In search of ice-cold refreshment as temperatures climb? Luckily, there's no shortage of frosty ways to imbibe, including delicious boozy slushies that are a far cry from the 7-11 Slurpees of your youth, frosé, frozen sake, and ice pops dunked in bubbly. Below, we've rounded up a selection of places where you can find the good kind of Seattle freeze. For more ideas, check out our complete food and drink calendar.
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The Capitol Hill watering hole is infamous for its frozen Painkiller cocktail, a heady blend of Havana club rum, coconut, orange, nutmeg, and cinnamon, topped with a cocktail umbrella. Other frozen cocktail specials may also make an appearance.
Some of the Northwest-inspired Mexican restaurant's cocktails, like their frosé sangria (made with rosé, singani, triple sec, guava, and citrus) and their avocado margarita (with blanco tequila, citrus, avocado, and cane sugar) are served frozen.
Jude's Old Town
The family-friendly Rainier Beach neighborhood bar's resident slushie machine, which they've christened "Buffy the summertime slushie slayer," offers rotating slushie specials daily, in flavors like lemon drop, agave bloom, and frozen pineapple daiquiri.
Marination Ma Kai
The Hawaiian-Korean fusion chain's West Seattle outpost serves an island take on frosé, made with strawberry purée, Liliko’i liquor and rosé—the perfect thing to enjoy on their patio while taking in the view of Seattle.
The slushie machines at Capitol Hill's kitschy dive dispense delicious boozy libations like frosé, pink guava Moscow mules, avocado margaritas, pineapple margaritas, and the El Diablo (a savory-spicy concoction with tequila, citrus, and cassis).
New Luck Toy
Four frozen cocktails reign at the top of this West Seattle bar's drink menu, including the Crimson Tiger Margarita (tequila, strawberry, prickly cactus, triple sec, and lime), the "Lucky" Colada (rum, crème de cacao, frangelico, coconut, and pineapple), the Singapore Slingblade (gin, cherry brandy, brandy, mango, orgeat, lemon, and bitters), and the Hurricane (dark rum, light rum, lime, passion fruit, and orange).
Rachel's Ginger Beer
The spicy-sweet Seattle staple is even better when swirled into frozen cocktails. Their pink guava Moscow mule is available at all RGB locations, while a rotation of additional frosty concoctions are on offer at Capitol Hill and University Village.
Red Star Taco Bar
At the communist-themed taco bar, you can get margarita slushies alongside your street tacos, in flavors like lime, mango, peach, strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate.
As a welcome happy-hour cooler on sweltering days, this Capitol Hill Thai restaurant has introduced "poptails" (boozy frozen popsicles) to its bar, available in limited quantities with a new featured flavor each Monday—variations so far have included Thai tea, Moscow mule, and watermelon.
The concept for restaurateur Mark Fuller's pizzeria is a winner: pizza pies and boozy slushie machines. There's a tequila passionfruit habanero flavor, one with Kraken rum and root beer, another with ginger and papaya, and a frozen version of a Jungle Bird (a classic tiki cocktail with Campari, rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and pineapple juice).
Univeristy District and West Seattle
This Tom Douglas restaurant was one of the first in Seattle to hop on the boozy-slushie bandwagon with their sake slushies when they opened in 2013. They come in four flavors: original (Ozeki sake with lemon juice and simple syrup churned through a slushie machine), "Pucker Up (passionfruit peach), ruby red (Aperol and pamplemousse), and pineapple crush (Midori and pineapple).
Want a slushie with your brunch? Of course you do. Beloved Wallingford neighborhood spot Union Saloon serves slushy versions of their Saloon Mimosa and Ramos Fizz as part of their weekend brunch menu (which includes dishes like braised pork cheeks with eggs and fried chicken with biscuits and gravy). On Tuesday evenings, the restaurant serves paloma slushies to go with their weekly tostada special.