Houston’s Best Frozen Drinks — 10 Restaurants That Make Summer CoolBY Jailyn Marcel // 08.06.17
Frozen cocktails — like this flight from State Fare — have made a serious comeback.
Grab a Watermelon Frosé at Beaver's. (Photo courtesy Beaver's Westheimer Facebook page)
Your frozen lychee martini awaits at Le Colonial. (Courtesy photo)
Relax in the biergarten at King's Bierhaus with a frosé. (Courtesy photo)
Relish's twist on a frosé inject blackberries and lime. (Photo courtesy @relishrestaurantandbar)
Have some fun at Pi Pizza with the purple Screwston daquiri. (Courtesy photo)
The SS Washington is also available at Pi Pizza. (Courtesy photo)
Frozen cocktails are back and better than ever. Gone are the days where frozen drinks were categorized as nothing more than overly sweet, unrefined libations. Now, even the most upscale Houston restaurants and bars are tapping into frozen concoctions.
From frosty martinis to the trendy frosé, these 10 Houston restaurants are flaunting some of the finest frozen cocktails on the market. Cheers!
The classic frosé is already a crowd pleaser. A blend of frozen rosé and strawberries, the trendy cocktail has quickly become a staple summer libation. Beaver’s newest location puts its own spin on the drink, ditching the strawberries for an essential summer fruit — watermelon.
Enjoy Beaver’s watermelon frosé at the bar, or head out to the restaurant’s expansive patio. 6025 Westheimer Road, beavershtx.com.
Bernie’s Burger Bus the Heights
Bernie’s debuted its new Heights location earlier this week, and it is showcasing more than just the brand’s signature burgers. With a new bar dubbed the “Teacher’s Lounge,” Bernie’s in the Heights is dishing out a diverse cocktail list which includes two frozens — the Texas Blackberry Bramble made with gin, lemon juice, and housemade blackberry syrup; and the Grapefruit Paloma, a mix of tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar.
Both drinks are priced at just $6.50. Bernie’s boozy milkshakes are also available, with flavors such as peanut butter + jelly, strawberry + banana, and chocolate + coconut. 2200 Yale Street, berniesburgerbus.com.
Eight Row Flint
Whiskey may take center stage at this modern day icehouse, but Eight Row Flint’s frozen cocktails are the true stars of the menu. The obligatory margarita and frosé make appearances, however, you’ll want to resist the urge for the classics and go for the frozen gin & tonic.
Even gin haters are guaranteed to fall in love. Of course, you’ll want to pair your drink with one of Eight Row’s signature tacos. 1039 Yale Street, agricolehospitality.com/eight-row-flint
While many Houstonians flock to this German-American biergarten for its superior selection of brews, King’s Bierhaus is also making a name for itself with its classic frosé. Enjoy the frozen drink in King’s Oktoberfest-style interiors, or head outside to the scenic biergarten. 2044 East T.C. Jester Boulevard, kingsbierhaus.com.
Kirby Ice House
There’s no bad day for a trip to Kirby Ice House, especially when you’re indulging in one of the bar’s delicious frozen cocktails. We’re partial to the frozen iced tea, a refreshing libation for even Houston’s hottest summer day. Unsurprisingly, a frosé is also offered on the drinks menu. 3333 Eastside Street, facebook.com/kirbyicehouse.
Le Colonial may be known for its upscale cuisine and posh surrounds, but the French-Vietnamese restaurant in River Oaks District is adding a whimsical touch to its cocktail menu with the introduction of a new frozen lychee martini.
We’re thinking the frozen concoction — made with pureed lychees, pineapple juice, and Grey Goose vodka — will pair well with our go-to duck entree.
If you’re not into lychee, a frosé option is also available. River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, lecolonialhouston.com.
Pizza isn’t the only thing cooking at this Heights restaurant. Pi is also offering a a diverse cocktail list, with a couple of standout frozen renditions such as the purple Screwston Daquiri. The SS Washington, made with vodka and orange tang, also doesn’t disappoint. 181 Height Boulevard, pipizzahtx.com.
The Raven Tower
White Oak Mustic Hall’s sister venue is already known for its lively patio and whimsical libations, and now it has added refreshing frozens to its already diverse cocktail menu.
We’re going for the Sandia Suerte Margarita, a mix of Suerte Tequila, fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, agave nectar. If you’re in the mood for something a bit sweeter, opt for the classics such as the frozen Strawberry Daiquiri or the Piña Colada. 310 North Street, whiteoakmusichall.com/the-raven-tower.
Relish Restaurant and Bar
While Relish once made a name for itself with its grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, the new full-service Westheimer restaurant is not only equipped with a new food menu, but has also added cocktails into the mix.
This summer, Relish is joining the frosé craze with blackberry lime rendition — talk about refreshing. 2810 Westheimer Road, relishhouston.com.
Everything is bigger (and better) at Texas-centric restaurant State Fare. So when it comes to frozen cocktails, it’s no surprise that bar director Laurie Harvey is giving patrons not one, not two, but four frozen drinks to choose from.
You can sample all four concoctions via State Fare’s frozen cocktail flight which comes complete with the Ocean Water (rum, ginger, coconut, lime); the Cucumber & Ginger Caipirinha (Cachaca, ginger, lime, cucumber); the peach sangria, and the frozen margarita. 947 Gessner Road, statefaretx.com.