How to make frozen cocktails

Whether summer is approaching in your part of the world or you are looking to add an exciting twist to your serves, frozen cocktails could be the addition your drinks menu needs. Former GB WORLD CLASS Winner, Ali Reynolds, gives us his tips on how to create the best frozen cocktails!

How to make frozen cocktails

I hold a lot of tastings at the moment. Tasting for special events, tastings spread over 2 days, tastings in different countries and tastings for some of the best bars on the planet. What I have learnt is that people don’t like trying the same thing and I have to adapt each tasting to suit the audience. It can’t just be from the same script each time and a great way to excite and offer your customers something different is frozen cocktails.

Why serve frozen cocktails?

Often popular in bars in the summer months, frozen cocktails can really give your outlet a point of difference and opportunity to offer your customer something new and exciting! However, don’t rule out offering these serves at other times of the year, including winter where they can be a great addition to your seasonal menu.

A great benefit with frozen cocktails is the fact you make them in batches, in either a slushy machine or a blender, which can help speed up service and maintain consistency of serve. Batch serves like this can be great for various occasions when large groups get together such as a sports night or a summers evening.

The secrets to frozen cocktails

Frozen cocktails are best when the consistency of the drink is spot on and this requires a decent blender and quality ice. Sugar content or sweet parts should usually be in a higher quantity then the sour parts as the flavour will carry better through the diluted and frozen cocktail.

How to make frozen cocktails

  • A slushy machine can be a great way to make and store a frozen cocktail. Alternatively invest in a good blender! They will last forever and they usually come with a good warranty.
  • Use quality ice.
  • Get your sugar levels right. It is always surprising how sweetness disappears in blended and frozen cocktails.
  • Think they just have to be for summer. I love a good frozen margarita in a warm basement bar mid-December.
  • Complicate it too much. Bold full flavours and not too many of them. Look up some great combos that work well and stick to that.

Frozen cocktail serving tips

  • Remember the glasses! Keep some rocks glasses in the freezer to ensure your frozen cocktail keeps cool.
  • Make sure you fill the glass right to the top to create a fuller more appealing serve.
  • When bringing the drink to a customer don’t forget the straws! Remember, there can always be that awkward moment with a blocked straw, so make sure you have thick straws available!

Key Serves

Mama-Rita

A margarita with your choice of fruit. Any flavour will work with this classic frozen cocktail as DON JULIO provides the earthy, fresh cut grass and apple notes to the sweetened fruit flavours of your choice of jam or marmalade.

2-3 tsp Marmalade or jam

20ml Lime juice

1 tsp Agave or honey

Dilute 2-3 teaspoons of marmalade in DON JULIO BLANCO tequila and lime juice

Add a little agave syrup or honey

Blend all ingredients with 10 decent sized ice cubes

Garnish with grapefruit zest.

(1.6 standard drinks* – 1.2 units per serve)

Black and Frozen

A super BAILEYS coffee! This one is great just over ice but blended and garnished with grated dark chocolate it makes a great frozen espresso martini.

30ml Coffee liqueur

30ml Strong coffee

Pour over blended ice

Blend with dark chocolate

Garnish with grated dark chocolate

(1.1 standard drinks* – 1.9 units per serve)

Scottish Chill

This is a serious frozen cocktail that provides a wonderful mixture of smoke, pepper, chocolate and toffee note. Serve in small sherry glasses and garnish with the left overs.

15ml Condensed Milk

Stir all ingredients until diluted

Blend with 8 decent ice cubes.

(1.71 standard drinks – 2 units per serve)

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How to make frozen cocktails

Picture this: It’s a hot day, and you’ve just finished gardening. Now it’s time to relax on your porch or by your pool. You’re looking for something cool and refreshing to drink. You could reach for a beer or a summer cocktail, but maybe you want to kick things up a notch. After all, you worked hard! You want a drink that’s really cold and is a real treat. Maybe something that even deserves a beachy caption on Instagram, even if you’re in your own backyard!

In short, you want a frozen cocktail. Whether we’re talking daiquiri, margarita, or something altogether more interesting, frozen cocktails are just a little looser, more relaxed, and less buttoned-up than their on-the-rocks brethren. But don’t let the crushed ice and fancy garnishes fool you: You don’t need to be sitting in front of a professional bartender (or be one) to have a great drink—and you don’t need to buy a lot of pre-made drink mixers either.

