Best Frozen Cocktails In Detroit

July 10, 2014 8:00 AM


Ready to slide into summer with a tropical beverage in hand? What are you waiting for? Head out to one of the spots listed below to experience summer living done right: with one hand always holding a frozen cocktail. From boozy milkshakes and liquored-up snow cones to tropical pina coladas and massive margaritas, these Detroit establishments will help you make it a summer to remember.
Public House
241 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 850-7420

Two words: boozy milkshakes. Drop by Public House and let the colorful mermaid adorning the milkshake take you on a wild ride courtesy of this glorious ice cream concoction. The addition of alcohol makes this frosty beverage a sublime way to get your fix. The atmosphere is contemporary, rooted in hardcore cool. Nothing is overtly fussy, making this the prime spot to meet friends for drinks after work. Beyond that, is a chill crew that serves up miniature versions of culinary delights and an array of interesting drinks. Definitely don’t leave without grabbing a bag of cotton candy- another treat that screams summer!

22828 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 850-8060

Remember the good old days, when you made a snow cone using some ice cubes and a Snoopy Sno Cone Machine? Times have changed. Lose the ice cubes and add some liquor to that summertime treat, and call it a raspado! At least, that’s what Imperial did. Available in a variety of flavors, this booze-laden snow cone is the drink to chill with this summer. The flavor selection changes weekly but has featured peach, mango and raspberry. Each icy beverage is perfected with the addition of smooth tequila. It doesn’t get better than this.

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Xochimilco Restaurant
3409 Bagley Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 843-0179

If margaritas as big as a human head is more your style, head over to Xochimilco Restaurant. This spot serves up frosty drinks that are something to write home about. The size alone will elicit a resounding “whoa” from everyone at the table, and the surrounding parties as well. The festive atmosphere complements the drink perfectly, but be warned, too many could leave you dancing on the tables or joining the mariachi band as it serenades guests.

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Mexican Village
2600 Bagley Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 237-0333

Mexican Village is just the place to order a round of frozen drinks on a hot summer afternoon. This spot has been a mainstay on the Mexican restaurant circuit, serving up icy alcoholic elixirs to generations of festive drink seekers. Cool off with a pina colada in a variety of fruity flavors. Choose from strawberry, banana or original. From the first sip on, feel as though you are sailing off into the sunset on a tropical cruise. Friends will have to pinch you to remind you that the locale is Southwest Detroit, not Acapulco.

212 W. 5th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 591-4789

212 is a casual lounge with a stylish kick in all the right places. Slide into an oversized booth or pull up a chair at the bar. When looking to put a chill on the sizzling days of summer, look no further than the Local Margarita. It’s the drink you are looking for. This specialty drink is a margarita with a distinct twist – 212’s Local Margarita is made with some tantalizing ingredients, one of which is hibiscus. So settle in for the long haul, kick back with some great friends and enjoy the blissful days of a long, hot summer, made even better with a frozen cocktail.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and

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