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Pina colada at Commodore
Photographs: Lizz Kuehl

The most delicious frozen cocktails in NYC

New York’s best frozen cocktails include slushed soju, tropical piña coladas and refreshing frosé

By Christina Izzo, Time Out contributors and Will Gleason
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What better way to toast warm weather than with the best frozen cocktails in NYC? Nothing says summer drinks quite like frosty piña coladas, fruity daiquiris and ice-cold versions of the best margaritas in NYC. Whether you’re specifically looking for frozen rosé or simply something icy to cool down with at a rooftop bar, New York’s best frozen cocktails should be high on your NYC summer drinking bucket list.

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Best frozen cocktails in NYC

1. Penichillin at Diamond Reef

Bars Cocktail bars Bedford-Stuyvesant

To really get into the tiki spirit, you must try the Penichillin, a frosty riff on the famed cocktail Penicillin at Attaboy: With a strong Scotch base and punchy ginger, lemon and honey notes, it’s several notches above your typical frozen drink.

Mother's Ruin
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Nicole T.

2. Daily Slushie at Mother’s Ruin

Bars Cocktail bars Nolita

At this airy Nolita drinkery, co-owners Timothy Lynch and Richard Knapp bring in a rotating cast of star bartenders to sling classic and contemporary drinks. Of particular note is the daily-changing frozen, made in a slushy machine named Kathleen Turner: Past crowd-pleasing flavors range from white sangria to a classic Negroni to watermelon-honeydew.

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The Highwater
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

5. Blue Macaw at the Highwater

Bars Cocktail bars Astoria

The hippest neighborhood in Queens has a literal Highwater mark. Bright and breezy, the Highwater is a tropical oasis for both the down-to-earth and the down-to-fuck. With a kiss of kitsch, the flashy, turquoise Blue Macaw, served for two in a copper pineapple, tastes like cotton candy–flavored bubble gum in the best, cutest way, an evocation amplified when imbibers chew the cocktail’s fresh pineapple chunks.

Frozen Coffee at Skinny Dennis
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Caroline S.

6. Willie’s Frozen Coffee at Skinny Dennis

Bars Dive bars Williamsburg

Bourbon, coffee liqueur, brandy, coffee, milk and sugar combine to make this a boozy slushie a drink that goes down very, very easily. Slurp one down while taking in the fun honky-tonk atmosphere of this Williamsburg bar.

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7. Piña colada at Connolly’s

Bars Pubs Rockaways

With a name like Connolly’s, you’d expect the booze of choice at the dark-wood bar to be Guinness. But the draw of this by-the-surf Irish pub is, of all things, a piña colada. The potent icy drinks come discreetly in Styrofoam cups—easy to sneak onto the beach—with a boozy floater for a buck extra, but the friendly bartenders are known to pour the added shots with a smile and an “on the house.”

Brancolada at Donna
Photograph: Jolie Ruben

8. Brancolada at Donna

Bars Cocktail bars Williamsburg

There are a trio of all-season frozens on offer at this Williamsburg bar, including the Jungle Blizz-ird and the Colada Bird, but the must-order is the Brancolada, a creamy concoction made with golden rum, coconut cream, pepperminty Branca Menta and pineapple and orange juices.

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Loverboy
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Shanae K.

9. Ah Dinnae Ken at Loverboy

Bars Cocktail bars East Village

The team behind Mother's Ruin opened another casually hip bar in the East Village. Drink frozen or on-the-rocks cocktails while munching on pizza. Drink the slushy Ah Dinnae Ken with whiskey, cider, lemon and cinnamon. 

Glady's Liz Clayman
Photograph: Courtesy of Liz Clayman

10. Dark N Slushie at Glady’s

Restaurants Caribbean Crown Heights

Starting off as a sandwich shop, this restaurant’s chef and owner, Michael Jacober, was inspired by Crown Heights’ culinary ethnicity and switched his epicurean gear to create a Caribbean menu. The result: a cozy, aquamarine-colored eatery that’s all about Jamaican fare with brunch, lunch and an extensive island-sourced spirits menu, showcased in cocktails and frozens like this black-rum–splashed frozen dark and stormy.

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Roof at Park South
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Selena Y.

11. Miami Vice at Roof at Park South

Bars Hotel bars Flatiron

This hotel rooftop has you set if you’re chilly on summer nights (snag a seat near the hearth to keep you toasty) or heated on balmy summer days. For the latter, cozy up to a Miami Vice, a layered hybrid of an overproof piña colada and a frozen strawberry daiquiri.

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The Springs
Photograph: Courtesy Sarah Boisjoli

14. Aperol Seltzer at tThe Springs

Bars Cocktail bars Greenpoint

The amount of Hawaiian shirts you'll see encapsulates the playful spirit of the 1950s Palm Springs-themed bar, which is calibrated to be as likeable as possible. Of course, there are three flavors of slushies on tap: The most “on brand” is the Aperol Seltzer, which comes out half melted but doesn’t taste half bad thanks to the rich, citrusy mix of the bittersweet liqueur and sparkling wine.

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Bungalow Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Lynsey H.

15. Frozens at Bungalow Bar

Bars Cocktail bars Rockaways

The closest thing to tropical beach vibes might be at this bayside bar, set with an outdoor deck, tiki bar, live music and weekend DJ sets. Enjoy seafood appetizers like baked clams, crab cakes and tequila shrimp, or just settle in with a daily-changing frozen as you watch the sun set over the water.

Playa Betty's
Photograph: Filip Wolak

16. Frozen Paloma at Playa Betty’s

Restaurants Mexican Upper West Side

Like its sister haunt, Reunion Surf Bar, this 3,000-square-foot space taps into a sunny West Coast aesthetic with house-made pine communal tables and surfboards from the owners' personal collections. At a white-ash bar, beverage director Aviram Turgeman serves fittingly tropical cocktails, including this slushed Paloma, sporting Cuervo Tradicional Silver and grapefruit and lime juices inside a pink-peppercorn–rimmed glass.

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