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14 Boozy Slushies to Sip This Summer

These restaurants, bars, and a winery and cidery are taking their slurpee game to the next level

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The boozy slushie boom of 2017 returns this season, and it’s more colorful and stronger than ever. As spring rushes into summer along the Front Range, these 14 local spots are whipping up iced and spiked creations to cool down their drinkers. The summer frozen rosé, or frosé, is back this year but it isn’t the only option. From tiki cocktails at Adrift to boozy shakes at Milkbox Creamery, Denver’s frozen cocktails range from sweet and creamy to strong and served over shaved ice. Another round, please.

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1. Acreage by Stem Ciders

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1380 Horizon Ave
Lafayette, CO 80026
(720) 443-3007
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Cider fans should visit Stem Ciders’ new Lafayette outpost or the RiNo original to try daily cider slushies. Bonus: In Lafayette, a Basque-Spanish food menu by Boulder chef Daniel Asher is great for pairing.

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2. Señor Bear

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3301 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 572-5997
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The $9 daily “congelado” comes in a variety of iced mixtures and flavors. It’s on special during happy hour for $5, served along with bites from empanadas to ceviche tostadas.

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3. Lola Coastal Mexican

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1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 570-8686
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A frozen lime popsicle tops Lola’s Michelada Pop, a boozy brunch slushie made with frozen sangria, michelada, and rimmed with chile salt.

Lola Michelada made with Top Rope lager from The Post
Lola Coastal Mexican/Big Red F

4. Avanti Food and Beverage

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3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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When its upstairs patio Wolf Bar is open, Avanti serves a purple mango coconut daiquiri, in regular and “baller” sizes. And something to look forward to over summer holiday weekends: a 40-ounce rosé packaged discreetly in a brown paper bag for Memorial Day drinkers.

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5. Acova

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3651 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 736-2718
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Brand new to LoHi, Acova offers a 100-seat patio with an indoor-outdoor bar and addictive organic red and white wine slushies. They also come in a mixed pour (pictured).

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6. Tupelo Honey

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1650 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 274-0650
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Located in Union Station, Tupelo Honey makes a Cherry Bomb Frosé with mint, lemon, Maraschino liqueur, bourbon cherry juice, and frozen rosé.

Tupelo Honey’s Cherry Bomb Frosé
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7. Milkbox Ice Creamery

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1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3707
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The Union Station ice cream shop offers sweeter takes on frozen booze. Guests can choose from combinations including the 1881, made with butterscotch and bourbon. Or they can create their own alcoholic concoction.

Kahlua, chocolate fudge, and vanilla ice cream do a shake make
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8. Swanky's Vittles & Libations

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1230, 1938 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-2399
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Swanky’s, a LoDo fixture and Green Bay Packer refuge for 20-plus years, is the only place in town to find Everclear-infused slushies. Daily changing specials and happy-hour deals give drinkers the option to top off their slushie with a shot.

The Big Lebowski slushie
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9. Adrift

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218 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 778-8454
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This tiki bar and restaurant currently has two boozy slushies available: Don's Pearl, a rum and coconut cream mixture, and the Macadamia Nut Chi-Chi made with vodka, pineapple, coconut, and macadamia liqueur.

Macademia Nut Chi Chi from Adrift
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10. Illegal Pete's South Broadway

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270 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 287-5233
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The popular local burrito chain offers spiked vodka slushies in huckleberry, peach, raspberry, mango, prickly pear, and passion fruit flavors during the summer.

Illegal Pete’s offers an assortment of slushies in the summer
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11. MAX's Wine Dive Denver

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696 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 593-2554
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This fried chicken and wine haven first rode the frosé wave last summer. Note: During a brain freeze, Max's also serves an array of red and white wines as well as Champagne.

Cheers to the potential return of the frosé
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12. Luca

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711 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-6600
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The frozen Arepol spritz is a summertime favorite at Frank Bonanno’s Governors Park restaurant. Denverites can try two frozen spritzes for the price of one if they participate in the Passport Program.

(Non-frozen) cocktail options from Luca
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13. The Infinite Monkey Theorem

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3200 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 736-8376
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The RiNo winery was one of the first to offer frozen rosés last summer. Infinite Monkey Theorem still offers a weekly $6 slushie special on Sundays.

Wine slushie courtesy of Infinite Monkey Theorem in RiNo
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14. White Pie

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1702 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 862-5323
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White Pie has a couple of frozen options: the Bee's Knees, made with gin, honey, and lemon; a rosé slushie with vermouth and a strawberry puree; and a frozen white Negroni.

