Whether it’s the dog days of summer or the middle of March, in Miami it’s always frozen cocktail weather. These slushy-like delights are sweet, refreshing, and just what we need to take the edge off and cool down. Known for being one of the most popular and exciting areas of the city, Brickell and Downtown Miami are home to a long list of restaurants and bars that serve up delectable eats and cravable cocktails — many of which just so happen to be frozen.
Here are six of the best frozen cocktails in Brickell and Downtown.
After a long day, Downtown’s Over Under is the place to be for happy hour specials, a great burger, and a killer Frozen Muscle Relaxer. This frozen concoction does the trick and can be made extra strong upon request. From Level 1 (sorta fun) to Level 4 (on the floor), it’s made with rum, passion fruit, fresh-squeezed orange juice, coconut cream, and citrus. It’s a steal at just $5 during happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. every day.
Most recently, Bayside Marketplace welcomed Black Market to their waterfront paradise. This Miami-themed sports bar also rolled out a new frozen Watermelon Red Bull Margarita, exclusively available at their Bayside location. Sports fans and tourists alike can stay refreshed with this frozen libation, featuring Cazadores Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, agave, and watermelon Red Bull. Sip it on their outdoor patio and soak in all the views with plenty of people watching.
Located directly on the Miami River, you’ll find American Social. With a fairly classic American-style bar menu — think burgers, wings, peel n’ eat shrimp — they keep it simple with a frozen Jack & Coke. Made with Jack Daniel’s, Coca Cola, and a Filthy Red Cherry, upgrade this frozen beverage to be served in an AmSo signature Jack & Coke mug. It makes for a perfect sipper while watching the party boats pass by on the River. Or if you’re on the boat, pops in for a frosty cocktail as there’s a dock right out front.
Latin Cafe 2000 in Brickell has The El Floridita Daiquiri, a recipe that’s accredited to Manuel Carbajo Aguiar, cantinero at the original El Floridita, Havana, Cuba. Compared to a traditional daiquiri, which would be strained into coupe glasses or served on the rocks, this slushy version is a refreshing change of pace. It’s made with Havana Club rum, lime juice, cane sugar, Lazzaroni Maraschino liqueur, and ice blended with care until it’s the perfect amount of slush. Then it’s poured into a martini glass and ready to enjoy.
A brunch heavy menu inspired by a love of bacon, Bayside’s Bacon Bitch location is its newest in the 305. Along with a massive menu of breakfasty items — think over-the-top croissant sandwiches and steak n’ eggs — there’s almost a dozen frozen cocktails to be enjoyed. Those who want to be Miami AF, opt for The Hustle made with tequila reposado, JF Haden’s mango liqueur, fresh lime, and a salted rim.
Located in Brickell City Centre, you’ll find Tacology by chef Santiago Gomez, a brightly decorated Mexican hotspot serving traditional bites, tacos, and lots and lots of agave cocktails. A favorite? The Slushy Catrina is made with mezcal joven, Chinola passion fruit liqueur, lime, and agave served in a pretty sugar skull mug. Pair this bad boy with an order of guac or queso fundido for the start of a fantastic meal.