Frozen Wedding Cocktails Perfect for Your Summer Celebration
Whether you're trying to keep guests comfortable at a warm-weather celebration, like a spring or summer wedding, or you're just hoping to surprise your attendees with an inventive signature cocktail, frozen drinks are a great way to spice up your big day's libation menu. They're fun, they're flavorful, and they're extra refreshing, too—what's not to love? That's why we rounded up a bunch of ideas for icy beverages, which are meant to inspire your own frosty sips.
When you see "frozen drinks," tropical concoctions served at seaside resorts might be the first things that come to mind. Those are definitely an option, and they're especially great for thematic destination nuptials, but there's more to the beverage category than frozen margaritas and daiquiris. Have you considered some childhood favorites, like slushies, milkshakes, or even sippable snow cones? Throw in some alcohol, and these all become beloved "adult" treats. The frozen-solid rosé pops seen here are another perfect option—don't they remind you of the rainbow popsicles you used to have stocked in the freezer as a kid?
Choose creative flavors, work with colorful ingredients, and serve the stuff in unique vessels, and you've got yourself an amazing menu addition. Once you've picked the drink (or drinks) that you want to work with, it's time to decide on when to serve. Cocktail hour is an obvious choice, but there are other opportunities throughout your special day, as well. Kick off the proceedings with a pre-ceremony beverage, or provide night caps at your after-party. Here, see some great frozen beverages for your wedding, and get tips for how to pull them off. Warning: (literally) cool ideas (and potential brain freezes) ahead.
Pour your favorite booze over a beloved frozen treat, like the cocktail seen here, which is made from Champagne and St. Germain-flavored sorbet.
Fruity and Frozen
The best part about frozen cocktails? You can turn just about any drink into an icy refresher—all you (or your bartender) need is some ice and a blender. We will say, however, that fruity options—like these orange and lemon slushies by Abaco Beach Resort—always make for better frozen sips, as opposed to smokier iterations.
As far as popular cocktails go, the margarita is about as universally loved as it gets. Instead of serving your signature sips on the rocks, make like The Whaling Club and blend tequila, a flavorful mix (though you can't go wrong with traditional lime, consider other summer-ready options, like watermelon, blood orange, or grapefruit), and Triple Sec with ice. Then, top everything off with seasonal garnishes, like tropical green sprigs and lime zest.
Ask anyone: Rosé is the official wine of summer. If you're as big a fan of this varietal as we are, serve it in all of its forms, bottled and otherwise, on your wedding day. Frosé—frozen Rosé, of course!—is the latest play on the seasonal classic. To create an interactive experience for your guests, leave the boozy slushy in its machine—copy this couple and deck yours out with monstera leaves and fun wooden signs—and encourage your loved ones to serve themselves.
You'll have to keep these alcoholic pops by Monika Hibbs far away from the kids' table—they look like child-friendly treats! In actuality, they're spiked frozen fruit bars, ready for the eating (as opposed to sipping!).
Frozen Bubbly Lemonade
This refreshing cocktail by Abby Capalbo takes a summertime staple drink—lemonade!—and makes it boozy and frozen. For an herbal twist, top your citrusy slushies with a basil leaf.
Believe it or not, your big-day cocktail—whether it's frozen, on the rocks, or neat—can play into your color palette. Take this deep pink drink, by Sphinx Wine Bar, for example—the blackberry-flavored sip played into the similarly-hued flowers throughout the rest of the event. Sugar rims and blueberry-threaded garnishes added a touch of sweetness.
Floral Frozen Margaritas
Looking for another way to make your classic frozen margaritas your own? Copy Design Lovefest and polish off yours with a few edible flowers for a touch of color (and floral flavor!).
When you think of frozen cocktails, what's the first one that comes to mind? Piña coladas, of course! The rum-based, coconut-meets-pineapple concoction is one your guests will appreciate during your beachfront celebration.
Take frosé one step—and a few ingredients—further by spiking it with additional spirits and infusing it with summertime flavors. Kate La Vie did just that by adding a juiced lemon, gin, and frozen watermelon chunks (which created the slushie texture!) into the mix.
This sweet cocktail from Sugar & Cloth comes packed with not one, but three citrus flavors—lime, lemon, and orange. Spiked with tequila and Grand Marnier, these icy sips are best when served with a salted rim, lime and orange wheels, and fresh jalapeño slices for a touch of heat.
Rosé Plus Popsicles
Now here's a simple frozen cocktail idea that doesn't require any extra machinery: Pour out plenty of Champagne or Rosé Brut and add in fruity popsicles—raspberry, strawberry, and mango options are our favorites.
Frozen Champagne Shots
How cool is this EKS Events' acrylic serving tray, full of mini glasses of frozen Champagne? Dried crushed flowers added another layer of color and whimsy to the contemporary display.
Raspberry Lemon Frosé
As you've likely already noticed, frosé makes the ultimate frozen cocktail base. Saving Dinner added in two complementary flavors—raspberry and lemon—to the go-to concoction for the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
Message in a (Popsicle-Filled) Cup
Here's a fun way to personalize your Champagne and popsicle cocktails—add an array of fun seasonal sayings (Sophia Loves Letters calligraphed "stay cool" onto each pop, transforming them into engaging swizzle sticks) to your batch.
Take this semi-frozen Sicilian dessert and, depending on the flavors, spike it with different spirits. While a lemon option might pair well with gin, a light tangerine would fuse best with vodka.
At this wedding, everyone was treated to delicious strawberry-lemonade slushies by Dine by Design. You can serve a similar drink to both grown ups and kids—just be sure to differentiate the ones that are alcoholic!
Your entire drink doesn't have to be frozen. At this event, flutes of bubbly (provided by Hungry Bear Catering Co.) containing brightly-colored popsicles were passed around during the cocktail hour.
Sipping a syrupy snow cone in a white wedding dress? Risky. Seeing the looks on attendees' faces when you do so? Worth it. Plus, they'll love enjoying some themselves.