Hearing the words “frozen cocktail” may trigger flashbacks of college spring break (if we never see another strawberry daiquiri… ). But we’re classing up the icy drink game here. Incorporating more fresh fruit and taking the sugar down a notch, these frozen cocktails take summertime chilling to healthier heights.

Frozen Sangria

The ultimate drink for a party, this sangria nixes refined sugar and uses honey instead. Meanwhile an entire pound of frozen berries does double duty as ice, so there’s no diluting of flavor.

Frozen Mojito Slushies

You’ll need a strong blender to whip all the ice and mint in this recipe into a frothy frenzy. Joined by a splash of rum and a generous squeeze of lime, the results are fresh, fresh, fresh.

Bourbon Peach Slush

This bourbon-based drink gets its coral blush from a peach-based simple syrup plus blended fresh peaches, which add a nice dose of antioxidants to your cocktail.

Pineapple Coolers

No added sugar in this beach-ready blend! Aside from the rum, it’s all about the natural sweetness from the bright, bold pineapple and the mild coconut milk.

Apple Cider Fireball Slushie

Named for the red-hot whiskey at the center of the recipe, this intense cocktail isn’t for the faint of heart. A bit of apple cider and a ton of ice temper the spice while keeping some of the kick.

Frozen Peach Bellini

The sunset orange hue of this drink alone will win you over, and the fact that it comes from fresh ingredients like mango pulp and peach slices makes it that much sweeter.

Peach Wine Slushies

Freeze peach slices. Blend with your favorite fruity wine. Glug (or, you know, sip elegantly, if you have that kind of patience).

Frozen Dark and Stormy
Photo: Ethan Calabrese

One tablespoon of actual ginger root gives this frozen version of the classic Bermudian drink a shot of anti-inflammatory power.

Frozen Gin and Tonic
Photo: Maureen Petrosky

This boozy, lime-kissed, icy blend is the perfect refresher on a hot day. Use an ice-cream maker for scoopable perfection or a blender for a more granita-like consistency.

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