Bring on the brain freeze! It’s that time of year when frozen cocktails are a must at the beach, by the pool and at outdoor restaurants throughout the Philadelphia area. We searched for the best frozen drinks for our readers to enjoy this summer, both indoors and out. The choices are endless, from tropical to deep-South favorites. Make it with or without alcohol — both are equally enjoyable.
Cantina Los Caballitos
1651 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
If you’re looking for the ultimate frozen margarita, then Cantina Los Caballitos is your place. Frozen or on the rocks, you will not be disappointed. Try the classic margarita, which comes in a variety of flavors like tangerine, prickly pear, blood orange, strawberry, passion fruit, mango, watermelon, raspberry, pineapple, guava or melon. All classic margaritas are served with freshly squeezed lime.
3649 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Clock Bar is a dive that only the truly adventurous will appreciate. If you’re in the market for some of the best frozen drinks in town, it’s worth the journey. The bartenders at Clock Bar do not skimp on the alcohol and use top-of-the-line brands as well. Take a shot at the “Smooth B*tch” to wash down the delectable seafood that the establishment is also known for.
Khyber Pass Pub
56 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Do a little mind travel and visit Louisiana from the heart of Philadelphia this summer. Khyber Pass Pub offers everything Louisiana Southern-style including its famous mint julep — slushy style. Bourbon, water, mint-infused syrup and a little lime juice is blended in Khyber’s own slushy machine behind the bar. This Old City bar also offers white peach, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and more. While the delightful cocktail is offered all year long, it’s never more refreshing than during the hot summer months.
1050 N. Hancock St., Suite 67
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Spiked milkshakes are a specialty at PYT in Northern Liberties. And while milkshakes are always fun, spiked milkshakes make them even more fun. This decadent frozen sweetness in a cup will delight and leave you refreshed. The frozen desserts come in a variety of combinations, such as Bananas John Foster and Birthday Cake Shake. Go out on a limb and try the Peanut Butter Bacon Time made with vanilla ice cream, vanilla vodka, real bacon, creamy peanut butter and whipped cream. But the list doesn’t stop there. PYT offers more delicious frozen drinks that will add to your favorite summer treats.
124 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Sampan is a popular Asian-fusion restaurant with an indoor-outdoor bar scene that is not to be overlooked. The bartenders are busy whipping up delicious cucumber’ritas in the slushy machine, made with El Jimado, the tequila of choice. Other frozen flavors are available as well.