Picture this: it’s mid-spring (but feels like summer), you’ve invited all your buddies round to chill at your place, and they’ve all agreed to because you’ve got a kickass south-facing garden that’s perfect for sweating it out under the afternoon sun, much like you all did last year. And the year before. Okay, this scenario has totally morphed into a tradition without anyone noticing, and rightly so ‘cos these days are the best. Still… it would be cool if your drinks didn’t get warmer with every inch the sun moved through the sky.
But that’s where we’ve got you covered.
To celebrate our new collection of Fruity Towels, we’ve been busy trying frozen cocktail after frozen cocktail (it’s a hard life) looking for the summertime tipples that will keep you cool while you’re soaking up a scorcher.
It doesn’t matter what your drinking vibe - rum, wine, tequila, booze-free, or even whisky - you’re bound to find a beautifully blended slurper on this list - one that will change the way you summer forever. And all you really need is a blender, plenty of ice, some room in your freezer and a crazy amount of booze (or a, ummm, modest and very responsible amount). Oh and, apart from one of these cocktails, each recipe serves four.
Freezing Watermelon Slush
Some drinks are more than refreshing, colourful and perfect for those swelteringly hot summer days - they’re also perfect for your ‘gram. Cue the Frozen Watermelon Slush. You, sipping on this, while laying on our Wild Watermelon towel = internet broken.
3 cups of seedless watermelon
1 cup of frozen strawberries
2 scoops of lemon sorbet
¼ cup of pineapple juice
Splash of fresh lime juice
(Responsible amount of rum)
Pop the watermelon, strawberries, sorbet, pineapple juice, and lime juice in your blender and whizz it up until and it looks smooth. Add the rum and stir well. Pour into 4 glasses. Mmmmm.
If you’re a fan of rosé, now’s the time to go bananas because this frozen version is as delicious as it is easy to make. It’s crisp. It’s classy. It’s the most elegant way to enjoy the heat. And it’s dangerously slurpable. What’s not to love about a Frozé?
1 bottle rosé (sparkling rosé works really well too)
3oz of simple syrup (aka sugary water)
2oz of lemon juice
2oz of Aperol
1oz of Pimm’s
Four cups of ice
Pour everything but the ice into a big, old pitcher and then pop it in your fridge until it’s nice and cold. When you’re happy, pour everything into a blender and let it rip (gently, on pulsate mode). Pour into whatever glasses take your fancy and pop in a straw. Yummy.
There’s one vacay snap that’s in everyone’s Top 10 Memories: you, holding a seriously alcoholic fruit cooler. Pineapple. Coconut. Pineapple and coconut (which would look pretty perfect next to our new Cracked Coconut towel). There are so many options. And no matter what the flavour, they’re always colourful, they’re always tasty and they always count towards your 5 a day (right?), and this Peachade Cooler is no different.
5oz of aged Jamaican Rum
3oz of coconut cream
4oz of fresh pineapple juice
1.5oz allspice dram
8 large peach slices
3 cups of ice
A gorgeous looking sprig of mint
Some powdered cinnamon
Throw everything but the mint and cinnamon into a blender and then crank it up to 11 for about half-a-minute. Voila. Now simply pour your *frotail (*frozen cocktail) into four glasses (or mugs, or even coconut husks). To finish, decorate with your mint and cinnamon and then *slap on some sunscreen (*on you, not the drink).
Ice Cold Coconut Pineapple Margaritas
There are certain pieces of wisdom that are so true everyone knows them, like that shared by the modern philosopher, Andre 3000, who said, “What’s cooler than being cool - ice cold.” It turns out he was spot on. And so are these Frozen Coconut Pineapple Margaritas. One sip and you’ll have a whole new taste of summer.
10oz of frozen pina colada concentrate mix (thawed)
10oz of your fave tequila
5 ounces of pineapple juice
½ a lime worth of juice
7 cups of ice
Some pineapple wedges for your Insta-story
Pour everything but the pineapple wedges into your blender, making sure the top is on, before blend until smooth. That’s it. Done. Simply pour into four glasses, garnish with the pineapple chunks and sip away.
