Frozen drinks are high up on our summer drinking bucket list, but breaking out the blender and using up entire trays of ice just to make a couple of drinks doesn’t exactly fall in line with summer’s chill vibes. Luckily, there’s an easy way to make icy, slushy drinks all season long. Behold: The boozy baggie slushie. It’s the summer hack that will keep you alive and thriving through even the sweatiest of heat waves.
In order to test a recipe before loading a giant batch into a frozen drink machine, Arnold told the bartenders in the audience to mix a single serving in a plastic baggie, lay it flat in a freezer and see if it freezes correctly. (Watch him demonstrate the technique in this video.) While the tip is great for professional mixologists, it’s even better for home bartenders who want to stock their freezer with ready-to-drink slushy cocktails.
How to Make Frozen Cocktails Without a Blender
Step 1: Using whatever tools you have, mix together the ingredients from the chosen recipe of the frozen cocktail.
Step 2: Pour a single serving of the mixture into small, sealable plastic bags.
Step 3: Seal the bags, releasing as much air from the bags as possible.
Step 4: Place the bags in the freezer, laying them flat.
Step 5: In three hours, check on the frozen cocktail’s consistency. If they are at the desired consistency, take them out and serve the drinks. If they need a longer time in the freezer, monitor them for increments of 30 minutes until they reach the right consistency.
You Can Turn These 3 Cocktails Into Slushies Without Using a Blender
No copper mug here, just a plastic sandwich baggie. This easy, no-blender, frozen Moscow Mule is made with both ginger beer and ginger syrup, for an extra zippy hit of spice. Even if you don’t consider yourself a member of the Moscow Mule cult, this frosty cocktail will hit the spot at any time of day—it makes a particularly great brunch cocktail when the a.m. heat is already unbearable.