A frosted glass filled to the rim with an icy-cold cocktail is the perfect answer to the question of what to sip on a sweltering day. That’s right: even if you don’t have access to a sparkling swimming pool or beautiful white-sand beach, anyone can reach for an ice cube tray and whip up a frosty drink to cool down with during the hottest of summer days. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ice-cold drink recipes – including two variations on a summery punch studded with ice and a unique ice cream cocktail that’s decidedly grown up – to keep you cool as the temperatures rise.
Junior Merino’s avocado rum ice cream cocktail
Keep the kids away from this ice cream, as this frosty blend of avocado, coconut cream and silk condensed milk is generously spiked with rum and then frozen for a treat that’s adults-only.
1 avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
6 ounces condensed milk
6 ounces canned coconut milk
4 ounces Rumchata liqueur (available online)
4 ounces oat milk
2 ounces white rum
2 ounces Midori
2 ounces sweetened coconut cream
Preparation: In a blender, combine all ingredients; whirl until smooth. Pour into an airtight container, cover and freeze for at least 8 hours. To serve, defrost 15 minutes and scoop into martini glass. Makes one quart.
Not all piña coladas are created equal and this version, made with fresh pineapple juice and coconut water, lets the vibrant flavors sing. Click here for the recipe.
Margaritas aren’t the only option when it comes to whipping up an icy tequila cocktail. Instead, try this tequila punch, spiked with fresh grapefruit juice, sweet agave nectar and the sweet fizz of Jarritos grapefruit soda. Click here for the recipe.
San Francisco claims to be the birthplace of pisco punch, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a batch at home. This version by mixologist Carlos Yturria plays up pisco’s floral notes with pineapple, lime and pomegranate juice; easy to mix up for a crowd, it’s ideal for serving at a poolside get-together or barbeque. Click here for the recipe.