Some summer days are so hot or sticky or both that you need something fast, frozen, and immediate. Thus: frozen cocktails; milkshakes; floats; slushies. Bookmark this post for when you’re dripping with sweat and too hot to think. Here are the easiest, breeziest recipes and gadgets for cooling yourself down fast. (Or at minimum, enjoying yourself in the frostiest way possible!)
Milkshakes. Don’t be suckered into paying $9 for them at the local dairy. Make your own, on the cheap, with good milk, good ice cream, and good fixings. All you need is a good blender or stick blender, plus some ideas beyond ho-hum chocolate and vanilla. Think: malted milk caramel. Mint-chocolate grasshopper milkshakes with cherries on top. Blackberry, thick as can be. Want something verging on cocktail territory? Consider banana and coconut together. Yes! Go to milkshake town.
Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm heroically dreamt up this frozen Piña Colada for us. If the thought of a coconut milkshake just makes you crave this classic cocktail, this is the recipe you want. White rum meets frozen pineapple cubes, pineapple juice, coconut cream and a splash of orange juice, for brightness. The best frozen cocktail recipes are also the easiest, and this one tastes fabulous after just two to three minutes in the blender.
Is there a more cooling drink than a frozen mango margarita? One that effectively says, “Your work today is so completely done!” We don’t think so. You’ll want tequila, limes, the right mango mixer, such as this organic one, or plenty of frozen mango chunks and a high-powered blender. General frozen marg tips are right this way, and a bevy of mixer options are here.
“Goodness, do I really need a recipe for this?” It’s a fair point. But to achieve maximum deliciousness in float-ville for the potable seen above, here’s a tip: First, add the root beer. Then, carefully spoon in the vanilla ice cream. It’s a way to avoid that not-so-tasty, tastes-like-air froth. Yech. (And for bonus points, build your float around an icy root beer granita!)
An affogato is like an early summer or late summer day: It’s just between brain-freezing cold and just-cold-enough. A shot of fresh-brewed espresso pours over vanilla ice cream. It takes the edge off the joe and the ice cream alike. You’ll see little windowpanes of coffee and cream in semi-frozen states. And at the right moment, you can swirl the whole thing together with your spoon for the most divine tiny coffee milkshake on the planet.
Guinness and ice cream together are good enough that one of us used to tote a pint to the local watering hole for DIY floats once weekly. (We don’t recommend this unless you’re friends with the bartender and willing to share, as it’s a headache for them!) This recipe for chocolate-coffee-boozy floats is just as tasty as you’d think. Freezing the pint glasses in advance is a key tip for sodashop-like presentation.
Here’s an easy idea for a fun summer dessert when you’re entertaining outdoors: give everyone a slushie maker and a favorite juice (or chocolate milk!), then let them make their own after-dinner treat. These little beauties are inexpensive and make quick work of DIY slushies. Kids love them. (They also work for adult beverages, but you could consider Rabbit Freezeable Cocktail Makers instead!) No matter which way you go, just be sure there’s enough to go around; these are envy inducing. Everyone wants to be cool.