Most of the time, a good frozen drink requires only four things: alcohol, ice, fresh citrus juice, and a sweetener. Oh, and a good-quality blender doesn’t hurt either. Once you’ve secured all that, these dozen-and-a-half delicious drinks will cause the garden headaches to fade and have you feeling like you’re lounging in a beach-side cabana in minutes. Bonus: They’re as easy to make as they are delicious.

How to make frozen cocktails

No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita is a DIY Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

You can make your own Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktails. It’s easier than you think. Once you start making your own, you may never buy prepackaged cocktails again! The only problem you might run into is running out too fast because they are so good!

Ready to freeze pouches are frozen until ready to serve for blender style drinks without actually needing a blender. Fabulous idea! Good blenders are expensive. Cheap blenders usually don’t blend ice fine enough for cocktails. There are a few problem areas in freezing cocktails though. Alcohol and sugar don’t like to freeze. Consider recipes meant for blender use first when choosing recipes to use as Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktails. These will be the easiest recipes to convert for freezer pouch use.

How to make frozen cocktails

A portion of the difference in volume between the base ingredients and a shaken cocktail needs to be added into the recipe to create a Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail.

An ordinary cocktail is put together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Let’s say there are 4 to 5 ounces of cocktail liquids that go into the shaker to build the cocktail. The cocktail is shaken until it is well chilled. Let’s say 20 seconds. Remember, we do not like a lazy shake ! The liquid is strained into the cocktail glass. There is now a larger volume of liquid than the 4 to 5 ounces that went into the shaker due to ice melt. If that finished cocktail liquid were measured it would be more than the original measurement. THAT difference in volume is the key to making your own Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktails. A portion of the difference in volume between the base ingredients and a shaken cocktail needs to be added into the recipe to create a Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail.

The drink that inspired me to create a no blender necessary Ready-to-Drink frozen cocktail is served at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Roja Grill in the Omaha Old Market serves an amazing fresh Modern Margarita with fresh squeezed lime and grapefruit juice. Bartenders Manny, Brynne and Jaymee do an amazing job behind the bar at Roja. They also make some of the best, freshest Margaritas in the Old Market. Skip the Margarita machine and let the bartenders make a fresh Margarita for you. It’s well worth it!

I’ve never asked the bartenders at Roja for their Modern Margarita recipe. My recipe might not taste exactly like the one there. You will still need to go to Roja and sample the real thing! This recipe is an adapted version for freezer purposes.

How to make frozen cocktails

No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita is an adapted version of the Roja Grill Modern Margarita – photo and frozen recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

No Blender Frozen Modern Margarita – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Blanco Tequila

1-1/4 ounce Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

1/4 ounce Agave Syrup

1 ounce Bottled Water

Combine liquids in freezer safe container. Stir. Seal container. Freeze until ready to use. Mixture will freeze mostly solid within 4 to 5 hours depending upon how cold your freezer gets. Remove from freezer when ready to drink. Allow to slightly thaw for a few minutes. Shake to mix up contents. Pour into salt or sugar rimmed glass if desired. Garnish with lime wedge.

How to make frozen cocktails

Just a quick minute to thaw & shake is all you need for a wonderful icy, blended style frozen Margarita. No blender necessary. EASY! – photo and recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Makes only one. I know. There is a reason frozen cocktails are sold in single pouches rather than party pouches. I did multiply the recipe and froze it in a container that held five servings. There is a bit of settling that goes on as the cocktail freezes. It’s possible to freeze multiple cocktails within one container. However, the entire container has to thaw for a few minutes so it can be shaken to remix the contents due to settling. It’s much easier to freeze individual drinks.

I’ve used zip style freezer bags for my frozen cocktails. They work in a pinch but they sometimes leak and they are difficult to stack until the liquid is completely frozen. Then I found the Ball 8 ounce Plastic Freezer Jars at a local grocery store. They are wonderful! They are the perfect size for an individual cocktail. There is a “fill to” line marked on the container allowing proper space for the drink to expand as it freezes. The containers are stackable which saves freezer space. They seal perfectly, so no worries about plastic bag punctures. When it’s time to thaw the cocktail, it’s super easy to shake and pour.

