Bars & Pubs

Brain Freeze | Brisbane’s Best Frozen Cocktails

By Sophia McMeekin
3rd Dec 2014

The silly season is upon us, guys, which means one thing; lots and lots of Christmas parties, and subsequent Christmas drinking. 

At some stage you’re going to get sick of drinking beer and wine and need something else to turn to. But what? Which beverage will be there for you in this time of sweaty dance floors and stupefying wine comas? Frozen cocktails, that’s who. 

We’re talking long hot days, sitting in the warm afternoon sun with mates, or listening mindlessly to co-workers blabber on, all the while clutching a delicious, ice-cold cocktail. It’s sweet, it’s cold, it’s alcoholic. 

To help you navigate your way through the end of year celebrations and summer heat, we’ve put together some of Brisbane’s best frozen cocktails, with everything from daiquiris and margaritas, to ice spheres and ice cream. 

Red Hook

Brisbane CBD 

Hidden in Gresham Lane in Brisbane’s CBD is super cool New York style street diner, Red Hook. Aside from serving delicious food, these guys also have a cocktail menu to make your mouth water. Cold cocktail treats include the almost-too-good-to-be-true Harlem Hard Shake, made of bourbon, chocolate, caramel and peanut butter ice cream. Also not to be missed is the Spiked Cream Soda, consisting of vanilla vodka, vanilla ice cream and creaming soda. 

The Scratch


If you love beer and also love ice-cream, then get your buns down to The Scratch in Milton, immediately! These mad geniuses have combined the two to create a Stout Milkshake, which is your choice of stout poured over delicious Lick! Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Sweet and boozy, just the way we like it.

Spectrum Daiquiri Bar

Fortitude Valley

Welcome to the frozen cocktail mother-land, you guys. Set on Brunswick Street in the valley, Spectrum has not one, not two, but 13 different kinds of frozen daiquiris and frozen cocktails on tap! This bright, boozy rainbow of loveliness includes old friends like the Long Island Ice Tea, Fruit Tingle and Mango Daiquiri. It also includes new friends, like Amazombie, consisting of pineapple juice, banana, passionfruit, Blue Curacao, gin, lemonde and Acai berries! Another must-try is the Lady Lux, made of Jacob’s Creek Pinot Grigio, pomegranate juice, raspberry and Maraschino Liqueur. 

Lychee Lounge

West End

West End’s cocktail institution, Lychee Lounge, have a long list of cocktails that making choosing one, very difficult. So don’t choose one, choose two. Start with The Hemingway Daiquiri, containing Havana Club 3 year old Rum, grapefruit, lime and maraschino followed by Tommy’s Margarita, containing El Jimador Tequila, lime and agave nectar. Adios Amigos! 

Canvas Cocktail and Wine Bar


Part of the growing South Brisbane food and drink scene, Canvas on Logan Road is a ‘think outside the box’ type place, where they hand carve ice for top shelf spirits. While it’s hard to choose just one cocktail, for a treat of the ice-cold variety start with The Vasquez, made of Zaccapa 23year old rum, amaro averna, Maraschino Liqueur and coconut water ice sphere. 

Beach Burrito Co.

Fortitude Valley

When it comes to frozen cocktails, you cannot go past a good old fashioned Margarita. Grab your amigos and get on down to one of the Beach Burrito Co. locations for some ice cold alcohol action, including Margarita Tequila, Margarita Vodka and an El Diablo Tequila. For bonus points, stuff yourself full of tacos while you’re there. 

Phoebe Lee is a freelance writer and travel blogger who loves dogs, Tupac and warm, tropical holiday destinations. Never happy being tied down, Phoebe loves the feeling of freedom that comes with travel. Follow her on her adventures around the world here, on Instagram: @littlegreybox_phoebe.

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