If all the best things have loads of sugar and a large dollop of unnecessary calories, then let us introduce you to the greatest cocktail ever invented: The Frozen Sangria. It’s an absolute must-make for anyone going on a Spring Break vacay. Super-delicious, a tiny bit nutritious and too good to put down. It’s a winner.
500ml of red wine (let’s say a Cabernet Sauvignon)
500g of ice cubes (to be crushed)
100g of frozen blueberries
100g of frozen raspberries
100g of frozen strawberries
120ml of brandy
1 fresh orange worth of juice
2tbsp of sugar
Ask your Amazon Alexa to play “Despacito” and pour everything into your blender. Dance like no one’s watching while your mix turns smooth. Pour into four glasses (or freeze, depending on whether you’re ready to roll or not). Deee-licious.
Jack Daniel’s Slushy
If you’ve just realised your buddies arriving tomorrow, and you’re wondering if there’s anything you can do with the Coco-Cola, limeade and half a bottle of Jack in your cupboard so you don’t have to make a corner shop trip, you’re in luck, my friend. Here’s what you need to do:
3 cans of Coca-Cola
6oz of limeade concentrate
6oz of Jack Daniels
Pour everything you have into a large bowl and gently whisk it by hand. Gently. Pop it in the freezer overnight. Then pull it out when there’s a knock on the door, whisk it once more and serve cold. Yes, sir-ee.
Frozen Gin & Juice
If you’re on the hunt for a big gulper you can make in your big blender, boy-oh-boy, have we got the chilly potion for you - Frozen Gin & Juice. It’s the ultimate summer slushy, which we know for a fact because we can imagine Snoop Dogg sipping on one of these in his garden. So, let’s crack on with the who, what and how shall we:
2oz of simple syrup
6oz of gin
2 oz of triple sec
6 oz of freshly squeezed OJ
2oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
Chuck it all into your blender. All of it. Every last drop. Then fill the blender most of the way with ice and blend until smooth. Pour into four glasses. If you want to garnish, do so with an orange twist, paper straw and a side of Anderson Paak.
Next-Level Pineapple Slush
If you’re asking yourself what makes this frozen cocktail next level, it’s served in a pineapple - and if that isn’t going to make the highlights reel on your Instagram page, we don’t know what will. And that’s not all. It literally has a cherry on top too. Knowing this, we doubt you even care if it’s a thirst quencher (which it totally is - and that’s why we’ve upped the quantities to make a massive batch).
½ gallon of lime sherbert
½ gallon of pineapple sherbert
2 litres of lemonade
6oz of frozen pineapple juice
6oz of frozen limeade
7½ oz of cream of coconut
Pour everything into the biggest bowl you have and mash together until the sherbert has softened and everything looks like a slushy should. Pour into your pineapple husks. Pop a cherry on top. Serve immediately, along with our new Playful Pineapple towel.
Watermelon & Lime Slime
Don’t be put off by the term slime. We simply used it to rhyme with the word lime. This frozen cocktail is, in fact, a Margarita, and it’s in honour of our new Wild Watermelon towel. These two go together like sunshine and sunscreen, sandy beaches and selfies, the first day of your vacay and showing off your pasty legs (or is this just me?). The point is: this tipple and our towel are a total dream team.
24oz of fresh watermelon juice
6-8oz of tequila (depending on how responsible you’re being)
2oz of triple sec
2 limes worth of fresh juice
30 watermelon ice cubes
Margarita salt if you’re fussy or famous
To make the watermelon juice, scoop the middle out of half a watermelon, blend it into a puree, pour through a strainer and then pop it in a jar. To make the watermelon ice cubes, take the other half of your watermelon and cut into cubes, place on a baking tray (don’t let them touch) and freeze overnight. And to make your Watermelon & Lime Slime, add everything bar the ice cubes into a pitcher and stir like you’ve never stirred before. Pop your watermelon ice cubes into your glasses and pour your margarita mix over the top. Now take a sip and make an “mmmmm” noise. Done.
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