If you don’t have a pool this summer, beat the heat with the next best thing: a frozen cocktail. While we’ve long been known as the city for half-yard glasses of sugary slushies, Vegas has leveled up its icy cocktail game, and you should, too. Say adios to those Blue Curaçao-filled drinks and give one of these classier frozen cocktails a try.
Electra Cocktail Club Sam Ross’ latest bar concept inside the Palazzo is his most modern and sexy yet, so it’s no wonder he’s given his classic Penicillin cocktail a chill, contemporary upgrade. For the Penichillin ($18), Ross simply takes the ingredients from the original—Scotch, fresh lemon, ginger, honey and smoky Scotch—and blends them with ice for a playful take. Palazzo, 702-607-1950.
Starboard Tack This local watering hole specializes in rum, and it also makes one of the best frozen cocktails in the city.The Mango Chi Chi ($8) combines vodka, pineapple juice, coconut cream and mango puree for a refreshingly creamy and sweet sip that drinks as smooth as a mocktail … until you’ve had two or three. A juicy seasonal frozen watermelon mezcal-rita ($8) is also on tap. 2601 Atlantic St., 702-684-5769.
Black Tap The NYC burger stop is known for its wild, over-the-top milkshakes, but it delivers on drinks of the alcoholic persuasion, too. The Elderflower Frozé ($14) includes rosé, strawberry, citrus and elderflowers, while the Spicy Piña ($14) mixes tequila, mezcal, pineapple, lime and chili salt for some bite. Can’t decide? The Vegas Vice ($23) layers the two slushies in an oversize brandy snifter perfect for two. Venetian, 702-414-1000.