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11 alcoholic frozen drinks to cool down and turn up in Detroit



The hotter the day, the cooler the drinks. As the temperatures start to rise, why not take a booze cruise through some of Detroit's frozen offerings? Cool down and turn up with these milkshakes, tropical slushies, and frozen beer drinks.

Batch Brewing
1400 Porter St., Detroit; 313-338-8008
Name a more iconic duo: beer slushies. Batch changes out their selection of slushified beers weekly.

Public House
241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-850-7420
Try the Carlotta which blends pineapple rum, coco lopez, pineapple juice, and vanilla ice cream. Or if bourbon is more your bag, order the Bert as it features bourbon, aperol, orange juice, bitters, and vanilla ice cream.

1454 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 586-850-0205
A rose by any other name would get you drunk? Try the Rose slushie. Seriously.

The Fountain Detroit
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-209-5301
Tropical drinkers rejoice! Try the Mango Madness, Strawberry Margarita, or the Detroit Vice, which combines them both.

Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-962-4000
What's a ball game without a refreshing daiquiri? Ask for secret menu items Tiger Tail and Tiger Fuel.

The Skip
The Belt Alley, Detroit
You won't want to skip the Cucumber Margarita, Boilermaker, or the French 75 with Bombay Sapphire, lemon, sugar, and cava.

Gold Cash Gold
2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-242-0770
Rotating taps of seasonal slushie flavors like the Gin Kazama with gin, campari, strawberry puree, lemon, and pinapple.

Mutiny Bar
4654 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-406-4043
Detroit's only tiki bar serving up unique tropical-inspired cocktails. Try one of their boozy slushies on tap. Current flavors include: Walk the Plank, a bourbon, raspberry, and grapefruit soda creation, as well as Junk Ship with whisky, lemongrass and ginger beer.

Honest John's
488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646
Nothing wrong with a classic. This slushie machine is rocking go-to flavors like strawberry daiquiri and piƱa colada.

Punch Bowl Social
1331 Broadway St, Detroit; 313-749-9738
These milkshakes pack a punch. Made with Crown Royal Maple, vanilla soft serve, and malted milk, the Malted Maple Royale is topped with candied bacon. If you're feeling tropical, order up the B.B. Alexander with banana-infused brandy, fresh banana, salted caramel soft serve, and banana chips.

The Hummer
100 Clairpointe St., Detroit; 313-822-1853; byc.com
This historical drink is a must-have in any bar. Created by Detroiter Jerome Adams in 1967 the drink became a sensation among his patrons at the Bayview Yacht Club. Now, it's rivaled as one of the most popular frozen beverages made with sweet vanilla ice cream, ice cubes, Bacardi, and Kahlua. Add a some chocolate and make it a mudslide.

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