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 nitrogen-frozen concoctions, and here's where you'll find them.
The Botanical One: Camino
Frozen G&T you say? That's right. The geniuses at Camino Shoreditch have taken the quintessential gin and tonic and raised it to new heights. A frosty blend of Sipsmith gin, Mediterranean citrus, herbs and tonic, the Pink Med Frozen G&T (£8) is the perfect companion while you're tucking into tapas on the outdoor terrace. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but in this case, we think it's safe to say that this sequel will be the stuff of legends.
The Gangster One: Murder Inc
Inspired by the organised crime groups that ruled New York in the 1930s and 40s, Murder Inc is the latest addition to central London’s bustling bar scene. It’s all a bit tongue-in-cheek, with the guys behind The Cocktail Trading Company up to their usual tricks. Their Frozen Banana Ramos (£9) is a real killer, with the classic fizz given a summery twist using Jager Manifest, banana milk, coconut cream, citrus, stout and egg white. Did we mention it’s on the happy hour menu?
The Fancy One: Coupette
Curated by Chris Moore (ex-head bartender of the Savoy’s Beaufort Bar), 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 (£10), 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 Bottomless One: 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 Islington outpost come the weekend and you’ll even find 60 minutes of unlimited frozen margaritas for only £15. Made with agave tequila and flowing freely, this is one deal that you’ll wanna take full advantage of.
The Strawberry One: Heads + Tails
The best kinda summer cocktails in London? The frosty kind. Head west where Heads + Tails is hoping to quench your thirst with a range of light spritzes and this juicy Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri (£9.50). A fruity twist on the rum classic, this is sure to keep you refreshed as the temperature climbs. Whether you’re in the bright and airy leaf-filled upstairs bar or the sun-soaked garden out back, you won’t go thirsty here.
The Vermouth One: Heddon Street Kitchen
With a menu curated by the German vermouth purveyors, Heddon Street Kitchen has teamed up with Belsazar to deck out their Mayfair terrace with blush hues and refreshing sips. Alongside the Rosé & Tonic and Summer Sun Spritz, there’s the Belsazar Frosé (£9). A grown-up take on the old school slushie, it even sports the same millennial pink tones that adorn the terrace. The ultimate in Instagrammable cocktails.
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 (£7) 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 Mexican One: Queen of Hoxton
This summer, Queen of Hoxton is bringing you a taste of Latin America as their rooftop has been transformed into Las Mexicanas. Get your frozen cocktail fix with their icy Pineapple Margarita (or the giant frozen version) and tuck into a selection of Mexican dishes; from slow-cooked pork tacos to vegan chayote and nachos. If that’s not enough, then the live wrestling and stunning views will do it.
The Scientific One: Eve
A subterranean bar housed underneath The Frog, Eve has MasterChef finalist Adam Handling at the helm. The menu is divided into sections of Innocence, Temptation, Indulgence, Antique and Non-Intoxicating (not that we ever go for those). Our favourite is the Endeavour (£13); a silky smooth mix of Tanqueray No. Ten, coconut milk and eucalyptus, shaken with Branca Menta and cardamom before being blasted with liquid nitrogen for the ultimate in frozen alchemy.
Still thirsty? Check out our guide to Summertime Bars in London.