In search of ice-cold refreshment as temperatures climb? Luckily, there's no shortage of frosty ways to imbibe, including delicious boozy slushies that are a far cry from the 7-11 Slurpees of your youth, frosé, frozen sake, and ice pops dunked in bubbly. Below, we've rounded up a selection of places where you can find the good kind of Seattle freeze. For more ideas, check out our complete food and drink calendar.
Note: Availability may vary.
Sara Naftaly’s gem of a bakery in Chophouse Row offers their pretty-in-pink Cocktail des Îles, a sweet iced tea with “hibiscus, apple, papaya, orange, and orange blossom with a housemade pineapple syrup,” blended or on ice.
The Capitol Hill watering hole is infamous for its frozen Painkiller cocktail, a heady blend of Havana club rum, coconut, orange, nutmeg, and cinnamon, topped with a cocktail umbrella. They also have other frozen cocktail specials, like a French 75.
During the summer, South Lake Union's Atlantic Northeast-themed bar serves refreshing slushy drinks in flavors like mojito and Negroni, currently available on their back deck only.
South Lake Union
Some of the Northwest-inspired Mexican restaurant's cocktails, like their frosé sangria (made with rosé, singani, triple sec, guava, and citrus) and their avocado margarita (with blanco tequila, citrus, avocado, and cane sugar) are served frozen.
Formerly known as Revolution Wine, this newly remodeled Capitol Hill hideaway serves slushy pink frosé with a striped paper straw, a perfect summer sipper to savor on their patio or inside their new lounge area.
Bok a Bok
The Korean fried chicken joint's White Center location serves soju slushies alongside their kimchi mac and cheese and yuzu chicken sandwiches. Get a bottle of champagne if you're feeling decadent.
Jude's Old Town
The family-friendly Rainier Beach neighborhood bar's resident slushie machine, which they've christened "Buffy the summertime slushie slayer," offers rotating slushie specials daily, in flavors like peach sidecar, piña colada, and watermelon and starfruit with bourbon.
Li’l Woody’s South Lake Union
Avail yourself of some of the burger chain's secret-menu cheeseburger dumplings when you go to get boozy slushies, both exclusive to their new bar at their South Lake Union location.
South Lake Union
Marination Ma Kai
The Hawaiian-Korean fusion chain's West Seattle outpost serves Hawaiian-style shave ice (made in a real shave ice machine imported from Hawaii) spiked with booze and made with rotating seasonal house-made flavorings, including guava, lychee, mango, passionfruit, and more. Try the Mai Kai, made with rum, pineapple juice, house-made guava syrup and lime. (Kids and non-drinkers can also just get the shave ice sans alcohol.)
The slushie machines at Capitol Hill's kitschy dive dispense delicious boozy libations like frosé, pink guava Moscow mules, avocado margaritas, pineapple margaritas, and the El Diablo (a savory-spicy concoction with tequila, citrus, and cassis).
New Luck Toy
Four frozen cocktails reign at the top of this West Seattle bar's drink menu, including the Crimson Tiger Margarita (tequila, strawberry, prickly cactus, triple sec, and lime), the "Lucky" Colada (rum, crème de cacoa, frangelico, coconut, and pineapple), the Singapore Slingblade (gin, cherry brandy, brandy, mango, orgeat, lemon, and bitters), and the Hurricane (dark rum, light rum, lime, passion fruit, and orange).
Rachel's Ginger Beer
The spicy-sweet Seattle staple is even better when swirled into frozen cocktails. Their pink guava Moscow mule is available at all RGB locations, while a rotation of additional frosty concoctions are on offer at Capitol Hill and University Village.
Red Star Taco Bar
At the communist-themed taco bar, you can get margarita slushies alongside your street tacos, in flavors like lime, mango, peach, strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate.
The izakaya-style Capitol Hill bar serves frozen sake slushies, in flavors like watermelon and grapefruit. Their Suika Tiki, a frosty watermelon cocktail served in a real watermelon, is now available on weekends for a limited time.
The concept for restaurateur Mark Fuller's West Seattle pizzeria is a winner: pizza pies and boozy slushie machines. There's a tequila passionfruit habanero flavor, one with Kraken rum and root beer, another with ginger and papaya, and the "Supremesicle," a slushie version of a Jungle Bird.
This Tom Douglas restaurant was one of the first in Seattle to hop on the boozy-slushie bandwagon with their sake slushies when they opened in 2013. They come in four flavors: original (Ozeki sake with lemon juice and simple syrup churned through a slushie machine), passionfruit peach, ruby red (Aperol and pamplemousse), and Mai Tai (orgeat and dark rum).
Want a slushie with your brunch? Of course you do. Beloved Wallingford neighborhood spot Union Saloon serves slushie versions of their Saloon Mimosa and Ramos Fizz as part of their weekend brunch menu (which includes dishes like braised pork cheeks with eggs and fried chicken with biscuits and gravy).