Frozen white Negroni from White Pie
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1. Acreage by Stem Ciders

1380 Horizon Ave, Lafayette, CO 80026
Acreage/Facebook

Cider fans should visit Stem Ciders’ new Lafayette outpost or the RiNo original to try daily cider slushies. Bonus: In Lafayette, a Basque-Spanish food menu by Boulder chef Daniel Asher is great for pairing.

1380 Horizon Ave
Lafayette, CO 80026

2. Señor Bear

3301 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Señor Bear [official]

The $9 daily “congelado” comes in a variety of iced mixtures and flavors. It’s on special during happy hour for $5, served along with bites from empanadas to ceviche tostadas.

3301 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

3. Lola Coastal Mexican

1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211
Lola Michelada made with Top Rope lager from The Post
Lola Coastal Mexican/Big Red F

A frozen lime popsicle tops Lola’s Michelada Pop, a boozy brunch slushie made with frozen sangria, michelada, and rimmed with chile salt.

1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211

4. Avanti Food and Beverage

3200 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
Adam Larkey/Eater

When its upstairs patio Wolf Bar is open, Avanti serves a purple mango coconut daiquiri, in regular and “baller” sizes. And something to look forward to over summer holiday weekends: a 40-ounce rosé packaged discreetly in a brown paper bag for Memorial Day drinkers.

3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

5. Acova

3651 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211
Jonathan Phillips/Eater

Brand new to LoHi, Acova offers a 100-seat patio with an indoor-outdoor bar and addictive organic red and white wine slushies. They also come in a mixed pour (pictured).

3651 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211

6. Tupelo Honey

1650 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202
Tupelo Honey’s Cherry Bomb Frosé
Tupelo Honey/ Facebook

Located in Union Station, Tupelo Honey makes a Cherry Bomb Frosé with mint, lemon, Maraschino liqueur, bourbon cherry juice, and frozen rosé.

1650 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Milkbox Ice Creamery

1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Kahlua, chocolate fudge, and vanilla ice cream do a shake make
Milkbox Ice Creamery / Facebook

The Union Station ice cream shop offers sweeter takes on frozen booze. Guests can choose from combinations including the 1881, made with butterscotch and bourbon. Or they can create their own alcoholic concoction.

1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Swanky's Vittles & Libations

1230, 1938 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
The Big Lebowski slushie
Swanky’s Vittles & Libations/Facebook

Swanky’s, a LoDo fixture and Green Bay Packer refuge for 20-plus years, is the only place in town to find Everclear-infused slushies. Daily changing specials and happy-hour deals give drinkers the option to top off their slushie with a shot.

1230, 1938 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

9. Adrift

218 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Macademia Nut Chi Chi from Adrift
Facebook/Adrift

This tiki bar and restaurant currently has two boozy slushies available: Don's Pearl, a rum and coconut cream mixture, and the Macadamia Nut Chi-Chi made with vodka, pineapple, coconut, and macadamia liqueur.

218 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

10. Illegal Pete's South Broadway

270 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Illegal Pete’s offers an assortment of slushies in the summer
Illegal Pete’s South Broadway/ Facebook

The popular local burrito chain offers spiked vodka slushies in huckleberry, peach, raspberry, mango, prickly pear, and passion fruit flavors during the summer.

270 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

11. MAX's Wine Dive Denver

696 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203
Cheers to the potential return of the frosé
MAX’S Wine Dive Denver/Facebook

This fried chicken and wine haven first rode the frosé wave last summer. Note: During a brain freeze, Max's also serves an array of red and white wines as well as Champagne.

696 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203

12. Luca

711 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203
(Non-frozen) cocktail options from Luca
Luca / Instagram

The frozen Arepol spritz is a summertime favorite at Frank Bonanno’s Governors Park restaurant. Denverites can try two frozen spritzes for the price of one if they participate in the Passport Program.

711 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203

13. The Infinite Monkey Theorem

3200 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Wine slushie courtesy of Infinite Monkey Theorem in RiNo
Infinite Monkey Theorem / Facebook

The RiNo winery was one of the first to offer frozen rosés last summer. Infinite Monkey Theorem still offers a weekly $6 slushie special on Sundays.

3200 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

14. White Pie

1702 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80218
Frozen white Negroni from White Pie
White Pie / Facebook

White Pie has a couple of frozen options: the Bee's Knees, made with gin, honey, and lemon; a rosé slushie with vermouth and a strawberry puree; and a frozen white Negroni.

1702 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218

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