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Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles. (Image: Endless Simmer)

Cheers to the best boozy frozen treats of the summer!

Now that summer is officially here (YAY!!), it’s time to reconnect with that inner child while still enjoying the perks of adulthood…which of course means, spiked popsicles and frozen drinks!!

Duh.

I’ve searched for the best delicious frozen treats to make that BBQ, party, or plain old Tuesday summer evening fabulous. Try these DIY home recipes or stop by the few places in Seattle that have these unicorn-like treats available!

IN THE CITY

Hot Cakes:
Not only is this place known for it’s delicious molten chocolate cakes, but have a whole selection of Boozy Milkshakes are to die for. While they rotate their menu to include ingredients that are in season, meaning you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose. My personal fav is the Laphroaig and smoked chocolate. (Warning- must like scotch to enjoy this one) With every shake being pretty thick and packed full of flavor, sharing is a much better option than letting any go to waste. Rotating flavors means you can stop in anytime to try something new! The line can get pretty insane so I’d recommend avoiding that after-dinner rush.

Skillet:
These guys do milkshakes right at this spot, both alcoholic and traditional. However, the winner (in my opinion) is the Colonel Parker consisting of bourbon, peanut butter, syrup, and vanilla ice cream. It’s a hard milk shake, with locally sourced Snoqualmie ice cream, available year-round and named after Elvis’s manager! A perfect refreshing treat to satisfy your inner child and summertime cravings!
*Pasek Wines in Leavenworth, WA also has a delicious red wine slushy that’s to die for.

DIY DRINKS

Honeydew Cucumber Margarita
*Makes five 2.25-oz. popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup honeydew juice (approximately a whole melon weighing 1lb)?
  • 1/3 cup cucumber juice (approximately half a cucumber weighing 5oz.)?½ cup tequila
  • 1 tablespoon triple sec?1 tablespoon fresh lime juice?3 large mint sprigs

Instructions:

  1. Puree the honeydew and cucumber in a food processor or a blender. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and blend for another 20-30 seconds. Pour mixture into popsicles mold. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

Cantaloupe, Mint and Campari Slushy
*Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cubed cantaloupe, plus a few extra for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Campari
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 3-4 cups ice cubes
  • 24 ounces lemon-lime soda, divided
  • Directions:

Instructions:

  1. To a blender, add the cantaloupe, Campari, honey, mint and ice cubes.Blend until the ice is broken down. Stir, and divide the mixture among four 8-ounce glasses. Pour the soda into the glasses over the mixture, to the top. Garnish with extra mint and cantaloupe, and serve immediately.
  2. Don’t worry beer lovers! I didn’t leave you out..here is delicious twist that’ll make that cold beer even more refreshing on a hot day.

Cherry Beer Slushy

Ingredients:

  • 2 white/wheat beers
  • 2-3 Tbsp grenadine or maraschino cherry juice
  • 2-3 Tbsp cherry liqueur
  • Lemonade
  • Limes
  • Cherries

Directions:

  1. In a shallow dish that you can stick in your freezer, pour both beers in. Add the grenadine and the cherry liqueur to taste. Place in the freezer and come back every 30 minutes, scraping the crystals that have formed with a fork, for about 2-2 1/2 hours.
  2. Using a spoon, take the slush and fill two glasses. Top with a little more cherry liqueur if desired and lemonade, to taste (they can be a little bitter, so you can counteract that with the sweetness of the lemonade). Serve immediately with some lime slices and cherries.

SEMI-UNCLASSY CLASSICS THAT ARE ALWAYS FAST & EFFECTIVE:

  • Add vodka to a 7-11 slurpy
  • Add a beer to a classic Margarita
  • Cut a whole in a watermelon and pour vodka, allow around a half hour for it to absorb and refrigerate.
  • Grab a recipe or stop into one of the Ballard restaurants to cool off and get tipsy at the same time. Because you’re an adult and you can!
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