As of this week, it’s official: summer is here. And nothing says summer like frozen cocktails. If you’re not into the neon-green frozen margaritas and candy-sweet daiquiris of yester-year, we’ve got good news for you: these 10 metro Detroit spots are serving up creative, grown-up slushies featuring beer, wine, and top-shelf liquor.
This island-themed outdoor bar in Detroit’s “Belt” alleyway offers a tiki-style escape in the heart of the Motor City. Offerings include frozen cucumber margaritas made with El Jimador tequila, frosé (for the uninitiated, that’s frozen rosé wine), and even an icy take on the classic French 75 cocktail, which features gin, Champagne, and lemon juice. The Skip, The Belt, Detroit; theskipdetroit.com
For those seeking a more traditional frozen drink experience, this tri-level Mexicantown spot has it all. Frozen coladas, daquiris, and margaritas are available in an array of flavors and liquor choices. For those who prefer not to imbibe, a virgin piña colada is also available. Mi Pueblo, 7278 Dix St., Detroit; 313-841-3315; mipueblorestaurant.com
All summer long, this Ferndale-based food truck hub dedicates an entire day — Slooshie Saturday — to boozy frozen treats. Guests can beat the heat with a variety of rotating flavors, including Salted Caramel Vanilla Latte, Bomb Pop, Orange Creamsicle, and Limeade. Staying socially distanced? You can grab a Slooshie Sipper to-go. Detroit Fleat, 1820 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; 248-607-7611; detroitfleat.com
Since 2003, this family-owned winery has served up its own wines, ciders, and snacks in its downtown Rochester tasting room. Now some of its most popular wines, like Rochester Red and Heritage Block Rosé, are available to enjoy in slushy form. They’re only here for the summer, though — so don’t miss out. Fieldstone Winery, 223 S. Main Street, Rochester; 248-656-0618; fieldstonewine.com
This contemporary Mexican-inspired eatery serves up a rotating cast of Signature Sloshes in flavors ranging from frosé to frozen boozy apple cider. If you’re seeking a more traditional complement to your Tex-Mex meal, try the classic frozen margarita — it comes with a reposado tequila floater. Gran Castor, 2950 Rochester Road, Troy; 248-278-7777; grancastor.com
Mercury Burger Bar
Craving a dessert with a grown-up kick? This Corktown spot — which is known for its impressive lineup of burgers — offers a menu of “adult shakes” in flavors like S’mores, made with Bulleit Bourbon, and Funky Monkey, made with Bailey’s Irish Cream. For a classic ice cream cocktail, try the Hummer: a combination of vanilla ice cream, Café Lolita liqueur, dark rum, and whipped cream. Mercury Burger Bar, 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-5000; mercuryburgerbar.com
In additional to its signature frosé, which is made with frozen Rosé Cider, Blake’s Hard Cider is also celebrating the release of its new Apple Pie Hard Cider with a matching slushee. The cidery’s Apple Pie Slushee combines the new cider with Riesling, whipped cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The fruity treat is available at Blake’s Orchard Square Tap and in its Tasting Room. Blake’s, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; 586-784-9463; blakefarms.com
Two frozen options await you at this downtown Detroit beer hall. The house frosé sports an extra kick thanks to the addition of vodka and Cocchi Americano Rosa liqueur. For a fruitier sip, try a frozen pineapple daiquiri, which features light rum, lime, and a slice of juicy fresh pineapple. The Brakeman, 22 John R. St., Detroit; thebrakemandetroit.com
Batch Brewing Co.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite beer would taste like as a frozen drink? Here’s your chance to find out. The summer menu at this popular Corktown brewery features a Raspberry Beer Slushee, which combines its Zrbtt sour gose with raspberry, simple syrup, and vanilla. Batch Brewing Co., 1400 Porter St., Detroit; 313-338-8008; batchbrewingcompany.com
Browndog Barlor & Creamery
This Northville restaurant and ice cream shop has made a name for itself by creating grown-up versions of classic childhood treats. Six different flavors of hand-scooped boozy milkshakes combine the creamery’s craft ice cream with a variety of liqueurs and toppings. Craving a lighter option? Try the Sparkling Prosecco Sorbet Mimosa Barlor-Tini, which features elderflower sorbet with a splash of lemonade and prosecco. The spot also offers adult slushes, like frosé and frozen margaritas, in convenient to-go pouches. Browndog Barlor & Creamery, 120 E. Main St., Northville; 248-675-8596; browndogbarlor.com