Although many of us have been forced to pull out our sweaters and jean jackets over the last few days, there are still technically 22 days left of summer. This means that summer drinks on patios (with or without a blanket) is thankfully still a thing. Instead of pairing a mickey of rum with a slushie from 7-Eleven, try sipping on some gourmet frozen drinks with mini-umbrellas. Check out our list of the best frozen drinks in Toronto below.
Home of the Brave
Location: 589 King St W
Home of the Brave is also home to cocktail slushies throughout the summer months. Keep it simple with a spiked watermelon slushie, get classy with a margarita slushie, or try something new, like their Brand New Cadillac (Tromba, Gran Marnier, Lime & Activated charcoal).
Location: 18 Tank House Lane
El Catrin is a popular choice for sangria, but this destileria knows how to make delicious frozen margaritas. Stop by for some afternoon antojitos and cool off with a watermelon margarita this weekend.
Location: 926 Dundas St W
Rhum Corner hosts a variety of seasonal drinks each summer, this year’s specials being the Corn N’ Oil slushie, with white rum, lime, falernum, and blackstrap float, and the Painkiller #3. Their slushies and daiquiris alone make this restaurant worth the try this September (who says you can’t sip on mini-umbrella drinks in the Fall?).
Location: 534 Church St
Si Lom’s slushy drinks, “boozy slushy buckets” are kind of like if Menchie’s offered cocktails. Their famous Jolly Bear & Friend Kamikaze (vodka, blue curacao with ginger ale, lime, salt, blended ice, and Jolly Bears) is a must-try.
Location: 501 College St & 106 John St
La Carnita has a reputation for making drool-worthy cocktails, and their margaritas are no exception. This Mexican street cuisine hot spot does a mean summertime margarita, served up in cute mason jars for that added aesthetic.
Location: 936 Queen St W
Aside from their extensive list of beer and cider, Queen West’s County General offers a list of what they call “Colonel’s Libations.” Among this list of summer punch cocktails is County General’s delicious daiquiris — perfect for a hot September day.
Location: 1279 Queen St W
Miss Thing’s tropical cocktails are served in fancy fruit bowls, with chunks of fresh fruit and tiny umbrellas. These sugary booze hits will make you feel like you’re on a beach in Maui.
Location: 472 Queen St W
For something a little different from your typical Toronto bar, BarChef offers a unique fusion of alcohol and food. They also offer up an intense “Daiquiri Adaptation,” which is basically a daiquiri on steroids (this thing is literally served with a beach).
The One Eighty
Location: 55 Bloor St W
Have you ever heard of a Champagne Popsicle? Me neither, but you can try one at The One Eighty. It’s literally a popsicle inside a drink, and it looks exquisite.
The Shameful Tiki Room
Location: 1378 Queen St W
The Shameful Tiki is the closest you’re going to get to a poolside bar in Cuba. This place has a full menu of frozen tiki drinks, including the Volcano Bowl, with ingredients that are mostly kept under wraps. All you have to know is it looks great and tastes even better.
Feature photo courtesy The Shameful Tiki Room via Facebook.