that they’re so appealing at 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon – when they’re entirely out of reach for the working class. Or maybe it’s because frozen beverages are just so darned summery that it’s hard to get through a warm sunny day without at least daydreaming about something cold and frosty.

Big Freeze

A well-made frozen drink is a work of art. A good frozen drink starts with the ice – the one thing we all have easy access to. For consistency, experts recommend crushed ice as a starter or smaller cubes. Large ice cube from traditional ice cube trays may be too big and can put a strain on the blender. As a basic rule, liquid and ice should be used in equal measure and care should be taken to use the same amount for each trip to the blender.

Don’t feel like you have to purchase the most powerful blender on the block. Experts do recommend, however, that budding bartenders invest in one that has a glass container as opposed to plastic. Regardless of the blender type, always use it on its highest setting when crushing ice.

For some recipes, as you’ll see below, don’t even require a blender at all. With a little forethought and planning (and a night in the freezer) frozen drinks can be within reach for anyone. The result, we hope, will be a blended concoction sure to help you beat the heat!

Rock Lobster

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 1/2 ounce banana liqueur
  • 1/2 ripe banana (peeled)
  • Dash of pineapple juice
  • Dash of orange juice
  • Dash of grenadine

Strawberry Mango Margarita

  • 5 ounces triple sec
  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 12 ounces mango juice
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 3 1/2 cups ice

Cosmopolitan Slush

  • 10 ounce (1 1/4 cups) citrus-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup Rose’s lime juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 ice cube trays

Combine ingredients and pour into ice cube trays. Freeze for at least five hours. Place in a large bowl and break apart with a fork prior to serving.

Frozen Lemonade

  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 3 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut rum  
  • Lime wedge to garnish

Blueberry Limeade

  • 3 ounces blueberry puree
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 9 ounces lime juice
  • 6 ounces simple syrup
  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 3 cup ice
  • Frozen Mojito

  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 12-14 mint leaves plus extra leaves or sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chilled white rum
  • 2 cups of ice

Sea Breeze Slush

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups vodka
  • 12 oz frozen cranberry juice concentrate
  • 6 oz frozen grapefruit juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 liter lemon-lime soda

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