The little kids scream for milkshakes, soda pop floats, and slushies come summertime—but what’s left for the big kids?

When it comes to a superb summer slurper, it’s all about ice, the blender, and a little snort of something extra…and by that we mean alcohol.  Here are eight boozy bevies to keep your summer cool and fun-filled…

1. Watermelon Granita

Enthusiastic for watermelon season? You can easily make the kids a virgin version of these granita frozen cocktails—while adding a wee bit of bubbly in the blender for the adults. Simply process a whole, seedless watermelon with some white sugar (or simple syrup). Pour into glasses and pop into the freezer until slushie.


2. Vodka Root Beer Floats

Save the non-alcoholic floats for the under 21 set (or under 19 if you’re Canadian). The classic soda shop ice cream float finally gets legal ID by taking all the signature ingredients—1 can of natural root beer soda, 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream (coconut or cinnamon ice cream works nicely as well), and 2-ounces of quality vodka.

3. Sangria Slushies

If you’re a fan of summer fruits and wine—oftentimes in the same glass—then this sangria recipe will provide the perfect summer pick-me-up! Simply toss frozen strawberries and blueberries, crushed ice, fresh lime juice, a tablespoon of Triple Sec, and your favorite red vintage in the blender. Cheers!

4. Frosé

If you’re eager to add a little nuttiness to your summer barbecues or girls’ weekends, take a big sip of this Frosé. Just when you thought rosé couldn’t get better, it did! Get extra refreshed with this frozen Rose cocktail.

5. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris

Sweet limeade mix perfectly with the sweet taste of summer strawberries and white rum in these frozen daiquiris. Alternately, I like to mix up my berries and try blueberries, raspberries, and even cherries for a frozen, peak-season beverage all summer long.


6. Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Floats

Bourbon as a dessert drink—sure! Bourbon as dessert—why the heck not! Simply fill a highball glass with decadent dark chocolate ice cream, pour in 2 fingers of bourbon, and top with sweet cherry soda. Mmmmmmm good!

7. Skinny Mango Colada

For the perfectly summer, spiked-cocktail, blend mangosteen juice with mango puree and coconut water, blend, and add rum before pouring into a fancy glass. Add a few sprigs of mint as garnish.  Suddenly the tastes of the tropics are in full effect—regardless of if you’re lounging by the pool or on your back patio with nary a palm tree in sight.

8.  Creamsicle Float

If you’re a little sad that summer is half way over, you can preserve your warmest memories of the season in a kaleidoscope of orange and vanilla layers. This stunning Creamsicle float is a dreamy, foamy swirl of vanilla ice cream and orange soda (the recipe calls for Fanta, but you can use any orange pop) topped with Aperol liquor. It’s’ an adults’ only citrus-fizz—no popsicle stick required!


Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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