Not ready to let go of summer? Boston’s drink scene isn’t either. From brunchy mimosas to lots of frosé to boozy popsicles, there’s a fair share of frozen sips (and sticks) available around town from creative bartenders and mixologists. Make the most of August by making the rounds at these spots — now go get your drink on!
Art Bar: Frosé
Pink, strong and frozen — that’s how drinks should be in the summer, right? At ArtBar, their Frosé with Gallo rosé wine, Reyka vodka, strawberry purée and homemade grenadine is the perfect dose of cool to fend off the heat.
Banyan Bar + Refuge: Rosé Slushie
Who can say no to rosé that’s mixed with strawberry and citrus, frozen and mixed into a slurpable sipper and served topped with even more (freshly cut) strawberries? Banyan Bar + Refuge has one of the top Rosé Slushies in the South End, plus a pretty killer patio, and they’re waiting for you to drop by.
Bastille Kitchen: Coconut Frosé
It’s rosé’s season to shine, clearly, and Bastille Kitchen is bringing a taste of the tropics to Boston with their Coconut Frosé. When those hot and muggy New England summer days get you down, transport yourself to a land far away of white sand and palm trees.
Bergamot: Frozen Capirinha
Bergamot takes a classic Brazilian drink up a notch, thanks to some frozen cachaça and lime. Their Frozen Capirinha is simple, refreshing and strong — all the qualities you want in a summertime beverage. You won’t find this on the menu, but you’ve got the inside scoop here: tell them BostonChefs sent you.
Brasserie Jo: Mango Mamacita
The Mango Mamacita at Brasserie Jo’s rooftop patio is perfect for any kind of tequila fan. Made with Ghost Tequila and a mango purée, its rim is lined with Tajín — a slighlty spicy seasoning blend of lime, mild chili peppers and sea salt — plus a freshly sliced mango garnish.
Buttermilk & Bourbon: Soft Serve Mimosas
Soft serve mimosas? Heck yes. Buttermilk & Bourbon makes the morning somewhat bearable with their unique sweet treat. Their question: why choose alcohol or ice cream when you could have both? Stop by the Back Bay spot during Sunday brunch to try one of these creations for yourself, and heads up — the flavors change regularly so your tastebuds are always in for a surprise!
Citrus & Salt: Adiós Pantalones
Stick to only one of Citrus & Salt’s frozen watermelon rosé margarita, or you might find yourself carrying out the name of the drink: Adiós Pantalones. The new-ish Bay Village locale, which opened in Fall 2017, boasts an all-around whimsical (and punny) cocktail menu, so you can get a good giggle no matter what you order.
Eataly Boston: Frosé
Eataly Boston is a classy establishment, and their Frosé will have you feeling all sorts of fancy. Pay a visit to their rosé bar for this special libation (pro tip: the Bolyston Street entrance gets you to the bar the fastest). The Italian market has conveniently included cannoli at the counter, too, which is a perfect indulgent pairing.
Empire: Pineapple Painkiller
Grab a pal and head for the Seaport to try the frozen Pineapple Painkiller from the team at Empire. This cocktail-built-for-two is a tropical combination of Bacardi pineapple, Ron Zacapa 23, coconut milk, pineapple, lime and orange served in a giant frozen pineapple. It’s the cure for whatever ails you.
Glass House: Frosé Sangria
Made with côté mas rosé, stoli strasberi vodka, triple sec and grapefruit juice, Glass House’s Frosé Sangria is summer in a glass (and it’s topped with a pretty little cherry). Take yours outside to sip on their canal-side patio, or snag a high top inside for views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Hojoko: Piña Coladas
Piña Coladas are for everybody, whether or not you’re into getting caught in the rain. Enjoy this sweet and delicious frozen concoction at Hojoko with Plantation Barbados Rum, pineapple, coconut and marshmallow fluff. It doesn’t get any cooler than that.
Little Donkey: Frosé Negroni
Could this slushie cocktail from Little Donkey be any cuter? Their Frosé Negroni gives you a taste of rosé, gin, Campari, grapefruit juice and white grape juice all in one gulp. Adorned with an orange slice and cocktail umbrella and served in a glass that’s proudly sporting a panda on the side, this refreshment is downright adorable.
Mamaleh’s: Malted Brandy Alexander
Mamaleh’s brings the booze to the milkshakes, and their Malted Brandy Alexander is a must-order for sure. With cognac, homemade creme de cacao, vanilla ice cream and nutmeg for a pinch of spice, this creamy dreamy delight will leave your tummy happy.
New City Microcreamery/Less Than Greater Than <>: Black Palmetto
Sweet and with a hint of herbal bitterness, <>’s Black Palmetto is the boozy frozen boost you need at the end of a meal. It starts with a vanilla base, then Filipino rum is added in plus some Averna and chocolate funk. The orange peel swirl garnish ain’t a bad touch either.
Night Market: Sake Slushies
Night Market’s Sake Slushies are some unique and delicious drinks that you can’t pass up. The Harvard Square hangout serves up three kinds: Slush Du Jour (a tasty frozen blend of rotating flavors, all inspired by the bartender’s whim), Red Dye No. 40 (a puckery concoction of all natural sour cherry & plum puree) and Break The Ice (a mix of pineapple, fresh mint and lemonade).
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen: Boozy Popsicles
Popsicles get some adult treatment — that is, a touch of booze — at Oak Long Bar + Kitchen. Available exclusively on their patio menu, this childhood favorite is a snack, dessert and cocktail all in one. If you’re a kid at heart, order this ice lolly made with ghost tequila, pineapple and lime.
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar: Rosé Champagne Popsicles
Imagine yourself lounging at the beach in the French Riviera, sipping on some wine and enjoying the sizzling sun. Well there’s no need to go so far — swing by Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar for the perfect summer refreshment: Rosé Champagne Popsicles. Pair yours with a glass of bubbles on their patio.
The Regal Beagle: The Judy Garland
The Reagle Beagle’s twist on a Mint Julep uses The Real McCoy 3 year old rum instead of bourbon, Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Vodka and plenty of crushed iced, creating a sort of dome shape to the concoction. The Judy Garland is served in a copper mug and topped with a sprig of fresh mint.
Toro: Frozen G & T
Life is way more fun when you’re sitting outside with a drink in hand, so snag a spot on the patio at this South End spot. Toro’s bold Frozen G & T will definitely put you in a great mood with its Junipero Gin, Source Tonic and a dash of angostura bitters that bring a smooth and floral burst of flavor on to the palate.
Vicki Lee’s: Iced Cafe Dolce
In need of a caffeine boost? At Vicki Lee’s, this Iced Cafe Dolce begins with Square One coffee and espresso and blends together with condensed milk before being topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It seems sweet and innocent, but this fabulous treat is full of flavor and it’ll give you a well-deserved sugar rush.