Rooftop dining, alfresco sipping, beer garden lounging... summer is coming. There’s nothing like soaking up the sun and we've got just the thing to keep you hydrated this season. London is home to some of the world’s best bars so why settle for a boring old drink when you can get a world-class creation which tastes every bit as cool as it looks? We've rounded up 9 of the best frozen cocktails in London; from posh pina coladas to espresso martini slushies, and here's where you'll find them.
The Slushy Series: Pastaio
Sure, you've seen Pastaio's summery slushies, but this season is a little different. For an exclusive series in collaboration with its friends from the worlds of food, drinks and design, the pasta favourite is offering creative takes on their signature sips. Get a taste of Climpson & Sons' frozen espresso martini in June, before Lahpet brings you the Myanmar sling in July, Three Sheets takes over with a palo santo margarita come August, and design studio Campbell-Rey ends September with the peach, mezcal and lime.
The One With A Comedy Show: Trapeze
If you’re after frozen tipples and cracking entertainment, then head to Shoreditch’s Trapeze. This summer, the venue is hosting a series of hilarious stand-ups acts from City Comedy Club on Thursdays and Fridays. Past guests have included the likes of Ali Woods, Davina Bentley and Raj Poorjara so get ready to laugh your head off all while sipping on your choice of a frozen margarita or strawberry daiquiri slushie (drink included in £10 ticket).
The Fancy One: Coupette
Curated by some of East London's finest bartenders, the cocktail menu at Coupette encapsulates French cultural icons from the worlds of art, music, photography and dance. The epitome of this is the award-winning Champagne Pina Colada (£12), which is probably the classiest you’ll ever find. It's a velvety combination of Bacardi Heritage, rhum agricole, pineapple and coconut sorbet topped with Moet & Chandon for a fizzy finish.
The Frosè One: Funkidory
Frosè Paloma, you say? That's right. The geniuses at Peckham-based Funkidory have taken the quintessential grapefruit sip and raised it to new heights. A frosty blend of Agave Blanco tequila, rosé wine and homemade grapefruit cordial, the Frosè Paloma is the perfect companion while you're soaking up the soundtrack of funk and hip hop.
The Gangster One: Murder Inc
Inspired by the organised crime groups that ruled New York in the 1930s and 40s, Murder Inc is all a bit tongue-in-cheek, with the guys behind The Cocktail Trading Company up to their usual tricks. Their Frozen Banana Ramos (£10) is a real killer, with the classic fizz given a summery twist using Jägermeister, banana milk, coconut cream, citrus, stout and egg white. Did we mention it’s on the happy hour menu?
The One In A Garden: Nebula
Teaming up with Cointreau for a summer garden in the heart of Hackney, Nebula has got all sorts of drinks up for grabs. Stop by the East London gem for frozen margaritas (£9) alongside classic cocktails with a twist and plenty of pizza. Our top tip? Head down on a Tuesday for all you can eat slices and a negroni for only £10.
The Margarita: BabaBoom
Breathing a new lease of life into the humble kebab, BabaBoom pairs perfectly charred veg and mouthfuls of meat with fluffy grilled bread. Make your way to their outposts in Battersea and Stratford for frozen passionfruit margaritas (£6.25). Made with agave tequila, it's the perfect choice for sipping on a hot day.
The Negroni: Sabine
The best kinda summer cocktails in London? The frosty kind. Head to the City where Sabine is hoping to quench your thirst with a range of light spritzes and this juicy frozen blood orange negroni (£15). A blend of Campari, Nove di Dante Red Vermouth and Whitley Neill Blood Orange, this is sure to keep you refreshed as the temperature climbs.
The Italian One: Swift
A staple of Soho’s cocktail scene, Swift is known for its world-class drinks like the infamous Irish coffee. From the brains behind Nightjar and Oriole, this spot on Old Compton Street champions innovative cocktails and the Sgroppino (£8) embodies this. Short and light, the frothy creation is an airy mixture of prosecco and Italicus, topped with tangy lemon sorbet. You’ll find it on the menu upstairs; where the bar is brightly lit, with art deco features and high stools.
The Icy Paloma: Los Mochis
While things may be heating up in the city, Notting Hill restaurant is taking us back to cooler climes. Along with a menu of over 20 tacos, ceviche and sashimi, Los Mochis serves the frozen Paloma (£14), made using Tapatio reposado tequila, chilli tincture and Two Keys pink grapefruit soda.