The people of Memphis know very well how long the second half of summer can feel. Find some relief from that heat and humidity with a refreshing frozen cocktail at one of these local bars and restaurants! From fortified milkshakes to rainbow margaritas, you’re sure to find an alcoholic treat that’s right for you.
9 places to enjoy frozen cocktails in Memphis
Jameson Slushie from Slider Inn
Downtown: 2117 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 725-1155
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Downtown: 363 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 729-6900
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
This Memphis joint specializes in sliders, but their famous frozen drink is what sets them apart this time of year. The Jameson Slushie is a must for locals and visitors alike. Cursor Inn mix Jameson Irish Whiskey with homemade lemonade, ginger beer and bitters for a delicious summer cocktail. Topped with a wedge of cherry and lemon, it’s perfect and tastes as good as it looks.
Frosé from the court of Loflin
7 W Carolina Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 290-1140
Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Monday and Tuesday
In the heart of downtown Memphis, Loflin Court does food, drink and outdoor dining well. The expansive outdoor space is the perfect place to relax and have a drink, and they offer an ever-changing rotation of seasonal frozen drinks. (So be sure to stay up to date with their social media!) Currently, they offer their Frosé and the Electric Lemonade, an iced cocktail with vodka and blueberries. If you can’t decide between the two, opt for the Unicorn, it’s a mix of the two!
Babalu Frozen Juke Joint Juice
East Memphis: 6450 Poplar Avenue #4882, Memphis, TN 38119 • (901) 410-8909
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Overton Square: 2115 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 274-0100
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Memphis style, Babalu offers a Blue Note Juke Joint Bourbon drink perfect for the season. This Latin-inspired restaurant pairs award-winning Memphis bourbon with homemade lemonade, citrus syrup, Smirnoff Peach vodka and peach puree, frozen and blended to perfection. You can even add a float of bourbon or prosecco for an extra kick. This order is guaranteed to freshen you up, but it packs a punch!
The very chic roommates of the Cameo Cocktail Bar
1835 Union Avenue Suite 103, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 305-6911
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Closed on Mondays
One of Memphis’ newest cocktail bars, Cameo, opened in March this year. Cameo is all about cocktails, with dishes supporting the carefully curated drinks menu instead of the other way around. Their motto is “Fancy Drinks Party Time”, and they certainly have the drinks to match. They have three frozen cocktail offerings: the Trash Nap with white rum, dark rum, passion fruit, pomegranate, orange, lime, cherry, absinthe and bitters of angostura; the Cowboy Anti-Christ with rum, pineapple and coconut; and finally, the Very Fancy Roommates, a mix of the two drinks. Their very sophisticated versions of the classic frozen cocktails are definitely worth trying.
Agavos Cocina & Tequila Margarita Sampler
2924 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38111 • (901) 433-9345
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
You’ve heard of beer and wine flights, but have you ever tried a margarita flight? Agavos Cocina & Tequila in Memphis offers flights of their frozen margaritas that let you really taste the rainbow. Their Happy Margarita Sampler includes six flavors: Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry, Raspberry, Kiwi, and Mango. Not only is the sampler delicious, but it’s also an affordable (and perfectly responsible) way to try multiple flavors in one sitting. What’s not to like?
Sake Slushie at STIX Express Downtown
150 Peabody Place Suite 115 Entrance on, S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 207-7638
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Close on Sunday
Looking to stand out from the norm? Opt for the Sake Slushie of STIX-Express in downtown Memphis. This Asian fusion restaurant combines frozen lemonade and sake for an unexpected and incredibly refreshing frozen combo. You can also add flavor to your slushie, choosing from options like watermelon, green apple, and peach. This is a delicious take on a childhood favorite!
Frozen margarita and alcoholic shakes at Hopdoddy Burger Bar
4584 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 683-0700
Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Hopdody Burger Bar is a fast-casual burger chain with locations nationwide. While people usually show up for the burgers, their booze is also popular. Whether you want a tasty frozen margarita at the Poplar Avenue location or a big batch to enjoy with friends back home, Hopdoddy will quench your frozen cocktail craving. If you lean towards sweeter drinks, order a Boozy Shake from fun flavors like Oreo, Nutella Chocolate Pretzel, and Salted Caramel, or choose a classic like Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry. (If you’re curious about the takeout jackpots we mentioned, ask your server about “The Roadie”!)
Celtic Crossing Irish Pub & Restaurant Iced Irish Coffee
903 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 274-5151
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed on Mondays
Offering a healthy dose of alcohol and caffeine, Celtic Crossing Irish Pub’s Frozen Irish Coffee ticks all the right boxes. Enjoy it on the Celtic Crossing terrace with classic Irish dishes. Be sure to check out their website for updates on events and live music performances. There’s a reason they’ve been touted by many as the best patio in Memphis in the heart of Midtown!
Fortified Shakes at the Arcade Restaurant
540 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 526-5757
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arcade Restaurant serves up nostalgia with every order. Memphis’ oldest restaurant, Arcade, has been a local staple since the 1950s. This iconic joint offers dinner-style breakfast, sandwiches, sides and, of course, milkshakes. But not just milkshakes for the kids – head to Arcade for one of their fortified shakes in flavors like Salted Caramel, Almond Joy, Chocoholic, Strawboozy, Apple Pie and Mint Chocolate. Their “Shake It Like the King” milkshake pays homage to Elvis and includes Irish Cream, Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum, Vanilla Ice Cream and Peanut Butter.
Here’s to beating the heat – with a kick!
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