Craving something cool to sip when temperatures soar? Grab a frosty glass in Alexandria, Virginia, within eyesight of Washington, D.C., in Old Town and beyond. Whether you’re in the mood for a Bourbon Slush paired with a patio vibe or a frozen margarita enjoyed riverside, here are seven local favorite frozen drinks for when the next heat wave strikes.

1. Bourbon Slush at The Front Porch

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When the heat sets in, head to The Front Porch, the Del Ray neighborhood’s laid-back courtyard, filled with Adirondack chairs and twinkling lights overhead. Cool off with a bracing Bourbon Slush or opt for the coral-colored Frosé and savor your drink with bites from Chef Jonathan Till’s critically-acclaimed kitchen.

2. Strawberry Daiquiri at Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

For a sweet refresher, sip a chilled strawberry daiquiri as you soak up the bustling waterfront at Vola’s Dockside Grill and Vola’s Hi-Tide Lounge. You can also pair seafood bites like coconut shrimp and a lobster roll with the citrusy Frozen Orange Crush, spiked with vodka and Triple Sec.

3. Mango Frozen Margaritas at Riverside Taco Company

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After strolling the waterfront, visit Vola’s new sister restaurant and grab a grown-up pick-me-up from Riverside Taco Company’s airstream trailer. The Frozen Mango Margarita makes for an icy-and-spicy combo with options like the Caribbean Carnitas tacos or the vegetarian rice and bean bowls. Circle back next time for a frozen margarita infused with strawberry or passionfruit.

4. Frozen Vodka Drink at The Peoples Drug

Ask for the Frozen Vodka Drink at The Peoples Drug on N. Alfred Street, and the mixologist will slide over an eye-catching concoction blending the liquor with blackberries, mint and lime juice. The gorgeous, pink-hued glass joins artfully-crafted frozen options like boozy frozen Irish Coffee, whipped up in an edgy, Insta-worthy interior.

5. Lulo Fruit Frozen Margarita at Urbano 116

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Beneath buzzing neon signs, watch the world go by on lower King Street from Urbano 116’s open-air streetside counter as you enjoy a frozen margarita, accented with the essence of passionfruit and hibiscus, mango or the Latin American lulo fruit. Round out the experience with Oaxacan and Mexico City bites like pork tostada or plantain molotes. For a sweeter pairing, try the tres leches or an order of churros.

6. Piña Colada at Blackwall Hitch

Grab a crowd and toast summer evenings at Blackwall Hitch’s riverside lounge, sampling their range of frosty flavors. Take a tropical escape with the piña colada, or quench your thirst with a crisp, whiskey-spiked frozen lemonade.

7. Jalapeño Frozen Margarita at Don Taco

For a late-night option, head to King Street’s Don Taco, which serves up frozen flavors until closing time at 2 a.m. Invigorate your evening with their Jalapeño Frozen Margarita, ideally paired with their fresh guacamole, warm tortilla chips or pomegranate skirt steak tacos.

Once you’ve cooled off, explore what’s new along the King Street mile and experience Alexandria al fresco with more outdoor dining options.

Please remember to drink responsibly.

Header Images Credit: @eveningstarva, @urbano116and @volasdockside

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