In the heat of summer, there’s only one way to feel refreshed — with an ice-cold glass of booze. Specifically, you’ll want a frozen cocktail, whether that’s a classic margarita or the ever-trendy frosé, and Austin bars and restaurants have a ready supply of these chilly drinks.
Here’s our updated guide on where to go to find all the most delicious frozen potions, in a follow-up to this round-up from last summer.
King Bee Lounge, 1906 E. Twelfth St. The East Austin cocktail bar has elevated the frozen drink to an unexpectedly complex elixir fit for royalty. King Bee’s frozen Bee’s Knees — featuring gin, lemon and Good Flow Honey and garnished with a bright tropical flower — has been on the menu since the beginning.
The bar also offers a typically seasonal additional frozen cocktail, and most recently, that’s the irresistible frosé, a $7 pretty-in-pink, strawberry-filled slush garnished with a tiny umbrella.
Loro, the Japanese smokehouse from local chef heavyweights Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole, has a frozen sake cocktail featuring lots of mango.Arianna Auber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Loro, 2115 S. Lamar Blvd. What do you get when two James Beard award-winning chefs, Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin, collaborate on an Asian smokehouse together? Not just quality Asian dishes. Drinks at Loro include two frozen options: a Frozen Gin & Tonic and a Mango Sake Slushie. Yellow as sunshine, the mango cocktail tastes like all the flavors of the tropics were blended together and chilled into a drink that will transport you to the South Pacific.
Hank’s, 5811 Berkman Dr. The newly open Windsor Park restaurant, bar and coffee shop has already become one of Austin’s most Instagram-friendly places thanks in part to a casual West Texas aesthetic and to cocktails like the Frozen Paloma — a tequila and grapefruit mixture — and Frosé. Hank’s version of the frozen wine drink might be the loveliest shade of pink you’ll ever see in a glass: a vibrant desert rose.
Vivo, 6406 N. Interstate Hwy. 35. Margaritas at this Tex-Mex spot at the Linc complex are as boozy as ever. Order a frozen margarita either as is, with lime juice and simple syrup, or with flavors like prickly pear, mango, strawberry and blood orange. Those are an additional 75 cents and worth every penny.
Juliet Italian Kitchen, 1500 Barton Springs Rd. On a beverage menu that focuses on Italian cocktails like the low-alcohol Aperol Spritz, diners at the charming Italian-focused eatery will also find a featured $10 frozen cocktail. It’s often frosé, but Juliet has created frozen Negronis and other ice-cold drinks, too. Sip one on the patio during the KUTX Live Jazz Series every Wednesday evening.
Odd Duck, 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. One of Austin’s very best restaurants, Odd Duck is a very consistent bird when it comes to one thing — its seasonal menus. The beverage program changes every few months and offers a new frozen cocktail each time. For these sweltering summer months, seek liquid respite in the Melon Degeneres, which tastes as amazing as it sounds with mezcal, Aperol, Cynar, watermelon, serrano and lime.
Spokesman, 440 E. St. Elmo Rd. Though primarily focused on beer and coffee, this South Austin cafe tends to have something for every palate and recently introduced frozen drinks, or what Spokesman is calling “Spokesicles.” The Pank Drank is a beet-filled twist on frosé. Prefer a taste of the tropics? Go with the Mango Island, containing Prosecco, mango, pineapple and that special secret addition.
Our frozen Spokesicles are now on Happy Hour!!