As the temperatures rise outside, it is only natural that the demand for frozen treats also increases exponentially. Why not combine the best of both worlds and seek out a delicious frozen cocktail? Then you can have your booze and your icy treat all in one. Here are five of the best frozen cocktails in D.C., noted for their deliciousness. These drinks are so good, you may wind up drinking them year-round!
1401 R St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Created by some of DC’s most popular mixologists, Ari and Micah Wilder, the riverstone slush is an icy whirlwind of flavor. Aperol, an Italian aperitif, is combined with ice wine, fruit nectar, shaved ice and loads of fresh fruit to create a fruity and refreshing beverage that is not too sweet but has just the right amount of flavor. The gorgeous red color of the drink makes it even more fun to imbibe. Enjoy one on Red Light’s patio today with one of its delicious desserts.
505 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Ted’s Bulletin has always been famous for its boozy frozen concoctions. It offers everything from a twisted coconut milkshake with coconut rum to a white Russian milkshake, with kahlua and vodka. The best, however, may be the Bailey’s caramel macchiato, with caramel and heaps of Bailey’s Irish cream. Sweet and creamy, it is sublime. If you go with a friend, get two and share. Non-alcoholic milkshakes are available as well.
Related: Best Cold Treats In DC
1520 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
www.estadio-dc.com You may reminisce about slushees as something you enjoyed as a child, but as it turns out, there are adult slushees as well. Estadio features two boozy slushees, both of which are a real delight. The first one is made with sparkling wine, cranberry juice and gin, while the second features bourbon, lager and ginger. Order one with a plate of Spanish cheeses or any one of the other tasty tapas on the menu.
919 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
www.elreydc.com There is nothing that will help you cool off on a hot day like a great frozen margarita. Sample the one offered by El Rey while you relax on the outdoor patio. Tequila, lime, agave and triple sec are blended with ice to bring you the perfect beverage to go with your tacos. All you need is your sombrero. Just remember to go early, because this place gets crowded quickly.
801 9th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
You may not be in the Caribbean, but there is nothing that will make you feel more tropical than a daiquiri. Try Cuba Libre’s catamaran daiquiri, made with coconut-flavored rum, lime juice and an herbal Portuguese liquor called licor beirao. The drink is cold and invigorating, perfect with Cuba Libre’s empanadas and yucca fries. Head over to sample this one soon, as it is only being offered for a limited time.
Related: Best Margaritas In DC
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.