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Refreshing Frozen Drinks for Cooling Down This Summer in Atlanta

From frozen margaritas and frozen lemonade to Jack and Coke slushies and frozen pina coladas

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The heat is on in Atlanta again. Buddying up with Georgia’s swampy humidity, a late-spring day or summer afternoon in the upper 80s here can easily feel like 95 sweltering degrees, or more. In such a steamy city, sipping on a frozen beverage isn’t just an indulgence, it’s a necessity. Eater mapped out a few frozen drinks, slushies, and milkshakes (some with booze, some without) to seek out at restaurants and bars around Atlanta.

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Nouveau Bar & Grill

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The menu at this College Park restaurant and lounge centers around comfort foods, like jerk wings, sticky fried ribs, four cheese spinach dip, and Windy City crab cakes, paired with boozy punches and frozen margaritas and frozen boozy lemonade. There’s also a location in Jonesboro.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Westside

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The popular Texas barbecue joint collaborated with the folks over at Ticonderoga Club to create a frozen version of the restaurant’s Orange Drink, featuring Angelus liqueur, Cathead honeysuckle vodka, Angostura Bitters, Clement Creole Shrubb, and citrus juices. This frozen beverage is only served during the summer.

Westside Motor Lounge

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Located on the corner of Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Westside Motor Lounge takes over two former automotive shops, four shipping containers, and a 1982 Mercedes Wagon, transforming the site into three dining, drinking, and entertainment spaces. This spot is all about outdoor seating, snacking, and cocktail sipping, especially during the summer. Order a Pink Cadillac frozen margarita with reposado tequila, orange liqueur, and strawberries.

The Varsity

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The Varsity is likely Atlanta’s biggest dining tourist attraction. It still offers the most famous hot dog in the city. And folks are willing to brave the crowds for it, even on the weekends. Opened in 1928, the restaurant has served just about everyone. That includes a few presidents like Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as movie stars like Clark Gable and business tycoons such as Warren Buffett. When the car hop asks, “What’ll ya have”, the answer is a chili dog with a frosted orange — an orange milkshake mixed with vanilla ice cream and the Varsity’s orange drink.

Trader Vic's

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Trader Vic’s menu of tiki drinks offers some frozen favorites, like the massive Rum Cup, the potent Honolulu, and the frosty Peachtree Punch. The restaurant also serve spins on daiquiris and standard margaritas, both frozen or on the rocks.

Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina

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This Midtown Mexican restaurant staple located a couple of blocks from Piedmont Park is where to head for great warm weather patio vibes on the deck and solid margaritas. Get the house margarita fresh or frozen here. Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez-Obregon also own Chattahoochee Food Works stall Taqueria La Luz in Underwood Hills.

Bon Ton Atlanta

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The menu suggests “cold drinks for hot food” and Bon Ton offers two frozen drinks to beat the heat this summer in ATL. The Frozen Ward Six Cup, aka “Pimm’s Cup,” combines house-made vodka “Pimm’s” with cucumber, fruit, ginger, and lemon — a combination that pairs well with the seafood boils on the menu or spicy food. Enjoy the frozen Vietnamese Irish Coffee with dessert or as dessert. This drink mixes Jameson, coffee brandy, sweetened condense milk, chicory coffee, cream, and nutmeg for a java-centric drink which packs a punch.

Mambo Zombi

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Led by longtime Atlanta bartender Kysha Cyrus, Mambo Zombi is located above Georgia Beer Garden. Entering into this Edgewood Avenue cocktail bar is like stepping into a celebration of the afterlife, inspired by festival holidays like Día de los Muertos, All Souls Day, and Qingming. Expect Caribbean-style drinks and classic cocktails here, including the Singapore Sling, Mai Tai, Harvey Wallbanger, and Ti’ Punch. But when it’s warm outside in Atlanta, nothing beats the frozen pina colada at Mambo Zombi mixed with Bacardi tropical rum, fresh coconut, pineapple, and “happiness”.

The Little Tart Bakeshop

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Yes, Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park now features a slushie machine serving frozen strawberry margaritas and coffee slush cocktails. The bar at the Grant Park location is open until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and until 3 p.m. on the weekends.

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

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Located on the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard, it’s hard to miss this bar filled with plenty of kitsch and cheeky religious memorabilia filling every nook and cranny. Sister Louisa’s currently features the Blood of Christ slushie on the drinks menu — a mix of Cheerwine and Sailor Jerry rum — because it’s starting to get “hot as hell out there” in Atlanta. There’s also a frozen margarita, too.

