Our Chicago meteorologists, Tom Skilling, Cheryl Scott, Byron Miranda, Jerry Taft will at some point this summer tell you “it’s going to be a scorcher out there” but what they won’t tell you is where to cool off with a nice frozen cocktail to beat the heat, but we will. Here are 10 spots around Chicago that offers frozen cocktails and/or mocktails for you to cool off and catch a buzz. Warning, brain freeze might ensue.
These huge (16 oz!) boozy slushies come in a rotating trio of flavors. Currently, Q-Tine is serving up Fresh Watermelon, Bourbon Peach, Moscow Mule, and Margarita. $10.
Boozy Sno Cones and spiked Freeze Pops. These grown up versions of childhood classics come in flavors such as, Gin with Cucumber and Ginger or Tequila with Grapefruit and Lime for the Freeze Pops, and Rosé or Watermelon-Ade for Snow Cones.
$5 for the Freeze Pops, $6 for the Sno Cones
3: Federales – West Loop (180 N. Morgan St.)
The new West loop hot spot that boasts an open air offers a variety of frozen drink options such as the boozy horchata, Mexican bulldog, and hibiscus, in addition to their pretty strong classic frozen margarita.
4: Moneygun – Fulton Market (660 W. Lake St.)
If you’re in the mood for something chocolate-y, try the Pink Squirrel, an ice cream drink spiked with hazelnut and chocolate liquors. $11.
5: The Gwen – River North (521 N. Rush St.)
A frozen prosecco popsicle petals; served in a glass filled with La Marca Proscco.$14.
6: Parson’s Chicken and Fish – Logan Square (2952 W. Armitage Ave.)
In addition to their original Negroni slushie made with Letherbee gin, Luxardo Bitter, and a splash of lemon juice that’s a little fruity with a kick, the Logan square hot spot has three other different frozen drinks rotating on their menu: Dark And Stormy, Purple Drink and Margarita. $8-$9.
Bull-Beri Storm featuring Stoli Raz and Red Bull BlueSpiked with Red Bull, this fruity drink will give you the energy to dance all night long. $6.50.
8. DS Tequlia Company – Wrigleville (3352 N. Halsted St.)
Frozen Strawberry Magerita
A classic for a hot day. There’s also Frozen Red Sangria and other frozen drinks as well.
$8 for a mug, $18 for a bowl
9. Bottlefork – River North (441 N. Clark St.)
“I Hope There’s Always Snow in Your Driveway”
Although the drink is cherry-red, this drink is actually flavored with Smith& Cross Rum and lime. $14.
Frozen Mango Lassi, this Indian classic is spiked with Bacardi. $8
With contribution from Laura Barker