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Cool Off With These Boozy Frozen Drinks in D.C.

by Lanna Nguyen on Jul 11, 2017 in Roundups

When DC’s signature heat and humidity begins to seep into the city, there’s only one way to stay cool: with a frozen cocktail in hand. Don’t break a sweat, we’ve pulled together our pick of icy libations you need to get your hands on stat.

Chaplin’s
The Japanese restaurant and bar may be known for its ramen and gyoza, but equally tasty are the inventive cocktails including the Frozen Snow Monkeys. Choose from the Purple Rain (Ultimat Vodka, Kirschwasser, Blueberry, Yuzu, Prosecco, Honey, Jasmine Bitters) or the Tokyo Tea (Ultimat Vodka, Damrak Gin, Pyrat Rum, Citronge, Kalani Coconut Liqueur, Green Tea, Coconut, Cream Soda). Pro tip: stop by during weekend brunch, snag a seat on the patio and score half off the large glasses of these Monkeys until 4 PM. (1501 9th St, NW; 202- 644-8806)

Commissary
This town has been overcome with frosé fever, but Logan Circle’s Commissary makes a variation mixing rosé, vodka, Aperol, Peach and Orange that is too good to pass up. (1443 P St, NW; 202-299-0018)
 
Del Frisco’s Grille
At the downtown chophouse, your order of White Sangria comes with a side of popsicle (Pinot Grigio, White Peach Puree, Peach Schnapps, Strawberry Peach Popsicle) - a perfect drink to beat the DC heat. (1201 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 202-450-4686)
 
Estadio
The Spanish tapas spot is known for its rotating seasonal flavors of boozy “slushitos” - try the current variations with your small plates-style brunch or dinner: Pistachio, Gin and Manzanilla or the Grapefruit, Chia, Tequila, Lemon and Campari. (1520 14th St, NW; 202-319-1404)
 
El Rey
Nothing says summertime quite like tacos and an ice cold beer - take it up another notch at El Rey and pair your tacos with The Iceberg: your choice of draft beer with a frozen margarita float. (919 U St, NW; 202-506-6418)
 
Millie’s DC
Get a taste of New England at the Nantucket-style fish house and order up the Frozen Riptide to go along with your shrimp tacos and lobster rolls (spiced rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, Coco Lopez and freshly ground nutmeg). The frozen drink comes in two sizes: Little for $7 and Big for $13 - You don’t have to ask us which size we recommend ordering… (4866 Massachusetts Ave, NW; 202-733-5789)
 
Ris
The West End bistro takes your favorite childhood summertime snack to a whole new level with its Popsicle Brunch - choose between the Ginger Orange Pineapple Popsicle or the Strawberry Mimosa (bottomless options are available) - which, you guessed it, is a mimosa served with a popsicle in the glass. (2275 L St, NW; 202-730-2500)
 
Vola’s Dockside
The seafood and raw bar restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria offers up waterfront views and two frozen cocktails perfect for sipping al fresco on a warm, summer day. Try the Missionary’s Melon made with rum, melon liqueur, cinnamony, white pepper-peach syrup and basil or the Tide & Fog: rum, gin cognac, sherry, lemongrass-ginger syrup and citrus juices. (101 N. Union St, Alexandria; 703-935-8890)

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