Food & Drink

11 boozed-up frozen beverages to get you through Summer

Published On 07/31/2013 Published On 07/31/2013
Moe's Original Bar B Que - Bushwacker

Summertime swilling shouldn't be limited to just Atlanta's best Summer beer options or whatever hooch you can creatively sneak into a concert or park. You also need frozen cocktails, so we've endured some pretty serious hardships (a glorious afternoon on sun-drenched patios, brain freeze, etc.) to bring you 11 of Atlanta's most wildly intense liquored-up frozen slushies and milkshakes. You're welcome.

Frozen Jack & Coke Slush, Victory Sandwich Bar
This brutally addictive mixture of JD and Coke is the one that started the boozed-up slushie boom in ATL, and, until you've tried it, you don't know Jack about frozen cocktails.

Adult Milkshake, Del Frisco's Grille
We all scream for this proprietary concoction of Nocello walnut liqueur, creme de cacao chocolate liqueur, and vanilla ice cream that's blended up creamy smooth.

Spiked Slushies, D.B.A. Barbecue
The VaHi barbecue joint's selection of spiked Icees ranges from simple, like this grape number, to the more extreme offerings like the Whynatte white Russian, and blueberry moonshine lemonade.

Booty Shake, Grindhouse Killer Burgers
A rousing homage to the ATL strip club scene, this aptly named 'tail is a mixture of peach liqueur, Jack Daniel's Honey & vanilla ice cream, the last of which is apparently sourced exclusively from home improvement shows, and the occasional cable re-run of Cool As Ice.

Hemingway Daquiri, Seven Lamps
Head mixtress Arianne Fielder uses this Buckhead cocktailery's slushie maker to... um, make countless frozen boozy options, but none are better than this rum-heavy daquiri w/ maraschino liqueur, grapefruit & lime.

Bushwacker, Moe's Original Bar B Que
One of these Wendy's Frosty-like mixtures of vanilla ice cream with rum, coffee & chocolate liqueurs over crushed ice will do some damage, but two Bushwackers will do like the old WWE tag team, and lay you flat on your back.

Seasonal Slushie, The Family Dog
The VaHi watering hole takes a farm-to-table approach to drinking (but seriously discourages drinking on the way from one to the other, obviously), as evidenced by this locally sourced mixture of Cathead vodka and whatever seasonal fruits are available.

Deep Eddy Vodka Slushies, STATS
If saying these Deep Eddy Arnold Palmers w/ sweet tea vodka, or Salty Dogs w/ ruby-red grapefruit are wayyyy below par sounds like an insult, you've probably had one too many of the aforementioned Deep Eddy Arnold Palmers w/ sweet tea vodka, or Salty Dogs w/ ruby-red grapefruit.

Mambo Taxi, Mi Cocina
Helpfully, this frozen margarita/sangria combo is at least partly named for what you should take home after having a few of 'em.

Frozen Slushies, Chick-a-Biddy
Only an actually biddy would object to you taking down a few of this chicken shack's fresh frozen mint julep and watermelon-basil margarita slushies.

Bourbon Milkshake, Bone Lick BBQ
Drinking one of these thick, bourbon, chocolate, peanut butter & ice cream mixtures forced us to endure the most difficult of all the hardships we faced finding these 11 sweet frozen cocktails for you: not making a joke about their name. Having to show restraint totally sucked (!), but the bourbon shake was amazing.

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1. Victory Sandwich Bar Decatur 340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

The Victory Sandwich Shop in Decatur is known for its small but mighty selection of tiny, affordable, and cleverly named sandwiches. The pressed squares’ flavor combinations range from the Tea Bird, with chicken, ghost pepper jack, tomato, lettuce, and sweet tea mayo, to the Okie Dokie, with Brie, confit tomato, artichoke, arugula, and pesto. If you’re looking to mix it up, salads and sides are also options. On the beverage side of things, get a brain freeze from a “world famous” Jack and Coke Slushie or sip on a spiked soda.

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2. Del Frisco's Grille 3376 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

Situated in the upwardly trending Buckhead neighborhood, Del Frisco's Grille is a bustling steakhouse serving premier steaks, fresh food, and an array of other gourmet fare. And with a glass of wine from its extensive stock, you can take it all in from one of its scenic patio.

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3. D.B.A. Barbecue 1190 N Highland Ave NE, Ste B, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

With its red plastic chairs, booth seating, and vintage Coke ads on the wall, D.B.A. Barbecue looks like the kind of joint that would serve down-right sloppy but delicious BBQ on paper plates and cheap beer in styrofoam cups. And that's partially true -- the smoked wings, ribs, brisket, and pastrami that grace this Virginia Highland spot's plates are top-notch -- especially when paired with a side of Texas toast -- but the full bar takes things one step further with its selection of craft beers from the Southeast and spiked slushy cocktails.

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4. Grindhouse Killer Burgers 1842 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Buckhead)

Grindhouse Killer Burgers is kind of like the reading a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' book, but it's better because there's food involved. Orders are customized from scratch from the meat (beef/turkey/veggie) to the size of the patties to the toppings (of which there are a dozen), but if you aren't feeling creative, there are a handful of burger "styles," like the Hillbilly with brisket chili and the bleu cheese-heavy Yankee. A lot of folks drop by and get theirs to go, but they miss out on the kung fu movies that are always playing on the flatscreen tvs.

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5. Seven Lamps 3400 Around Lenox Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

This rustic resto is serving craft food and drinks, which means artisan cheeses, handmade pastas, and, naturally, things like their Smoked Bramlett Trout Mousse. Drinks run the gamut from jerk sodas to beer-tails to speciality 'tails.

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6. Moe's Original BBQ 349 14th St, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Midtown)

Moe's is an Alabama-born pit BBQ joint featuring an all-wood interior whose walls're covered with six HDTVs, Braves plaques, and mounted skis. Fill up on sammies like 'Bama-style pulled pork or the shrimp "Moe Boy".

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7. The Family Dog 1402 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

TFD's an awesomely low-brow bar from Chef Ron Eyester and company, set directly across from his Rosebud resto and featuring a huge wood-framed Grateful Dead mural, a jazz-to-Hank-Williams jukebox, and a foosball table.

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8. STATS Restaurant & Bar 300 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Downtown)

STATS takes food and sports seriously, so if you do too, stop in for games on tons of TVs, an extensive food menu, and tons of beer/drinks.

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9. Mi Cocina 1080 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Face it, su cocina will never encompass two floors featuring a modern ambience, ornithological murals, crazy-good Tex-Mex grub, and cocktails that don't consist of only cheap rum and Mr. Pibb, so you should head over to Mi Cocina to get all of that and more.

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10. Chick-a-Biddy 264 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363 (Atlantic Station)

Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere of Bantam + Biddy crossed the road and took their fried-chicken talents to Atlantic Station for Chick-a-Biddy, a farm-fresh concept with even more of the feathered fowl to love.

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11. Bone Lick BBQ 1133 Huff Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

Bone Lick's a saucy meat mecca with a recycled wood bar and skee-ball pointed out by a gigantic lit-up carnival arrow.