Another 10 list for special nights. A cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink that contains two or more ingredients. Generally women prefer cocktails than other alcohol drinks because of easier drinking experience. Still men should know about cocktails if they are into a ‘’little’’ drunk women if you know what i mean. This is list about most popular cocktails around the world. If you are a heavy drinker you should check out 10 Most Popular Alcohol Drinks article. Here is 10 Most Popular Cocktail Drinks …

10 – Kir Royale

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: Creme de Cassis, Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Instructions:

  • Pour 1 Oz of Creme de cassis in the glass
  • Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  • Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object
  • If you have a cherry just throw it in your drink.

09 – Caipirinha

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: 2 Spoons brown sugar ,1 lime cut into six (wedges) ,2 Oz Cachasa ,Juice of half a lime or lemon ,1 Oz Lime Cordial (Rose’s Lime Juice recommended), 8 Ice cubes or crushed ice
Instructions:

  • Muddle the limes and sugar
  • Add 2 Oz of Cachasa
  • Add the fresh lime juice or just squeeze a whole lime inside
  • Add the lime cordial or simple syrup
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Shake it hard! 20 times at least
  • Pour the whole cocktail into your glass or strain over crushed ice and add a fresh lime wedge on top
  • Drink or serve it, your drink is ready!

08 – Mint Julep

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: 3 Oz bourbon ,1 Spoon white sugar,Hand full of Mint leaves,4 Drops of bitters ,Splash of club soda,Lime Cordial ,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice
Instructions:

  • Muddle the mint and sugar, muddle until you actually smell the mint.
  • Add 3 Oz of Bourbon
  • Add the Bitters
  • Stir 10 times
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Shake it hard! 20 times at least
  • Strain into the glass full of fresh new ice
  • Top the drink with club soda
  • Add 5 fresh new mint leaves on top and serve it, your Perfect Mint Julep is ready to drink!

07 – Long Island Iced Tea

How to make frozen cocktails

Long Island Iced Tea

Ingredients: 1 Oz Vodka,1 Oz Gin,1 Oz White Rum,1 Oz Silver Tequila ,1 Oz Triple sec,1.5 Oz Sweet and Sour mix,Splash of Coke,8 Ice cubes of ice
Instructions:

  • Pour the vodka and gin
  • Add the rum, tequila and triple sec
  • Add the sweet and sour mix
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Shake it ! 12 times at least
  • Fill your highball glass with ice, fill it to the top.Strain the cocktail into your glass
  • Strain the cocktail into the glass over the ice
  • Save a little room for the coke, top the drink with it
  • Drink or serve it, garnish with a lemon wedge

06 – Margarita

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: 2 Oz Tequila,1 Oz Orange liqueur,Juice of 1 lime or lemon,0.5 Oz of simple syrup or Lime Cordial,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice
Instructions:

  • Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Add the fresh lime juice or just squeeze a whole lime inside
  • Shake it hard! 12 times at least
  • Strain the cocktail into your chilled glass or strain over ice (margarita on the rocks)
  • Place a lime peel on the rim of the glass or put salt on the rim of the glass. If you want to “salt your rim” check out our cocktail guru tip at the bottom of this page.
  • Drink or serve it, your Perfect Margarita is ready to drink!

05 – Mimosa

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: Half a glass of orange juice,Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Instructions:

  • Fill half of your glass with orange juice, make sure it’s cold
  • Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  • Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object

04 – Apple Martini

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: 1.5 Oz Apple flavored vodka,1 Oz Sour apple liqueur or apple flavored schnapps,Dash Midori,1 Oz Pineapple juice,1 Oz Apple juice,8-10 Ice cubes
Instructions:

  • Pour the alcohol into your shaker
  • Add apple and pineapple juice
  • Add ice
  • Stir 12 times
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or over fresh ice a tall glass
  • Drink or serve it, your cocktail is ready to drink!>
  • Garnish with three apple pieces on a toothpick

03 – Bellini

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: One third of a glass of peach puree or juice,Two thirds of Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Instructions:

  • Muddle a whole peach (or skip this step and just pour peach juice in the the glass)
  • Tilt the glass and fill it with your champagne or sparkling wine
  • Give it a stir with you bar spoon or any long thin object

02 – Cosmopolitan

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: 2 Oz citron vodka ,1 Oz orange liqueur ,1 Oz Cranberry Juice ,Dash of Lime Cordial ,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice ,Lime peel for garnish
Instructions:

