15 Great Blended Cocktails to Enjoy This Summer

Made-From-Scratch Recipes for Your Favorite Frozen Drinks

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For the coldest cocktails, break out the blender and mix up a refreshing frozen drink. From the margarita to the daiquiri, a few boozy smoothies top the list of all-time favorites. These blended cocktails are a great way to cool down on a hot summer day and they're all very easy to make from scratch.

There are times when blended drinks seem like more of a hassle than they are in reality. For most recipes, you'll simply pour a liquor or two into the blender, add fresh fruit, juice, or other ingredients, and a handful of ice, then blend it up. It may take a few rounds to perfect your personal blending technique, but even the less than ideal drinks are delicious. Have fun with it and enjoy these tasty, slushy cocktails.

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    Lime Margarita

    Frozen Lime Margarita Cocktail

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    The basic frozen margarita is very simple and it features the refreshing flavor of lime juice. The recipe includes tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and sour mix, along with a cup of ice. This is the foundation for all other margarita recipes, so it's the perfect way to kick off a blended cocktail extravaganza.

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    Lime Daiquiri

    Frozen Daiquiri Cocktails
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    Tequila, not your thing? The frozen daiquiri has the same flavor as the margarita, it simply switches to rum. This is another summer classic that's refreshing, sweet, and just a little tart. Rather than the margarita's sour mix, you'll need simple syrup for this recipe, and that's an easy homemade ingredient.

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    Strawberry Daiquiri

    Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

    The Spruce

    Among all the daiquiris you could blend up, the strawberry daiquiri is the most popular recipe. When people know you're mixing up this recipe, they'll flock to the blender. After all, the mix of sweet berries and rum is difficult for anyone to resist, especially when the fruit is at its peak during the summer season.

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    Piña Colada

    Frozen Pina Coladas

    The Spruce

    Another essential cocktail for any blender enthusiast is the piña colada. It's hard to find any adult who will turn down this boozy tropical smoothie of pure deliciousness. The best part is that you only need five ingredients: rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, lime juice, and ice.

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    Tamarind-Pineapple Margarita

    Tamarind Pineapple Margarita
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    The tamarind-pineapple margarita may not be the best-known cocktail, but its exotic taste is alluring and unforgettable. Tamarind has a sweet-sour taste that is a perfect pairing for both tequila and pineapple. The recipe uses tamarind nectar, which is rather easy to find among the juices at most major grocery stores.

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    Chi-Chi

    Chi-Chi Frozen Cocktail - Blue Vodka Cocktail
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    It's blue, it includes ice cream, and there's vodka... what more could you want? The chi-chi is essentially a vodka and ice cream twist on the piña colada. It has that delightful pineapple-coconut combination and the beautiful blue color makes it a poolside favorite.

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    Rock Lobster

    Rock Lobster Frozen Cocktail
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    While this recipe has a longer ingredient list than most, it's still easy. To make a rock lobster, you'll blend coconut rum, banana liqueur, grenadine, a banana, and orange and pineapple juices.​ Add a dark rum float and the fanciest tropical garnish you feel like constructing and you'll discover why this drink is a hit!

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    Watermelon Margarita

    Watermelon frozen cocktail
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    Watermelon is the iconic fruit of summer and the fresh fruit is the star of the watermelon margarita. This recipe makes a big batch too—enough for six people. It's a fantastic way to use up any leftover watermelon from a picnic or anytime you just want to share a delicious melon cocktail with a few friends.

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    Hawaiian Margarita

    Frozen Hawaiian Margarita - Tequila Cocktail Recipe
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    Pineapple and strawberry are pure magic when they come together and the Hawaiian margarita showcases the duo perfectly. Not too much different than any other margarita, you'll simply cut the fruits into blender-sized chunks, add your favorite tequila and triple sec, some sour mix and ice, then blend away.

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    Bushwacker

    Bushwacker Cocktail

    The Spruce

    Frozen cocktails are not all about the fruit. In the bushwacker, you'll enjoy the irresistible combination of coffee, chocolate, and coconut. Back that up with a little rum, toss in some milk and ice, and you'll be relaxing with a perfectly creamy cocktail within a few minutes.

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    Frozen Banana Split Cocktail

    Frozen Banana Split Cocktail
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    When you're in the mood for a boozy milkshake, this banana split cocktail is sure to satiate your craving. Made with chocolate and strawberry vodkas, pineapple juice, ice cream, and a banana, it blends up all the flavors of that favorite ice cream dessert into one delicious frozen drink.

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    Pomegranate-Grapefruit Frosé

    Van Gogh Vodka's Pomegranate Grapefruit Frosé - Blended Rose Wine Cocktail
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    If you have not tasted a frosé before, it's time to treat yourself to this trendy cocktail. A frosé is simply a frozen cocktail that features rosé wine and it can take on all sorts of flavors. This pomegranate-grapefruit frosé is a perfect introductory recipe that gets its signature flavors from pomegranate vodka and grapefruit juice.

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    Bay Hill Hummer

    Bay Hill Hummer Cocktail
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    Arnold Palmer is well-known for his signature iced tea drink, but the golfer was also very fond of his golf club's Bay Hill hummer recipe. This is no ordinary spiked milkshake, either. It really packs a punch because it mixes vodka, brandy, and chocolate liqueur with vanilla ice cream. It's possibly the strongest blended cocktail you'll find.

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    Batida

    Batida Cocktail - Popular Brazilian Cachaca Drink - Passionfruit smoothie
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    The batida is simply fascinating. It's a great cocktail for anyone who is discovering the wonders of cachaça and is right behind the caipirinha in Brazil's list of the country's most popular drinks. Incredibly simple, the recipe requires cachaça, coconut milk, lime juice, and passion fruit syrup.

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    Spicy Cucumber Mint Margarita

    Frozen Cucumber Mint Margarita with Tabasco Sauce

    Tabasco

    Up for an adventure? Add the spicy cucumber mint margarita to your cocktail list. Few drinks can touch the tantalizing array of flavors in this tequila cocktail. It starts with the cool taste of mint and cucumber backed by a well-aged tequila and key lime juice. It's only when you break out the Tabasco sauce that things get really interesting!

Quick Tip

Cleaning the blender can seem like the biggest chore because small particles can easily get trapped around the blades. The trick is to rinse out the blender immediately. This will prevent the sugars from drying up and make it a lot easier to clean properly when you're done enjoying your drink.