Sean's Harvest Market

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Grab sandwiches from the walk-up window at breakfast or lunch and a refreshing frozen lemonade to enjoy on the patio or at nearby Piedmont Park on a sunny day from this Midtown sandwich and smoothie bar. Looking for a smoothie? The selection of smoothies at Sean’s range from zippy energy boosters containing espresso to those loaded with fruit, kale, and herbs. Check out the milkshakes here, too, like the green tea shake or the Fosters Latte with hazelnut, banana, and espresso. A location is also open in Candler Park.

Lottafrutta

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There’s no shortage of cool drinks on the menu at this Old Fourth Ward sandwich shop and market, including the coffita frio — Cuban coffee blended with ice and topped with coconut crema whipped up to frozen perfection. It’s a solid frosty blend of coffee and dessert.

King of Pops Bar

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The pop shop’s boozy side comes out with its “poptails” and “pops n’ hops” — or pops served in cocktails and beers, as well as spiked slushies. Slushie flavors rotate at the bar, but offerings have included a classic margarita, vodka lemonade, rosé, piña colada, and lime rose gin.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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Nothing pairs with a Grindhouse burger on a scorching day like one of the restaurant’s boozy shakes. The shake roster includes the El Duderino, a coffee shake mixed with coffee liqueur and Svedka vanilla vodka, the Oreo shake Stimulus Package with peppermint schnapps, and Monkey Wrench made with chocolate peanut butter malt, banana liqueur, and vanilla vodka. Shakes also come booze-free, with flavors ranging from vanilla to chocolate peanut butter.

Rina, an Israeli-style shipudiya or skewer house at the Ford Factory Lofts, serves a menu of mezze, hummus, pita sandwiches, platters, and kebabs and draft and frozen cocktails and milkshakes. Shakes like the Tahini or Turkish coffee can be made boozy by adding rum or bourbon upon request. There’s often a frozen cocktail on the menu during the warmer months, too. Grab drinks from the walk-up window off the Eastside Beltline.

Muchacho

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Muchacho underwent a renovation last year that saw the restaurant take over and transform the Golden Eagle diner club space into a breezy and light-filled West Coast-style cafe and bar with an expanded food and drink menu. In addition to margaritas and seasonal cocktails, there’s also two frozen drinks on the menu now, including the SPF Zero with rum, pineapple, and coconut cream and the Bag of Fireworks blending tequila with mango and passion fruit purees.

Victory Sandwich Bar

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Few will dispute the frosty goodness of Victory’s Jack and Coke slushie — and for good reason. The sandwich bar’s slightly melted slush ice is the perfect vehicle to accentuate Coke’s brassy tang paired with whiskey. There’s also a location in Decatur.

ParkGrounds

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The Reynoldstown cafe and coffee shop just transformed its dog park into a beer garden, complete with shade covers, tables and chairs, and food trucks on the weekends. Don’t worry, ParkGrounds still serves its popular boozy slushies on the menu. Dogs on leashes are welcome in the beer garden as long as they are supervised.

Whiskey Bird

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On top of offering a frosé made with pink guava, this Virginia-Highland restaurant also serves frozen lavender palomas and a frozen cocktail called the Dreamsicle — an orange creamsicle wine slushie. Frozen drinks come by the glass or the quart, if ordering takeout. Grab dinner and drinks on the patio or order to-go from Little Bird, the restaurant’s to-go window out front.

Pollo Primo

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The beverage move at this Sinaloan-style chicken restaurant in East Atlanta is the frozen margarita with a splash of hibiscus agua fresca on a hot day.

The Midway Pub

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This East Atlanta favorite known for its “Friday night flights” under the stars on its low-key neighborhood patio serves a menu filled with solid pub grub, including wings, burgers, fish and chips, and a fried chicken sandwich which can come topped with pimento cheese and candied jalepeños. Order a frosty frose or the Danger Frosty — Midway’s frozen take on the Bushwacker cocktail.

Inner Voice Brewing

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This Decatur brewery also serves a variety of boozy slushies throughout the spring and summer. Order a pizza from Glide at the window in the taproom and cool down with whatever slushie is on rotation, chased by one of the brewery’s Mexican-style lagers or fruited sours. Keep an eye out for the popular Underberg slushies at Inner Voice.

The S.O.S. Tiki Bar

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While S.O.S. Tiki Bar’s cocktail list provides no opportunity to go wrong with any order, an icy drink helps take the edge off the Georgia heat. The only frozen cocktail on the menu at this Decatur bar is the Pain Killa — a blend of white rum, aged rum, coconut cream, orange, and pineapple. Get it for $7. Feel the burn with extra rum for an additional $2.

