Philadelphia, PA - With potentially record-breaking summer hitting the region this weekend, imbibers can stay "hydrated" with a little help from these frozen drinks that are 100% worth the brain freeze. For your convenience, we've rounded up ice-cold elixirs from Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge, Bluebird Distilling, New Liberty Distillery, and The Twisted Tail - all perfect for battling the scorching 90°+ temps all summer long.
5 Frozen Drinks to Sip in Philly This Summer
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Center City's swanky rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, City Hall, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has a bevy of delicious frozen cocktails on the newly-launched spring/summer menu, featuring the fan-favorite Frosé ($16), crafted with rosé, Cocchi Rosa, dry vermouth, strawberry, and lemon, and Frozen Lemonade ($16), composed of gin, Salers Aperitif, and housemade lemonade. For those unable to decide between the two tipples, Philly Vice ($16) is a mix of craft cocktails in one glass — making for the ultimate, indulgent refresher. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday from 4 pm with last seating at 10:30 pm. 1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Silk City Diner, Bar & Lounge
Silk City Diner, Bar & Lounge, the eclectic retro diner and lounge with adjacent art and artifact-filled garden, boasts an extensive seasonal beverage menu, with two standout frozen libations, including Painkiller ($12), fashioned with Cruzan Island Spiced Rum, pineapple, coconut, and dark rum float, and Blood Orange Margarita ($12), composed of Hornitos Plata Tequila, blood orange, lime, and orange. Guests can sip on these tipples and more while staying covered and cool in the sweeping, weather-proof canopy atop the verdant outdoor cocktail garden. Hours of operation: Wednesday from 5 pm – 10 pm, Thursday from 5 pm – 11 pm, Friday from 5 pm – 12 am, Saturday from 11 am – 12 am, and Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm. 435 Spring Garden St
Bluebird Distilling, an award-winning grain-to-glass craft distillery, offers a stellar selection of seasonal sippers at their expansive Phoenixville distillery and tasting room with a spacious covered outdoor patio. Their state-of-the-art frozen drink machine can freeze a bottle of bourbon into slushy form in just 20 seconds, and flavors rotate weekly from icy Gin and Tonics to this week's timely rendition of a Frozen Dirty Shirley ($10/$12), fashioned with Bluebird 100% Rye vodka, sprite, grenadine, and cherry. The New York Times and more have dubbed the Dirty Shirley the unofficial drink of summer! Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday from 4 pm – 11 pm, Friday through Sunday from 1 pm – 11 pm. 100 Bridge St, Phoenixville, PA
New Liberty Distillery
New Liberty Distillery, South Kensington's craft distillery and home to award-winning spirit lines such as the revived heritage Kinsey brand, recently launched its lush al fresco cocktail garden just in time for patio season, complete with a rejuvenated craft cocktail menu featuring a breezy and tropical Surf's Up ($12) crafted with Dreadnought White Rum, Single Prop Coconut Rum, cream of coconut, pineapple, house tiki bitters, and cherry. Hours of operation: Thursday 4 – 10 pm, Friday 4 – 11 pm, Saturday 2 – 11 pm, and Sunday 1 – 6 pm 1431 N Cadwallader St.
The Twisted Tail
The Twisted Tail, the Southern-inspired restaurant, bar, and live music venue on Headhouse Square, is gearing up for the upcoming summer season and steamy temps with the return of the über popular (and very refreshing) Champagne Pop ($15. This effervescent sipper is composed of Champagne poured over your choice of ice pops, ranging in flavors from watermelon to pineapple to blueberry — served in a traditional coupe glass. Hours of operation: Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm, and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm for brunch service. 509 S. 2nd Street