London’s best boozy slushies
What happens when the two best frozen drinks meet one of London’s best bars? Well, magic, of course. Meet the Frosé Margarita (yep, frosé meets margs), a millennial-pink slushie that is so indecent, it’ll make you blush until you’re about the same colour. There’s tequila, rhubarb and pink vermouth in the mix of this drink, served up in a humble basement dive bar serving some of the best cocktails in town.
‘Ah, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a gin and tonic in the sun,’ said the old you. Because the new you is going to be all over Camino’s Frozen G&T instead, a super-chilled take on the summer classic made from London Dry gin and tonic syrup. You can choose to have it as is or pimped with rosemary, Seville orange or pink peppercorns. Brr-illiant.
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 Napoleon-themed (yep) rooftop hangout is leading the charge, blending the pink tipple with rosé vermouth and strawberry purée.
Feeling the heat in SE15? The Monty has hijacked a Slush Puppie machine to help cool down its customers. In one machine, they mix up an extra-creamy piña colada while the second is dedicated to a strawberry daiquiri. But you want to ask them to mix these chilly concoctions together to create a lurid-looking and totally retro Miami Vice. Red and yellow hasn’t looked so good since the McDonald’s logo.
London’s so awash with frozen margs, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were down in Acapulco. But the ones at El Pastor make us loco, a silky texture given a kick in the nads by blanco tequila, lime and orange blossom honey. Just what you need for cooling down after a round of fiery tacos.
Live your best life at Pastaio, where they take Italy’s most popular export to the next level. Prosecco is churned up with lemon and grappa to achieve a silky smooth slushie drink that pairs surprisingly well with plates of pasta. It’s such a delicious blend, we guarantee brain freeze as you try and gulp it down in one.
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.