  • Chill the martini glass (click here if you want to know how)
  • Pour the liqueur and vodka to your shaker
  • Pour the cranberry and cordial to your shaker
  • Add the fresh lime juice or just squeeze a half of lime inside
  • Fill shaker with ice
  • Add 8 ice cubes
  • Stir it! 12 times at least
  • Strain your cocktail into the chilled glass

01 – Mojito

How to make frozen cocktails

Ingredients: 1 Spoon white sugar ,2 Oz White Rum,Hand full of Mint leaves ,Half of one lime cut into 3 wedges ,Splash of club soda ,1.5 Oz Sweet and Sour Mix ,8 Ice cubes or crushed ice
Instructions:

How to make frozen cocktails

Nielsen CGA, a joint venture between New York-based Nielsen and CGA Strategy, United Kingdom, released insights from its first “On-Premise Consumer Survey” for the U.S. market.

The Nielsen CGA “On-Premise Consumer Survey” will be a biannual survey of 15,000 on-premise consumers, all of legal drinking age, aimed to provide a comprehensive look into America’s eating and drinking habits in restaurants and at bars, the company says. This U.S. market survey, which is nationally representative of age, gender and location (state), uncovers consumer sentiment data that speaks to all aspects of on-premise usage.

Designed to gain in-depth insight into drinking trends, tastes, occasions, chain usage and drink brand preferences, it reveals the cross-over between a retailer’s customers and a beverage-alcohol (BevAl) brand’s consumers, top outlets visited, occasions that drive visits (e.g., after work drink, celebration), and overall preferred drink categories and brands, it adds.

“To win in this complex on-premise market, manufacturers, distributors and retailers need to gain a total consumer view and go beyond simply what is being consumed,” said Scott Elliott, senior vice president of Nielsen CGA, in a statement. “Essentially this means gaining insight into who is buying what, where, why and crucially — what they do when they are not engaging with your brand.

“Together with TD Linx and our best-in-class measurement and analytic services, this sentiment data completes the Nielsen CGA circle of on-premise insight capabilities,” he added. “This unique 360-degree approach, combined with our world-leading, on-premise consultancy credentials, means Nielsen CGA customers can start to forge new, differentiated approaches to winning in the on-premise space.”

The Nielsen CGA On-Premise Consumer Survey is available now for Nielsen clients.

The following are some key findings from the survey:

  • Twenty-three percent of the U.S. population drank a cocktail outside of their home in the past three months;
  • Tequila (44 percent) is the favorite liquor base for cocktails in the United States, followed by light rum (39 percent), flavored vodka (39 percent), non-flavored vodka (39 percent) and whiskey (27 percent);
  • Margarita (60 percent) is the most popular cocktail in the United States, followed by daiquiri (44 percent), piña colada (36 percent), Long Island iced tea (33 percent) and mojito (29 percent);
  • Forty-eight percent of consumers feel that cocktail menus with named liquor brands are very important or important when choosing a cocktail.

The following are findings related to retail chains:

  • Chili’s consumers are 7 percent more likely to try a Margarita (67 percent) than the country’s average (60 percent);
  • Buffalo Wild Wings consumers are 7 percent more likely to try a tequila sunrise (34 percent) than the U.S. average (27 percent);
  • Bonefish Grill consumers are 13 percent more likely to try a martini (39 percent) than the U.S. average (26 percent);
  • TGI Fridays consumers are 8 percent more likely to try a mojito (41 percent) than the U.S. average (33 percent).

The survey also found that the standard price for a cocktail on-premise is $8.72, and consumers are willing to spend 25 percent more for a cocktail made with premium spirits. Additionally, the average they’re willing to spend is $10.98.It also found that when it comes to brunch, six in 10 consumers are likely to drink alcohol, and 24 percent of those who eat out at brunch will drink a cocktail. It notes that 45 percent of brunch-goers often order a mimosa, 36 percent a Bloody Mary and 27 percent a Champagne cocktail.

The Nielsen CGA on-premise consumer survey was conducted online, in English, within the United States between March 20 and April 7. It included 15,000 adults (aged 21 and older) who have visited an on-premise establishment at least once in the past three months during the time of the survey, the company says.

