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Undoubtedly, you’ll need to chill out this summer, so here are some of our favorite frozen cocktails around town to help you keep your cool – no matter how hot it gets.
Passion Mango Martini
Kasai Asian Grill
This slushy stunner starts with Bacardi Citrus Rum, Absolut Citron Vodka, fresh ginger, and passion fruit and mango juices. It’s topped with a heavy pour of raspberry liqueur for a hit of spirited sweetness to complement the fruit. $12. www.kasaiscottsdale.com.
A sparkling summer slushy, The Sully is blended with Svedka Vodka and fresh mango juice, then topped with a float of sparkling wine. Think of it as a twist on a classic mimosa, but with the hot Arizona summer in mind. $10. www.morningsqueeze.com.
Hand Cut Burgers + Chophouse
This fan favorite starts with a combination of Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila and pineapple and lime juices. The contents are poured over freshly shaved ice, and then topped with flavor-enhancing cinnamon as garnish. $13. www.handcutchophouse.com.
Sub Zero Whiskey ‘n’ Coke
Bourbon & Bones
Bourbon & Bones takes bourbon and Coca-Cola, then transforms them into a slushy. Though great on its own, opt to add either Madagascar vanilla bean syrup or cherry syrup ($2 more) for an explosively tasty Vanilla Coke
or Cherry Coke variation. $14. www.bourbonandbonesaz.com.
Founder Brian Vogel based this cocktail on a long-loved family recipe, and it uses ingredients from his family’s home. The orange and lemon juices in the cocktail, which are combined with brandy and tea for a truly unique flavor combination, are sourced from trees near his family’s front porch in Wisconsin. $12. www.ravengp.com.
Mowry & Cotton
Mowry & Cotton offers three sorbet-infused takes on a mimosa, each combining sparkling wine with a scoop of homemade sorbet. Flavors include blood orange, raspberry or passion fruit. $9 each/$18 flight. www.mowryandcotton.com.
Frozen Thai Mai
Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill
This take on a mai tai features Cruzan Mango Rum, pineapple juice, and white rum. It’s combined with orgeat syrup and tropical juices, then topped with Cruzan Black Strap Rum, making it as potent as it is pleasing. $11.
Frozen Coconut Mojito
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar
Minty fresh and frothy, the Frozen Coconut Mojito combines Cruzan Coconut Rum with Coco Lopez (a creamy coconut addition), freshly squeezed lime juice, and fresh organic mint crystals for a chilly cocktail concoction. The icy drink, completed with mint crystals, tastes as cool as it looks. $12. www.tommybahama.com.
Mango Habanero Snow Cone Margarita
An adult take on a childhood classic, this upgraded snow cone is crafted with Don Julio Blanco Tequila, triple sec liqueur, and housemade sweet and sour, served with shaved ice. It’s then drizzled with Diego Pop’s own mango-habanero syrup for a sweet – and slightly spicy – kick. $11. www.diegopops.com.