4.0 Ice Cream & Drinks

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Located above Shoya Izakaya at the H Mart plaza, cool down on a hot day with one of the many slushes on the menu at this ice cream shop. Try the pink lychee tea, strawberry sago, Oreo cheese, or roasted red bean slush.

Nouveau Bar & Grill

The menu at this College Park restaurant and lounge centers around comfort foods, like jerk wings, sticky fried ribs, four cheese spinach dip, and Windy City crab cakes, paired with boozy punches and frozen margaritas and frozen boozy lemonade. There’s also a location in Jonesboro.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Westside

The popular Texas barbecue joint collaborated with the folks over at Ticonderoga Club to create a frozen version of the restaurant’s Orange Drink, featuring Angelus liqueur, Cathead honeysuckle vodka, Angostura Bitters, Clement Creole Shrubb, and citrus juices. This frozen beverage is only served during the summer.

Westside Motor Lounge

Located on the corner of Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Westside Motor Lounge takes over two former automotive shops, four shipping containers, and a 1982 Mercedes Wagon, transforming the site into three dining, drinking, and entertainment spaces. This spot is all about outdoor seating, snacking, and cocktail sipping, especially during the summer. Order a Pink Cadillac frozen margarita with reposado tequila, orange liqueur, and strawberries.

The Varsity

The Varsity is likely Atlanta’s biggest dining tourist attraction. It still offers the most famous hot dog in the city. And folks are willing to brave the crowds for it, even on the weekends. Opened in 1928, the restaurant has served just about everyone. That includes a few presidents like Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as movie stars like Clark Gable and business tycoons such as Warren Buffett. When the car hop asks, “What’ll ya have”, the answer is a chili dog with a frosted orange — an orange milkshake mixed with vanilla ice cream and the Varsity’s orange drink.

Trader Vic's

Trader Vic’s menu of tiki drinks offers some frozen favorites, like the massive Rum Cup, the potent Honolulu, and the frosty Peachtree Punch. The restaurant also serve spins on daiquiris and standard margaritas, both frozen or on the rocks.

Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina

This Midtown Mexican restaurant staple located a couple of blocks from Piedmont Park is where to head for great warm weather patio vibes on the deck and solid margaritas. Get the house margarita fresh or frozen here. Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez-Obregon also own Chattahoochee Food Works stall Taqueria La Luz in Underwood Hills.

Bon Ton Atlanta

The menu suggests “cold drinks for hot food” and Bon Ton offers two frozen drinks to beat the heat this summer in ATL. The Frozen Ward Six Cup, aka “Pimm’s Cup,” combines house-made vodka “Pimm’s” with cucumber, fruit, ginger, and lemon — a combination that pairs well with the seafood boils on the menu or spicy food. Enjoy the frozen Vietnamese Irish Coffee with dessert or as dessert. This drink mixes Jameson, coffee brandy, sweetened condense milk, chicory coffee, cream, and nutmeg for a java-centric drink which packs a punch.

Mambo Zombi

Led by longtime Atlanta bartender Kysha Cyrus, Mambo Zombi is located above Georgia Beer Garden. Entering into this Edgewood Avenue cocktail bar is like stepping into a celebration of the afterlife, inspired by festival holidays like Día de los Muertos, All Souls Day, and Qingming. Expect Caribbean-style drinks and classic cocktails here, including the Singapore Sling, Mai Tai, Harvey Wallbanger, and Ti’ Punch. But when it’s warm outside in Atlanta, nothing beats the frozen pina colada at Mambo Zombi mixed with Bacardi tropical rum, fresh coconut, pineapple, and “happiness”.

The Little Tart Bakeshop

Yes, Little Tart Bakeshop in Grant Park now features a slushie machine serving frozen strawberry margaritas and coffee slush cocktails. The bar at the Grant Park location is open until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and until 3 p.m. on the weekends.

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

Located on the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard, it’s hard to miss this bar filled with plenty of kitsch and cheeky religious memorabilia filling every nook and cranny. Sister Louisa’s currently features the Blood of Christ slushie on the drinks menu — a mix of Cheerwine and Sailor Jerry rum — because it’s starting to get “hot as hell out there” in Atlanta. There’s also a frozen margarita, too.

Sean's Harvest Market

Grab sandwiches from the walk-up window at breakfast or lunch and a refreshing frozen lemonade to enjoy on the patio or at nearby Piedmont Park on a sunny day from this Midtown sandwich and smoothie bar. Looking for a smoothie? The selection of smoothies at Sean’s range from zippy energy boosters containing espresso to those loaded with fruit, kale, and herbs. Check out the milkshakes here, too, like the green tea shake or the Fosters Latte with hazelnut, banana, and espresso. A location is also open in Candler Park.

