Probably the best part about this list of Seattle restaurants featuring frozen drinks and tall, cooling cocktails is that they all have great food and an interesting ambience. From basic to trendy, each establishment manages to feel familiar. Some are downright cozy, especially after a cocktail or two. Read on and cool down with these frozen drinks found at some of the top Seattle locales.
Featured Frozen Cocktails At The Bait Shop
606 Broadway E.
Seattle, WA 98102
Featured frozen cocktails at the lively and relatively inexpensive Bait Shop include the Painkiller with rum and tropical juices ($2 off during happy hour) and the Bloodhound, which adds aperol to a Greyhound. The Bait Shop offers several other island cocktails, including Margaritas, Zombies, the Blue Hawaiian and a Lime Rickey highball enlivened with coconut. The Dark & Stormy is reputed to be the best of the best. All of these stimulating libations effectively wash down the casual menu fare of fish and chips, tacos and sandwiches.
Trendy Sake Slushes At TanakaSan
2121 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Eric Tanaka, longtime Executive Chef and Partner to Tom Douglas, skillfully melds his Los Angeles roots and Japanese heritage into this modern American Asian restaurant. The captivating food selections can be paired with reinterpreted American cocktails, Asian beer or Japanese sake, including deliciously inspired sake slushes, flavored with aperol and grapefruit or bourbon and mint. The first reminds us of the refreshing vodka and grapefruit Greyhound, and the second a bracing Mint Julep.
Caribbean Cocktails At Rumba
1112 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
A list of frozen cocktails just isn’t complete without a nod to the daiquiri. A favorite libation of author Ernest Hemingway and president John F. Kennedy, the classic version is a simple shake up with ice and served up: three parts rum, two parts lime juice and a splash of simple syrup. But the daiquiri may also be poured over crushed ice. Rumba offers both old school and new school daiquiri flavors, along with 250 rum selections and a menu of other Caribbean cocktail Tikis and Swizzles, along with empanadas, tacos, Jerk pork, the Cuban sandwich and more delicious choices.
Frothy Brandy Alexander At The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Best known for no-cover events featuring local and touring musicians in a wide range of styles and first-rate acoustics, The Royal Room also serves up classic cocktails with good food. For a frozen cocktail, Ray of The Royal Room suggested a couple of classics, either a grasshopper or a brandy alexander. Sans blender, the bartenders just shake them up with liberal ice: three parts brandy, two parts dark crème de cacao and two parts cream. Grate a little nutmeg on it for a classic finish. At home, you can throw it on the blender for a foamy adult milkshake.
Classic Stinger At The Zig Zag Café
1501 Western Ave., Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98101
Zig Zag Café is one of Seattle’s most venerable cocktail lounges. The restaurant is tucked behind Pike Place Market, below Western Avenue on the Pike Place Hillclimb (look for the pig under the southernmost pedestrian overpass and take the nearby stairs). Ben of Zig Zag suggested one of his favorite summer cocktails, a classic stinger combining cognac and white crème de menthe over crushed ice with a big sprig of fresh mint.
Carole Cancler is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.