Remember that feeling when you were a kid at the playground on a hot summer day and you suddenly heard the siren call of an ice cream truck? Before you knew it, you were up and running, shouting “ice cream!” to anyone nearby as you raced to find change and line up for a cool summer treat.
As an adult it’s sometimes hard to experience life with as much unbridled enthusiasm and joy as when you were a child, so I try to pay attention when I feel that familiar rush and excitement. For me, the adult version of that is when you combine alcohol and cold, slushy fruit drinks. Give me a frozen drink and a breezy patio on a hot summer day and I’ll be a happy camper.
From the classic Atlanta staples such as Jack & Coke Slushies from Victory Sandwich Bar to the tropical offerings of Bon Ton, a brand new Cajun-Creole restaurant in the old Top Flr space in Midtown, these are some of my favorite tasty beverages to take the edge off of those humid summer nights.
Frozen Ward Six Cup: Housemade Cathead Vodka “Pimm’s,” cucumber, fruit, ginger, lemon, small $9, large $13
Frozen Vietnamese Irish Coffee: Jameson, coffee brandy, sweetened condensed milk, chicory coffee, cream, nutmeg, small $9, large $13
674 Myrtle St. NE, bontonatl.com or (404) 996-6177
Victory Sandwich Bar
Frosé: Frozen rosé, small $6, large $12
Boozy Coke Slushy: Jack Daniels and Coke, small $4, large $8
913 Bernina Ave. NE, vicsandwich.com or (404) 709-2892
Kirkyard Public House
Frozen Dark & Stormy: Gosling’s black rum, Gosling’s ginger beer, fresh squeezed lime juice, half pint $5.25, pint $10
Augusta Lemonade: Fruitland Augusta peach tea vodka, lemonade, half pint $5.25, pint $10
1963 Hosea L Williams Drive NE, kirkyardpub.com or (404) 500-1357
Bourbon Coffee: Four Roses Yellow Label and Vietnamese coffee, single $7, double $12
Blackberry Gin Bramble: Gin Cassis, lemon, house blackberry syrup, single $7, double $12
427 Edgewood Ave. SE, joystickgamebar.com or (404) 525-3002
The Painted Pin
Pin’s Cup: Pimm’s, Lemon, Grilled Pineapple Soda, $10
737 Miami Circle NE, thepaintedpin.com or (404) 814-8736