If you’re looking for a way to cool down (and turn up), try one or more of these boozy fruit-flavored slushies. Be warned: too many of these and you’ll have a brain freeze that will require a couple of Tylenol the next day.
Cherry Blow Pop
Piper’s rebranded last spring to focus more on adult beverages, making itself an even bigger hit with the combination of cold treats and alcohol in its frozen drink selections. Made with amaretto, black cherry, and pomegranate, this frozen drink is the kind of snow cone that only the 21-plus crowd can acquire. Pro tip: ask for it over creamy whip with whipped cream on top!
Piper’s Café, 520 W. Sixth St., Covington, (859) 291-7287
Original Cherry Slush Puppie
When 16-Bit closed up shop, we thought the old school Slush Puppie machine was gone for good. Luckily, Pins surprised everyone by bringing it back. Add cherry vodka, whipped vodka, or some Fireball to this puppie and relive your childhood—at least parts of it, anyway.
Pins Mechanical Co., 1124 Main St., (513) 964-7746
Habanero Blood Orange Marg
At this joint, which opened in 2020, you can build almost any kind of boozy slushie your heart desires, but we recommend the sweet heat of this frozen drink. It combines and balances two polar opposite flavors for a taste that will warm you up while cooling you off.
The Frost Factory, 7547 Bales St., Liberty Twp. and 36 W. Freedom Way, downtown, (513) 644-0170
Remember the Creamsicle? Those orange and vanilla popsicles you consumed all summer during your youth? Well, imagine those mixed with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and you’ve got this beauty. The smooth orange flavor is the perfect match for that kick the vodka will give you.
Frosthaus, 115 Park Pl., Covington, (859) 360-3272
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
BLOX Spiked Ice gives you control of the drink-making with its frozen cocktail cubes. Go for something sweet by taking two pineapple BLOX, adding some cake vodka, pineapple juice, and a splash of grenadine, and get a little tropical. You can snag some of these cubes during a game at Great American Ball Park or at a corner store near you.