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The best frozen cocktails in London

Kick back and cool down with these boozy takes on slushie drinks served in London bars

By Laura Richards
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Are things heating up in the capital? Then take the edge off with a bevvy that’ll hit the spot about five times faster than a G&T and ten times quicker an ice-cold beer. These frozen cocktails served in London bars are frosty works of art so delicious, you’ll want to knock these back in one (brain freeze, be damned). Or if you fancy a bit of regression, go for the chilly drink from your childhood, but naughtier. We’re talking slushies (you know, icy, sugary bevvies churned in a dedicated machine) with an added kick of alcohol to heat up your night out while you cool down. From frozen rosé to slushed-up gin, these London bars and restaurants have transformed summer cocktail hour for the better (blue tongue optional).

London’s best boozy slushies

1. Champagne Piña Colada, Coupette, £11.50

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Bethnal Green

This silky take on the iconic (we don’t say that lightly) tropical cocktail gets its chill factor from a blitz in the blender with coconut sorbet. It’s being served in French-influenced bar Coupette, and so the pièce de résistance is its Champagne top, which elevates this frosty offering to something far more classy than the drink you heard about in that naff old song. Oh là là, indeed.

2. Pink Med G&T at Camino Shoreditch, £8

Restaurants Spanish Shoreditch

‘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 the Pink Med G&T instead. Spanish restaurant group Camino has made its slushy take on the classic G&T even more fun with the addition of red fruits to form the Pink Med G&T. Thanks to them, getting pink in the sun is now totally socially acceptable.

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3. Prosecco Slushie at Pastaio, £4.50

Restaurants Italian Soho

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 actually guarantee brain freeze as you try and gulp it down in one.

4. Frosé at Bar Elba, £9.90

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Waterloo

Your prayers have been answered: frosé does indeed mean frozen rosé. While the coolest cities in The US are 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. Brr-illiant stuff.

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Sgroppino at Swift, one of the world's best cocktails
Sgroppino at Swift, one of the world's best cocktails
Photograph: Addie Chinn

5. Sgroppino at Swift, £8

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

Swift’s take on a forgotten classic isn’t perhaps the purest definition of a frozen cocktail, but it gives us chills every time we think about it – it’s just that good. A prosecco-and-bergamot-liqueur base gets a healthy dollop of lemon sorbet delicately placed in its middle. It comes with a spoon on the side in case you fancy ploughing into that sorbet right away, but we recommend you savour this drink from sip to sip as it dissolves and changes flavour. It’s like some sort of boozy magic trick. 

6. Mali-Blue at Little Nan’s Bar, £5

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Deptford

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.

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7. Frozen Banana Ramos at Murder Inc, £6

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Fitzrovia

During happy hour, you can pick up one of these puppies for just £6. Its blend of Jagermeister with banana milk, coconut cream, egg white, citrus and stout probably sounds a bit funky, but it’s a fun and fruity froth-topped creation. Plus, the subterranean setting should also help take the edge off on a swelteringly hot day in sticky central London. 

8. Frozen Margarita at El Pastor, £7.50

Restaurants Mexican Borough Market

London’s so awash with frozen margs, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were living it up in Cancun. But the ones at El Pastor still make us the most loco, a silky texture with a kick in the cojones from blanco tequila, lime and orange blossom honey. Just what you need for cooling down after a round of fiery tacos.

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Elementary frozen cocktails, coffee
Elementary frozen cocktails, coffee
Laura Richards

9. Elementary Frozen Cocktail at Elementary, £8

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Old Street

At the best new bar in London, they always have a seasonal frozen cocktail churning away in the slushie machine. We‘ve already gotten extremely lucky with a Sex on the Beach on a recent visit. And despite its brown, sludgy appearance, an Elementary Frozen Coffee spiked with rum, coconut and condensed milk is the ultimate pick-me-up – a seriously low-temp caffeine high.

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