Fancy a bit of regression? These chilly drinks are just like the ones from your childhood, but naughtier. Because they’re slushies (you know, icy, sugary bevvies churned in a dedicated machine), but with a good kick of alcohol to heat up your night out while you cool down. From frozen rosé to slushed-up sake, these London bars have transformed cocktail hour for the better (blue tongue optional).
London’s best boozy slushies
Aperol, prosecco, soda. A recipe for the ages. The epitaph on your future tombstone. But have you even tried it frozen, mate? At Foxlow they transform the madly popular, insanely orange Italian aperitif into a funtime drink in a globular glass – served with a slice of orange, naturally. Who knew spritz o’clock could be even more refreshing?
Your prayers have been answered: frosé does indeed mean frozen rosé. While New York is big into the chilly pink drink, London hasn’t quite embraced the slush version of everyone’s fave summer wine... yet! This new Napoleon-themed (yep) rooftop hangout is leading the charge, blending the pink tipple with rosé vermouth and strawberry purée. Indecent enough to make you blush.
London’s so awash with frozen margs, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were down in Acapulco. But the ones at Bad Sports make us loco, a silky texture given a kick in the nads by blanco tequila, lemon and lime. Delve to the bar downstairs for slushie pudding: a frozen banana daiquiri served with a flamingo straw.
Yes, amping up your cocktail by drinking it good and frozen is the absolute dream. But why not go one better by drinking a slushie topped with actual glitter? That’s what they’re serving at The Curtain Hotel’s taqueria, with a glitzy slushie to suit the fashionista crowd. They’re describing as a tequila take on a negroni, and it sparkles on so many levels.
Find yourself pining for the days when sophisticated drinking meant turning your own tongue blue? Then step back in time at Little Nan’s Bar, where they've gone all Slush Puppy with this trippy looking concoction, a blend of coconut rum, raspberry and lime as tropical as it is neon. It’s topped with sweets and sparklers for further regression.
Bobby Fitzpatrick is a retro ’70s shag pad of a bar, so the menu wouldn’t be complete without a piña colada in place. But how about a frozen one churned in an equally retro slushie machine? And of course you get a cheeky cocktail umbrella into the bargain. Make Bobby your new best pal.
Discover more summer drinking in London
If you like piña coladas… well, you’re in good company. The Puerto Rican cocktail probably most associated with sunny climes and beach chugging has also got a bit of a hold on Londoners. So go totally tropical and say hola to these mean versions being mixed in some of London’s best bars.