August 16, 2018

Eight Frosty Cincinnati Cocktails To Keep You Cool This Summer

Summertime heat is upon us. The days are long, the sun is (usually) shining and humidity is back in full force. You could stay indoors, watch Netflix and avoid it all together, or you could brave the heat and cool down with a boozy frozen treat.  Because nothing says "adulting in the summer" like a frozen slushy full of liquor. Cincinnati offers a plethora of choices when it comes to grabbing a real frosty one. From buzzed milkshakes to popsicle cocktails and a wide range of boozy slushies, you're sure to find the right chilly treat to keep you cool.
Photos by Hailey Bollinger, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper
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21c Museum Hotel's Cocktail Terrace
609 Walnut St., Downtown
Pop-tails from 21c's Cocktail Terrace
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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21c Museum Hotel's Cocktail Terrace

609 Walnut St., Downtown
Pop-tails from 21c's Cocktail Terrace
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
21c Museum Hotel
609 Walnut St., Downtown
Take a secret elevator ride to the seasonal 21c Museum Hotel rooftop terrace and watch the sun set over downtown with a 'pop-tail' in hand. The uniquely flavored popsicles are made from scratch and then added to chilled spirits to be sipped, stirred or licked.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

21c Museum Hotel

609 Walnut St., Downtown Take a secret elevator ride to the seasonal 21c Museum Hotel rooftop terrace and watch the sun set over downtown with a 'pop-tail' in hand. The uniquely flavored popsicles are made from scratch and then added to chilled spirits to be sipped, stirred or licked.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cabana on the River
7445 Forbes Road, Green Township
Cabana on the River is a seasonal riverfront patio that offers guests an island paradise with palm trees, beach volleyball, bites and frozen drinks to keep cool in the summertime. The cabana offers four boozy frozen drinks to choose from including the Orange Creme made with vanilla vodka and orange cream mix.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Cabana on the River

7445 Forbes Road, Green Township Cabana on the River is a seasonal riverfront patio that offers guests an island paradise with palm trees, beach volleyball, bites and frozen drinks to keep cool in the summertime. The cabana offers four boozy frozen drinks to choose from including the Orange Creme made with vanilla vodka and orange cream mix.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Second Place
3936 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
Second Place is a self-deprecating sports bar with outdoor ping pong, boozy slushies and free popcorn. Pictured is the Bourbon Slushy, made with bourbon, orange and light spices.
Photo: Patty Salas
Hailey Bollinger, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Second Place

3936 Spring Grove Ave., Northside Second Place is a self-deprecating sports bar with outdoor ping pong, boozy slushies and free popcorn. Pictured is the Bourbon Slushy, made with bourbon, orange and light spices.
Photo: Patty Salas
16-Bit Bar+Arcade
1331 Walnut St., OTR
According to 16-Bit Bar + Arcade brand manager Bob Berley, "we love coming up with fun, new ways to infuse elements of nostalgia into our brand." In addition to their boozy Slush Puppies, the bar also offers a popsicle cocktail named Hulk Hogan made with vodka, lemonade and an Original Bomb Pop Popsicle.
Photo: Patty Salas
Hailey Bollinger, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

16-Bit Bar+Arcade

1331 Walnut St., OTR According to 16-Bit Bar + Arcade brand manager Bob Berley, "we love coming up with fun, new ways to infuse elements of nostalgia into our brand." In addition to their boozy Slush Puppies, the bar also offers a popsicle cocktail named Hulk Hogan made with vodka, lemonade and an Original Bomb Pop Popsicle.
Photo: Patty Salas
Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club
860 Elm St., Ludlow
With a giant shark figurine impaled on the sign, Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club has a definite sense of laid-back island humor — and cheap drinks. People might go for the irony, river views and glowing palm trees, but they stay for the grill-your-own steaks, live music and frozen drinks served in Styrofoam cups.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club

860 Elm St., Ludlow With a giant shark figurine impaled on the sign, Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club has a definite sense of laid-back island humor — and cheap drinks. People might go for the irony, river views and glowing palm trees, but they stay for the grill-your-own steaks, live music and frozen drinks served in Styrofoam cups.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Queen City Radio
222 W. 12th St., OTR
Head to the beer garden at Queen City Radio for a local pint, boozy slushies, wine, cocktails and adult-themed treats like alcohol-infused popsicles.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hailey Bollinger, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

Queen City Radio

222 W. 12th St., OTR Head to the beer garden at Queen City Radio for a local pint, boozy slushies, wine, cocktails and adult-themed treats like alcohol-infused popsicles.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Video Archive
965 E. McMillan Road, East Walnut Hills
The Video Archive is a nostalgic movie store that doubles as a speakeasy. Jason Keeney, general manager, says all drinks are inspired by Quentin Tarantino films, including the famous $5 milkshakes (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry). Pictured is a strawberry milkshake spiked with bourbon, milk, strawberry syrup and house-made bourbon whipped cream.
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper
Hailey Bollinger, Patty Salas and Ty Wesselkamper

The Video Archive

965 E. McMillan Road, East Walnut Hills The Video Archive is a nostalgic movie store that doubles as a speakeasy. Jason Keeney, general manager, says all drinks are inspired by Quentin Tarantino films, including the famous $5 milkshakes (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry). Pictured is a strawberry milkshake spiked with bourbon, milk, strawberry syrup and house-made bourbon whipped cream.
Photo: Ty Wesselkamper