How to make frozen cocktails

Whether you braved a frozen winter or coasted along with mild temperatures, the turn of Spring signals one very important shift: we’re all one step closer to the joys of patio season, backyard barbecues, and frozen treats.

It doesn’t matter if your plans include lounging by the pool, spreading out with a picnic basket in the park, or simply getting together with friends.

You’ll need something to keep you cool as you warm up to the season. So why not get started by crafting some of the best vodka cocktails from the comfort of your patio?

What better way to enjoy a sun-soaked day than with a refreshing frozen cocktail, or maybe even alcoholic ice pops ? Grab your favorite bottle of vodka and join us on a tour of five delicious frozen vodka cocktails—they won’t just bring the good times; they’ll keep them going long after you’ve downed the last drop. Ready to drink? Let’s dive in!

#1 Spiked Frozen Vodka Lemonade

Rain or shine, frozen lemonade is the perfect marriage of sweet and sour. With this summer staple, the tartness of the lemon juice also highlights the smooth, crisp, and subtle flavors of the vodka. This is not your neighborhood lemonade stand, folks!

This frozen lemonade beverage is simple to make and only requires a handful of ingredients:

  • 1 cup of lemon juice (approximately five medium lemons)
  • Zest from one lemon (about 1 ½ tbsp)
  • ⅔ cup of vodka
  • 6 cups of ice
  • Simple syrup

You can purchase simple syrup at the grocery store or make your own by combining one cup of water and one cup of sugar over low heat. Let it cool before using it in your vodka cocktail.

Mix it up: Take things to the next level by tossing a handful of fresh basil leaves into the blender to make spiked basil lemonade. The herbal flavors of the basil will provide wonderful earthy undertones that’ll complement both the lemon and vodka.

Not a big fan of basil? Mint is another tried-and-true garnish to elevate your lemonade.

Not in the mood to craft a homemade refreshment from scratch, but are still craving a frozen beverage to quench your thirst? You’re in luck. At your next pool day, cool off with a SLIQ Vodka Lemonade spirited ice pop, or even better, add one of our vodka-infused freeze pops to the Spiked Frozen Vodka Lemonade to zhuzh up the recipe a bit.

#2 Frozen Rosé

Rosé is all the rage—and it just got a lot cooler. To enjoy your favorite wine as a delectable frozen treat, trade in your stemmed glass for a high-powered blender.

  • One bottle of rosé (750 mL)
  • 3 cups of frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup of vodka
  • ½ simple syrup
  • 4 tbsp of lemon juice

For an added twist on the classic frozen rosé recipe, mix in a SLIQ Vodka Lemonade spirited ice pop for an even more refreshing taste. Whether you need a signature cocktail for your weekly brunch or a refreshing beverage for an afternoon by the pool, this classy-turned-casual cocktail will fit the bill.

How to make frozen cocktails

#3 Sex on the Beach Slushie

Put a new spin on this retro 80’s cocktail by chilling it all the way out with some ice and a blender. To enjoy this fruity and refreshing vodka slush, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of frozen peaches sliced
  • 6 oz. of vodka
  • 3 oz. of peach schnapps
  • 6 oz. of orange juice
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 6 oz. of cranberry juice

Mix it up: Garnish your Sex on the Beach with maraschino cherries, peach slices, or a sugar rim. You can also add some visual appeal by creating a gradient effect with the cranberry juice. Carefully pour it over the blended mix and you’ll end up with a beautiful sunset effect in your frozen cocktail. But, don’t stop there. Pair this Sex on the Beach slushie with a SLIQ Vodka Cranberry Grapefruit frozen ice pop to enhance the cocktail’s flavor profile.

How to make frozen cocktails

#4 Blended Mule

When it comes to classic crowd-pleasing cocktails, you can’t go wrong with a Moscow Mule. The next time your weekend plans could use an injection of old-school cool, blend up a batch of these spicy ginger signature drinks.

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of ginger beer
  • 2 oz. of vodka
  • 1 oz. of lime juice
  • 1 ½ cups of ice

Maybe this four-ingredient cocktail hits the spot for you as is, but have you ever considered what other ingredients could elevate the Moscow Mule? Mix in a SLIQ Vodka Cranberry Grapefruit or SLIQ Vodka Lemonade to add a twist to this go-to refreshment.

