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Get Brain Freeze with These D.C. Frozen Cocktails

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Frozen cocktails are not just for the beach or poolside bar anymore. Many bartenders in D.C. are going all-in on them, particularly during the summer months when the heat and humidity hit new highs.

But, don’t assume frozen drinks are just for margaritas. It seems most Eater DC readers prefer that drink served on the rocks, anyway. These frozen drinks are of course often tiki-themed and include classic varieties like the mojito, daiquiri, and piña colada. They're not all found at tropical-inspired restaurants, though. Find them at neighborhood bars, sports pubs, a Spanish restaurant, and even an Airstream trailer parked outside Union Market.

Bartenders are also expanding on the frozen cocktail category with reimagined options, like boozy frappuccinos and root beer floats. Sherry, pisco, and green tea even find their way into the mix. Just be careful of how fast the drink goes down, or risk the ultimate pain of brain freeze.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Agua 301

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301 Water St SE, Washington
D.C., 20003
(202) 484-0301
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There are plenty of frozen margaritas on the menu at Agua 301, but order a pitcher of their frozen peach sangria for something different at this Mexican-themed restaurant.

2. Archipelago

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1201 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

It just opened, but Archipelago is already a big hit with tiki fanatics. This is the place for a frozen piña colada, complete with a bendy straw.

3. Bar Pilar

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1833 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-1751
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Slushies are $11 each and served year-round at Bar Pilar. The current offerings are an Italian ice with vodka, Campari, lemon and simple syrup, and an alcoholic root beer float with root liqueur, vodka, bourbon, and vanilla whipped cream.

4. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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801-A 9th St. NW, Washington
D.C., 20001
(202) 408-1600
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Frozen mojitos are one option at Cuba Libre, a Cuban-themed restaurant downtown. But another favorite is the frozen red sangria flavored with strawberries and raspberries.

5. Estadio

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1520 14th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20002
(202) 319-1404
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The “slushito” is something of a stalwart at Estadio. It’s been on the menu since the restaurant’s opening. Try the grapefruit, bourbon, and Sherry concoction for $9.

6. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
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There’s a tiki-themed menu at Farmers Fishers Bakers and many of the drinks are topped with tropical garnishes. The banana daiquiri and lava flow, a rum and coconut-based concoction, are house specialties.

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7. Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

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1104 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 555-0666
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The “awesomeness” is a house specialty at Little Miss Whiskey. It’s a sweet tea drink spiked with whiskey and served from a Slurpee machine.

8. Provision No. 14

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2100 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 827-4530
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For something truly tropical, try the blood orange seasonal slush at Provision 14. The drink is $11, and it's a mix of pisco sour, blood orange, Sherry, pineapple, and green tea. Meanwhile, Moscow Mule fans will want to give their frozen variety a sip.

9. Suburbia

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

In the summer months, Suburbia is your go-to spot for frozen adult beverages. The menu rotates weekly, and frozen cocktails are $9 each. Two of the more popular options are the mocha frappuccino and frozen lemonade, spiked with either rum, bourbon, tequila, or gin.

10. The Prospect

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1214 U Street
Washington, D.C.

Frozen cider might not be the first drink that comes to mind, when it’s summer, but this cocktail at The Prospect is extremely refreshing and crisp, particularly when the heat and humidity hit.

1. Agua 301

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C., 20003

There are plenty of frozen margaritas on the menu at Agua 301, but order a pitcher of their frozen peach sangria for something different at this Mexican-themed restaurant.

301 Water St SE, Washington
D.C., 20003

2. Archipelago

1201 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

It just opened, but Archipelago is already a big hit with tiki fanatics. This is the place for a frozen piña colada, complete with a bendy straw.

1201 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Bar Pilar

1833 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Slushies are $11 each and served year-round at Bar Pilar. The current offerings are an Italian ice with vodka, Campari, lemon and simple syrup, and an alcoholic root beer float with root liqueur, vodka, bourbon, and vanilla whipped cream.

1833 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

801-A 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Frozen mojitos are one option at Cuba Libre, a Cuban-themed restaurant downtown. But another favorite is the frozen red sangria flavored with strawberries and raspberries.

801-A 9th St. NW, Washington
D.C., 20001

5. Estadio

1520 14th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20002

The “slushito” is something of a stalwart at Estadio. It’s been on the menu since the restaurant’s opening. Try the grapefruit, bourbon, and Sherry concoction for $9.

1520 14th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20002

6. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
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There’s a tiki-themed menu at Farmers Fishers Bakers and many of the drinks are topped with tropical garnishes. The banana daiquiri and lava flow, a rum and coconut-based concoction, are house specialties.

3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

7. Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

1104 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The “awesomeness” is a house specialty at Little Miss Whiskey. It’s a sweet tea drink spiked with whiskey and served from a Slurpee machine.

1104 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Provision No. 14

2100 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

For something truly tropical, try the blood orange seasonal slush at Provision 14. The drink is $11, and it's a mix of pisco sour, blood orange, Sherry, pineapple, and green tea. Meanwhile, Moscow Mule fans will want to give their frozen variety a sip.

2100 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Suburbia

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

In the summer months, Suburbia is your go-to spot for frozen adult beverages. The menu rotates weekly, and frozen cocktails are $9 each. Two of the more popular options are the mocha frappuccino and frozen lemonade, spiked with either rum, bourbon, tequila, or gin.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. The Prospect

1214 U Street, Washington, D.C.

Frozen cider might not be the first drink that comes to mind, when it’s summer, but this cocktail at The Prospect is extremely refreshing and crisp, particularly when the heat and humidity hit.

1214 U Street
Washington, D.C.

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