Lottafrutta

There’s no shortage of cool drinks on the menu at this Old Fourth Ward sandwich shop and market, including the coffita frio — Cuban coffee blended with ice and topped with coconut crema whipped up to frozen perfection. It’s a solid frosty blend of coffee and dessert.

King of Pops Bar

The pop shop’s boozy side comes out with its “poptails” and “pops n’ hops” — or pops served in cocktails and beers, as well as spiked slushies. Slushie flavors rotate at the bar, but offerings have included a classic margarita, vodka lemonade, rosé, piña colada, and lime rose gin.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Nothing pairs with a Grindhouse burger on a scorching day like one of the restaurant’s boozy shakes. The shake roster includes the El Duderino, a coffee shake mixed with coffee liqueur and Svedka vanilla vodka, the Oreo shake Stimulus Package with peppermint schnapps, and Monkey Wrench made with chocolate peanut butter malt, banana liqueur, and vanilla vodka. Shakes also come booze-free, with flavors ranging from vanilla to chocolate peanut butter.

Rina

Rina, an Israeli-style shipudiya or skewer house at the Ford Factory Lofts, serves a menu of mezze, hummus, pita sandwiches, platters, and kebabs and draft and frozen cocktails and milkshakes. Shakes like the Tahini or Turkish coffee can be made boozy by adding rum or bourbon upon request. There’s often a frozen cocktail on the menu during the warmer months, too. Grab drinks from the walk-up window off the Eastside Beltline.

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Muchacho

Muchacho underwent a renovation last year that saw the restaurant take over and transform the Golden Eagle diner club space into a breezy and light-filled West Coast-style cafe and bar with an expanded food and drink menu. In addition to margaritas and seasonal cocktails, there’s also two frozen drinks on the menu now, including the SPF Zero with rum, pineapple, and coconut cream and the Bag of Fireworks blending tequila with mango and passion fruit purees.

Victory Sandwich Bar

Few will dispute the frosty goodness of Victory’s Jack and Coke slushie — and for good reason. The sandwich bar’s slightly melted slush ice is the perfect vehicle to accentuate Coke’s brassy tang paired with whiskey. There’s also a location in Decatur.

ParkGrounds

The Reynoldstown cafe and coffee shop just transformed its dog park into a beer garden, complete with shade covers, tables and chairs, and food trucks on the weekends. Don’t worry, ParkGrounds still serves its popular boozy slushies on the menu. Dogs on leashes are welcome in the beer garden as long as they are supervised.

Whiskey Bird

On top of offering a frosé made with pink guava, this Virginia-Highland restaurant also serves frozen lavender palomas and a frozen cocktail called the Dreamsicle — an orange creamsicle wine slushie. Frozen drinks come by the glass or the quart, if ordering takeout. Grab dinner and drinks on the patio or order to-go from Little Bird, the restaurant’s to-go window out front.

Pollo Primo

The beverage move at this Sinaloan-style chicken restaurant in East Atlanta is the frozen margarita with a splash of hibiscus agua fresca on a hot day.

The Midway Pub

This East Atlanta favorite known for its “Friday night flights” under the stars on its low-key neighborhood patio serves a menu filled with solid pub grub, including wings, burgers, fish and chips, and a fried chicken sandwich which can come topped with pimento cheese and candied jalepeños. Order a frosty frose or the Danger Frosty — Midway’s frozen take on the Bushwacker cocktail.

Inner Voice Brewing

This Decatur brewery also serves a variety of boozy slushies throughout the spring and summer. Order a pizza from Glide at the window in the taproom and cool down with whatever slushie is on rotation, chased by one of the brewery’s Mexican-style lagers or fruited sours. Keep an eye out for the popular Underberg slushies at Inner Voice.

The S.O.S. Tiki Bar

While S.O.S. Tiki Bar’s cocktail list provides no opportunity to go wrong with any order, an icy drink helps take the edge off the Georgia heat. The only frozen cocktail on the menu at this Decatur bar is the Pain Killa — a blend of white rum, aged rum, coconut cream, orange, and pineapple. Get it for $7. Feel the burn with extra rum for an additional $2.

4.0 Ice Cream & Drinks

Located above Shoya Izakaya at the H Mart plaza, cool down on a hot day with one of the many slushes on the menu at this ice cream shop. Try the pink lychee tea, strawberry sago, Oreo cheese, or roasted red bean slush.

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