#5 Chi-Chi Frozen Cocktail

You don’t have to fly to a tropical island to feel like you’re on vacation. With the chi-chi’s creamy flavors and gorgeous blue shade reminiscent of sparkling Caribbean waters, you’ll practically be able to feel the waving palm fronds and ocean breeze.

Now, you can bottle the blue of the ocean with these ingredients:

  • 2 oz. of vodka
  • ½ oz. of blue curaçao
  • ½ oz. of cream of coconut
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple
  • One scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup of ice

Mix it up: Turn your fruity frozen vodka cocktail into all-out vacation vibes by garnishing your glass with a wedge of pineapple and a paper umbrella. Better yet, use a hollowed-out pineapple as your cup and incorporate a SLIQ Vodka Blue Raspberry ice pop to enhance this tropical cocktail.

For Good Times and Chill Vibes, Enjoy SLIQ’s Frozen Cocktail Pops

Whether you’re on a beachside lounge chair or the porch swing at home, it’s never a bad time to enjoy an ice-cold beverage—so cold, in fact, that it’s actually frozen. But, does Vodka freeze ? Well, not on it’s own. However, in the form of an alcoholic ice pop crafted with high quality ingredients, vodka can be easily enjoyed frozen in flavors such as lemonade, blue raspberry, and cranberry & grapefruit.

You won’t always have time to prepare frozen vodka cocktails from scratch, but you will have time to tear open a box of SLIQ’s Spirited Ice pops and enjoy the same feeling. Our premium frozen vodka ice pops, frozen margarita ice pops, and frozen rum ice pops are all made with top-shelf liquors and top-notch ingredients. Now, you can enjoy the elevated flavors of a professionally made drink from the comfort and convenience of wherever you happen to be.

So sit back, enjoy the sun on your skin, and rest easy knowing that your favorite frozen cocktail is never far away.

During hot summer months there’s nothing more relaxing than happy hour with a frozen drink. A blended margarita or a glass of frosé will help you unwind and cool off at the same time. Restaurants have the advantage here: they have specialized machinery. If you’re hoping to recreate your favorite frozen drinks at home, try these tips and tricks for the best results.

How to make frozen cocktails

How do frozen drink machines work

Restaurants, bars, and gas stations aren’t firing up a blender every time you order a slurpee or a margarita. They have specialized equipment for making frozen drinks. You’ve probably seen the big rotating vats of frozen beverages at a bar or 7-Eleven near you; the key difference between those machines and your blender is that they don’t pulverize ice. Professional machines actually freeze and churn a liquid cocktail base to create a smooth drink full of tiny frozen ice crystals. These results can be difficult to replicate at home.

Tips for making frozen drinks with a blender

The easiest way to make frozen drinks at home is with a blender. This method recreates the frosty texture of a frozen drink machine by mixing pulverized ice and flavorings. The biggest challenge is getting the ice to blend smoothly. Here’s how to get the most of your blender.

Freeze some ingredients

Start with frozen fruits or cubes of frozen juice will help you achieve a frosty texture, and will keep your drink from diluting as it melts.

Start small

Don’t overfill the blender! Keep the ingredients below the 2/3rds line to make sure everything will run smoothly.

Pay attention to ice

Big, clear ice cubes are great in a cocktail, but they’ll overwhelm your blender. Starting with small or crushed ice will set you up for success when it’s time to pulverize.

The amount of ice matters too. Aim for a 2:1 ratio of ice to other stuff. That should give you a drink that’s both frosty and flavorful.

Fruits on the bottom, ice on the top

Arranging softer, easily crushable ingredients on the bottom of the blender will help you achieve an even blend. As the soft fruits are drawn into the blades, they’ll carry ice along with them.

Add liquid

If your blender gets stuck, try adding a little juice or water. The extra liquid will help keep things moving.

Have fun with it!

Grab a cocktail umbrella or garnish with a piece of fruit. Frozen drinks are all about good vibes and relaxation.

For more cold drink inspiration, try these frozen daiquiris on a stick.

Try these Frozen Wine Cocktails if you’re looking for easy frozen wine drinks for your end of summer cookout.

For these summer wine cocktails, I like using a fruity wine since they’re summery and light.

Find something inexpensive and fun that will please a crowd. Experiment with berry and citrus flavors, too.

This frozen wine cocktails recipe goes well with anything you’re serving, be it barbecue, burgers, and coleslaw.

