17 new frozen cocktails to try this summer

Cool down this summer by sipping (and eating) these new icy-cold cocktails available at bars around Chicago
A new version of the icy Daily Shave is available each day at Cochon Volant.
Photograph: Michael Heliker A new version of the icy Daily Shave is available each day at Cochon Volant.
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Summer in Chicago means street festivals, hitting the beach and drinking as many cool cocktails as possible. Bars in Chicago are embracing frozen drinks more than ever this season, with snow cones, push-pops and icy mango lassis. Here's where to cool down with a drink in hand.

Frozen hurricane at Analogue
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Hurricane at Analogue, $8

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Analogue serves fantastic Cajun food, and this summer they've added a frozen daiquiri machine like you see all over New Orleans. But these aren't the sugary concoctions you get on Bourbon Street—instead there's a classic Hurricane, made with rum, lime, grenadine and orange curacao, and a frozen Ramos gin fizz, with gin, lemon, lime, cream and orange flower water.

Frozen pisco colada at Celeste
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Electric Pisco Colada at Celeste, $13

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Celeste's fourth floor is a lush garden space, and it's the only spot in the bar where you can get frozen drinks, like the Electric Pisco Colada, made with pisco, roasted pineapple puree, housemade coconut milk and Creme de Noyaux, an almond-flavored cream liqueur.

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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Frozen at the Game Room, $10

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Paul McGee's Game Room menu at the new Chicago Athletic Association names its drinks by style, like the Highball, Collins and Frozen, a cocktail made with gin, blackberry, lemon, Fernet and mint. While the options will rotate, there will always be a frozen drink on the menu, which is ideal after working up a sweat playing bocce.

Daily shave at Cochon Volant
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Restaurants, Brasseries

Daily Shave at Cochon Volant, $14

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Beverage director Anthony Mitchell offers the Daily Shave, a daily-changing cocktail that's showered with feathery ice from a manual Japanese ice shaving machine. On my visit, it was a shaved ice mai tai, and it was delightful.

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Restaurants, Seafood

Rosé Snow Cone at Expat, $5

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The adorable new seasonal sidewalk cafe offers a trio of boozy snow cones—a sidecar, limoncello and rosé, with a healthy slug of the fruity, summery wine.

Rodeo Sweetheart at Frontier
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Rodeo Sweetheart at Frontier, $5

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Frontier has a terrific outdoor patio, which is the ideal spot to sip the Rodeo Sweetheart, a fruity frozen cocktail made with Ketel One vodka, dark rum, pineapple, banana and lime.
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Bars, Beer bars

Blackberry Sgroppino at Lone Wolf, $12

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Lone Wolf has served sgroppinos, sorbet cocktails, since it opened, and for this summer they've added a new flavor—blackberry. It's made with vodka, blackberry lemon sorbet and topped with fizzy prosecco.

Lost Lake
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Tic-Tac-Taxi at Lost Lake, $12

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When Paul McGee opened Lost Lake in January 2015, he brought along the Tic-Tac-Taxi, a coconut-passionfruit-rum slushie that's a permanent fixture on the menu, and great no matter the season.
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Mott St shaved ice cocktai with watermelon juice, chili, salt and mezcal.
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Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Shaved Ice Cocktails at Mott St., $12

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Each summer, Mott St. serves shaved ice cocktails on its patio. This year, there are three new ones to try—watermelon juice with mezcal, chili and salt; guava, honey shrub and triple sec; and a daiquiri-inspired cocktail, made from rum, lime and chili. 
Lemon ice slushie at Nonna's
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Restaurants, Sandwich shops

Lemon Ice Slushie at Nonna's, $8

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Nonna's, the tiny sandwich shop next to Formento's, is serving lemon ice slushies this summer. The non-alcoholic version is $4, but for $4 more, you can get it spiked with vodka.

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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Frozen Sangria at Oak + Char, $6

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Each Sunday, Oak + Char serves frozen sangria by the glass for $6. If you've brought a group of friends, get the $25 pitcher.

Purple drink at Parson’s Chicken & Fish
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Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Purple Drink at Parson's Chicken & Fish, $8

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Parson's is famous for its boozy, icy negroni slushie, and each summer the restaurant plays around by putting new cocktails in the machine. This year, that means a margarita, as well as a frozen version of the Purple Drink, made with red wine, port and orange blossom water.
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Mango Lassi at Pub Royale.
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Bars, Pubs

Mango Lassi at Pub Royale, $8

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The British-Indian-themed bar serves funky frozen mango lassis, made with yogurt, mango, honey and bitters and spiked with rum, Batavia Arrack and Ancho Reyes chile liqueur. The drink is garnished with sweet paprika and mint, and it’s super boozy but refreshing.

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Bars, Dive bars

Sporting Julep Cone at Sportsman's Club, $5

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Sportsman’s Club serves up boozy snow cones all summer. The Sporting Julep Cone is made with bourbon, Branca Menta, Letherbee Besk and mint, and bartenders will also serve special rotating flavors.
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Negroni Push Pop at Wood, $5

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Wood beverage director Tommy Lansaw is making Negroni Push Pops with Campari, Caorunn Gin, sweet vermouth and grapefruit and orange juices. The pop will be available through the end of June, and he'll be adding new variations for the rest of the summer.

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