Beat the Florida Heat with 9 Frozen Cocktail & Boozy Popsicle Recipes

Beat the Florida Heat with These Frozen Cocktail & Boozy Popsicle Recipes

Published June 2024

The eternal question: what’s the best way to keep your drink cold during the dog days of summer? Stanley cups or YETIs? Reusable ice cubes? Never leaving the cool sanctuary of your house’s AC?

The answer is much simpler: make a frozen cocktail.

With delicious fruits like strawberries, watermelons, mangoes and raspberries in season in Florida during the summer, it’s easier than ever to freeze these fruits to blend into your favorite cocktails. Or, to make an extra special summer treat, pour your cocktail in a popsicle mold.

Keep scrolling for our nine favorite frozen cocktail and boozy popsicle recipes to help you stay cool during the Florida summer.

Strawberry Mango Daiquiri

It ain’t a frozen cocktail round-up without a fruity, frozen daquiri. This one combines Palms Strawberry and Mango Rums with fresh strawberries, mango and lime juice for a flavor fruit-splosion that’ll cool you off faster than a dip in the pool.

Strawberry Mango Daiquiri

The Recipe

In a blender, add frozen strawberries, strawberry rum, ½ ounce lime juice, ¼ ounce simple syrup and 1-2 cubes of ice, depending on your desired level of thickness. Pro tip: add less ice first, you can always add more later. Blend until smooth and pour into a glass. Clean blender. Then, add frozen mango, mango rum, remaining lime juice, remaining simple syrup and 1-2 cubes of ice. Blend until smooth and pour over strawberry mixture. Garnish with fresh fruit.

 

Don Q Piña Colada

Getting caught in the Florida rain isn’t fun, but this piña colada with Don Q Gold Rum definitely is. In 1954, the head bartender at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Monchito Marrero, had the history-making idea to mix the island’s best rum, Don Q Gold, with pineapple and coconut cream to create the now world-famous cocktail. Winning numerous national and international awards, the world agreed that this frozen cocktail is a summer classic—creamy, fruity and delicious.

Don Q Piña Colada

The Recipe

In a blender, add rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, aromatic bitters and crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Add to glass and garnish with a pineapple frond and cocktail umbrella.

Crown Royal Peach Slushie

We’re crowning this slushie cocktail the queen of the summer. She's got peach whisky, juicy fresh peaches and tart lemonade for a sweet, refreshing treat on the hottest days of summer (which, in Florida, is every day of summer).

Crown Royal Peach Slushie

The Recipe

Combine whisky, peaches, frozen lemonade concentrate and water in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a peach slice.

Lemon Drop Icetail

If you love a frozen drink that tastes like a lemon drop, this is the cocktail for you. Made with just vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, a little simple syrup and water, this “icetail” is clean and thirst-quenching.

Lemon Drop Icetail

The Recipe

Combine vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup and water in a mixing glass and stir. Pour contents into cups or ice pop molds, freeze until solid, then serve.

Don Julio Frozen Margarita

A frozen cocktail list simply wouldn’t be complete without a frozen marg, and this one is the best of the best; it’s simple, classic and made with fresh ingredients and good tequila. What more could you ask for?

Don Julio Frozen Margarita

The Recipe

Add tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and ice to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel.

Frozen Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz took the internet by storm last summer...but we can do even better. By swapping the typical soda water for frozen orange juice, you can make a Frozen Aperol Spritz Slushie. Maybe the cocktail puritans will be miffed, but we’ll be slurping on this one by the pool all summer long.

Frozen Aperol Spritz

The Recipe

Add frozen orange juice and Aperol to a blender. Blend well and pour into glass. Top with Prosecco and garnish with an orange wedge.

Key Lime Rum Cream Popsicle

Have your slice of Key Lime pie AND make it boozy with this Key Lime Rum Cream Popsicle. It’s made with Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream, which is like liquid Key Lime pie. Buy two sets of popsicles molds for these; you’ll understand why after you taste the first one.

Key Lime Rum Cream Popsicle

The Recipe

In a shaker, add rum cream, lime juice and cream of coconut. Shake vigorously and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight. Garnish with lime zest, graham cracker crumbs and lime slices.

Tequila Sunrise Popsicle

If you’re into more of a juicy popsicle than a creamy one, this is your pop. Made with three juices, tequila and sweet grenadine, this popsicle is like boozy candy. If you’re watching the sunrise on the beach this summer, be sure to have one of these in hand.

Want to know which beaches in Florida you can drink at? Check out our handy guide to Florida beach drinking here.

Tequila Sunrise Popsicle

The Recipe

In a shaker, add tequila, lime juice, orange juice and pineapple juice. Shake until combined and pour into a 6-ounce popsicle mold. Place in freezer and allow to freeze for 2-3 hours. Remove from freezer and top with grenadine. Freeze overnight.

Kim Crawford Floral Pops

Who says popsicles can’t be elegant? If you prefer wine to cocktails and spirits, freeze up some sauvignon blanc with a little simple syrup and beautiful edible flowers. It's the perfect refreshing summer treat!

Kim Crawford Floral Pops

The Recipe

In a pitcher or large bowl, add wine, simple syrup and edible flowers. Stir to combine and fill popsicle molds with mixture. Freeze for a minimum of 6 hours, or overnight. Serves 8-10.

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