How to make frozen cocktails

Frozen wine cocktails for end of the summer parties

I decided to take the fun, fruity wine flavors and give you some ideas on serving up these frozen wine drinks.

They’re perfect for when you want something to cool down with, and you want to go “lite” with your drinking.

How to make a frozen wine cocktail

1. Take your favorite fruity wine and freeze it in ice cube trays overnight.

2. Mix it with regular ice cubes in a blender.

3. Blend in a high speed blender for a “grown up slushy.”

This frozen blender drink has all the flavor, a bit less calories, and more fun than drinking a glass of wine.

Since you can’t drink these too quickly without getting the dreaded brain freeze, it may prevent you from overindulging.

Add garnish to frozen cocktails

I also added some blueberries and raspberries to the layers of these frozen wine cocktails to inspire you for upcoming Labor Day parties when you may want some red, white and blue cocktails.

You can also add a sprig of mint, basil, rosemary, or lavender from the garden.

How to make frozen cocktails

Prepare frozen wine drinks in advance

The fun thing about these Frozen Wine Cocktail Slushies is that you can prepare the wine ice cubes ahead of time along with your garnishes.

Then during the party, just get the frozen blender drinks going at the bar (or in the kitchen) and make these “to order.”

An alternative is to make up a tray and have them ready in the freezer to present for your guests at intervals during the party.

Add different flavors

You can make layered frozen wine cocktails that can be eaten like ice cream parfaits.

Or you can wait until they melt a bit and sip them through a straw.

Skinny Frozen Wine Cocktails – a new twist on the wine spritzer

If you’re like me, I’m always trying to find ways to still enjoy myself while incorporating “better for you” ingredients in my party plans.

That’s why when I entertain, I make sure to offer up healthier side dishes like salads and Roasted Marinated Vegetables from the grill.

It’s the same with drinks. One way I can indulge safely in a lower calorie way is to make a Skinny Frozen Wine Cocktail. It’s a fun version of a wine spritzer.

How to make frozen cocktails

How to make a Skinny Frozen Wine Cocktail:

2. Then plunk it in a margarita glass of flavored seltzer water.

3. Add a garnish of some berries and a sprig of something from your herb garden.

The wine ball slowly melts into the seltzer. It helps you avoid the calories and boozy affects of a full glass of wine. And it’s elegant, refreshing, and delish!

I like to freeze up a batch of wine balls to keep on hand for guests or a party.

Keep the frozen wine balls in a Ziploc freezer bag until it’s time to make up a batch of Skinny Frozen Wine Cocktails!

How to make frozen cocktails

Variations on wine cocktails recipes are endless

I’m sure you can come up with several variations of frozen wine cocktails using your favorite fruity wine flavor, different types of berries, and some fun fruit and herb garnishes.

Let your party guests make their own combinations of slushy, skinny seltzer, berries, and garnish – the possibilities are endless!

What to serve with frozen wine cocktails

Pair them with Baked Plantain Chips Recipe for snacking.

Or your favorite goodies from the grill such as spicy Chicken Shawarma or Sriracha Chicken Kabobs.

Keep cool with our best ever frozen cocktail recipes. Try a refreshing twist on a traditional drink or quench your thirst with a grown-up slushy.

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Watermelon prosecco sorbet slushies

What better way to end a garden party than with a cocktail/sorbet combo? These watermelon prosecco slushies are refreshing with a real kick

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Frozen watermelon margarita

Remember to put the watermelon in the freezer the night before to make these frozen margaritas. They're ideal for a summer garden party

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Frozen caipirinha

Cool down with this frozen spin on the classic Brazilian Caipirinha. The secret is squeezing as much lime into the sugar as you can

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Frozen mango daiquiri

Make this frozen mango daiquiri for a treat on a hot day. Like a grown-up slushy, it’s so smooth and scoopable, you could serve it with a spoon

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Frozen lychee & mint cocktails

Get the weekend off to a flying start with these quick cocktails

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Frozen margarita

Cool off this summer with our super-simple frozen margarita recipe. This refreshing tequila cocktail can be made in just five minutes in a blender

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Frozen strawberry daiquiri

This slushy cocktail is best made when strawberries are in season and at their ripest. With just four ingredients you can whip up this thirst quencher in 10 minutes.