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The best frozen cocktails in NYC

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

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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


Penichillin at Diamond Reef

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.

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Daily Slushie at Mother’s Ruin

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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Frozen Grasshopper at Suffolk Arms

Under the menu’s New Classics section, you'll find this blended-to-order take on the after-dinner grasshopper cocktail, a liquid invention from Jeffrey Morgenthaler (the bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon). Made with Fernet, vanilla ice cream, mint and chocolate, the frosty cup tastes like an adult Thin Mint and can be slurped up via a cool metal straw.

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Lower East Side

The Commodore at the Commodore

With its fatty foods and blender drinks, the Commodore would hardly qualify as a destination for dieters—the house libation is a frozen piña colada, which arrives in a tall Hurricane glass topped with a hefty amaretto float.

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Dark and Stormy Frozie at Battery Harris

Venue says: “Beach Bar and Kitchen! Mon, Tue & Wed Happy Hour 4-7PM, Thur SUNDUB (Reggae & Roots) Live Band, Fri & Sat DJs 11-4am, Sat and Sunday Brunch!”

The classic rum cocktail gets an icy twist at this Williamsburg cocktail bar under the BQE. With ginger and fresh lime juice, this is a refreshing alternative to a super sugary frozen marg.

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Uncle Willie’s Frozen Coffee at Skinny Dennis

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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Piña colada at Connolly’s

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.”

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Brancolada at Donna

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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Dark & Slushie at Glady’s

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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Crown Heights

Miami Vice at Roof at Park South

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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Frozens at Bungalow Bar

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.

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Frozen Paloma at Playa Betty’s

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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Upper West Side

Frozen Piña Colada at Berry Park

Enjoy the gorgeous view from this Williamsburg bar's roof while you indulge in one of their rotating frozen treats. The piña colada is especially great, not-too-sweet and oh-so-summery.

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