The days are getting longer, those temperatures are cranking up – once again, it’s time to start plotting how best to keep your cool during a long, hot Sydney summer. Our method of choice is most definitely a frosty, booze-infused cocktail, preferably sipped while soaking up the sunshine in some blissful beer garden. Whether you’re keen to kick it old-school with a classic frozen Margarita, or to jump on the Frosé bandwagon, we’ve found some of the city’s coolest cocktails for the sweaty season. Here are Sydney’s best frozen cocktails and where to find them.
The Ivanhoe Hotel Frozen Cocktails
When it comes to top-notch summer tipples, The Ivanhoe Hotel is kicking serious goals with its take on the frozen cocktail – the lively Pina Colada Slushie. It’s a dreamy blend of Bati dark rum, coconut cream, pineapple and lime that’ll leave you dreaming of far-flung tropical getaways.
Bungalow 8 Frozen Cocktails
At Bungalow 8’s waterfront cocktail lounge, you’ll find plenty of sophisticated thirst-quenchers. But it’s hard to top the ones on offer during the weekend lunchtime Sorbet Sessions, when $79 will get you 2.5 hours of bottomless sorbet cocktails, matched to chic grazing plates. Highlights include the Coconut Kiss, crafted on gin, creme de cacao and coconut sorbet.
Manly Wine Frozen Cocktails
You won’t find many spots better suited to sipping frozen cocktails than breezy, beachside haunt Manly Wine. This chic bar has big love for all wines, all year round, though come summer, it’s hard to go past the ultra-refreshing house Freisling creation. Cool down with this delightful mix of Aussie wine and peach, or opt for the classic strawberry-infused Frosé.
Frosé @ The Port
Darling Harbour
The Port Frozen Cocktails
With its stylish interiors and dressed-up crowd, this harbourside beauty primed for those warm afternoons spent sipping Frosé. Star of the summer cocktail list, the Port’s version of the frozen cocktail blends local rosé with St Germain liqueur and strawberry syrup, resulting in one very fabulous frosty fix. Enjoy alongside a grazing platter while blissing out to weekend DJ tunes.
Mrs G's Frozen Cocktails
This Potts Point bar and restaurant is best known for its mod-Asian eats, though anyone hankering for a frozen cocktail will likely be there for the legendary alcoholic slushees. The Yuzu version is especially fab – a sweet and tangy mix of Wyborowa, yuzu juice, shochu, orange bitters, and lemon that’ll quench that thirst quicker than you can say ‘brain freeze’.
Beach Burrito Frozen Cocktails
This bright, beachside joint serves up lively Mexican fare and a cocktail list to match, with tropical classics sitting alongside four different varieties of Margarita. One of these is a frozen concoction of tequila, Triple Sec and lime, in either classic or watermelon flavour. You can try it solo, share a jug, or score a $6 serve during happy hour (4-6.30pm weekdays).
El Camino Cantina Frozen Cocktails
Everything about El Camino Cantina is big, bold and fun – from the punchy Tex Mex menu, to the rock’n’roll drinks list they’re pouring at the bar. Frozen cocktail fans will likely already be acquainted with the legendary Margaritas served here, each available frozen or on the rocks, and in a range of different sizes. Opt for the classic variation, a fruity mango or strawberry edition, or check out the rotating ‘Rita of The Month’.
Lemon Aspen Gimlet @ Gin Lane Frozen Cocktails
Chippendale small bar Gin Lane is causing a splash this summer with its buzz-worthy frozen cocktail creation, dubbed the Lemon Aspen Gimlet. A jazzed-up version of the classic, it’s a frosty blend of Cointreau, gin and citrus, mixed with a zesty sorbet made from locally foraged lemon aspen.
Frosé @ Helm Bar
Darling Harbour
Helm Bar Frozen Cocktails
If you’re in the mood for a frozen cocktail, consider yourself spoilt for choice at harbourside drinking spot, Helm Bar. Here, you’ll find a swag of options – a Frozen Pina Colada made on Pampero Blanco, a Frosé blended with fresh strawberries, and three different fruity flavours of frozen Daiquiri.
Frosé @ The Lane
Castle Hill
The Lane Frozen Cocktails
Up in Castle Hill, The Lane Wine Bar has launched into summer with the help of this little Frosé number – a chic frozen cocktail crafted on strawberry liquor and a pinot noir rose. Team yours with a few Mediterranean-inspired share plates for the ultimate warm weather drinking session.
The Beresford Hotel Frozen Cocktails
Make the most of The Beresford’s sprawling, sun-drenched beer garden, by settling in with something summery from the bar’s cracking drink selection. If it’s a frozen cocktail that you’re craving, head straight for the frosty embrace of a Frosé, crafted here with Beefeater gin and a fruity hit of watermelon.