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Sluice down those sweaty britches this summer with delicious icy drinks

Los Barbudos

Not only does Los Barbudos make refreshing drinks designed for a hot, hot Cuban climate, if you ask nicely, they’ll slushify them for you. Any drink that can be, will be put in a blender here, be it a Piña Colada or a fresh pineapple daiquiri. Fitzroy.


Speaking of drinks built for burny lands, Mexican funhouse Mamasita has salt-rimmed Palomas flowing out of their faucets. The sweet-sour highball of fizzed up grapefruit juice and tequila is on tap here. Melbourne.


You can also get that Paloma at Goldilocks where it comes with the added perk of an AstroTurfed rooftop deck which has seats lining the perimeter providing uninterrupted views of the whole CBD. Melbourne.

The Merrywell

We all know that milk on a hot day is a bad choice, but icy booze desserts are just smart. Over at the Merrywell Burger Bar, you can get a Root Beer float made with America’s favourite medicinal soda, ice cream and a shot of vodka, and even a real beer spider: espresso ice cream frothed up by 4 Pines stout. Southbank.

Big Huey's Diner

In other icy fun, Big Huey’s Diner has just quietly opened and they're serving the likes of frozen raspberry Tommy’s Margaritas from slushie machines – game on, Taco Bill. South Melbourne.

Bar Di Stasio

Aperitif fans, give your gin, vermouth and Campari Negroni a sprightly kick in the crotch, and get it topped up with Prosecco, Sbagliato-styles. That’s Italian for ‘incorrect’ and they do ’em at Bar Di Stasio, where you can also use the marble bar to chill your face and the windows to appreciate the third degree sunburns on British backpackers. St Kilda.


No-one knows cooling alcohol like the Spaniards. Head to Bomba’s lantern-slung rooftop where icy tumblers of dry and floral Lillet Blanco vermouth come impaled with little orange and olive spears. It's the freshest pre-dinner launchpad going. Melbourne.

Ombra Bar

We’re gigantic fans of sitting streetside outside Ombra with our hands wrapped around dewy glasses of Lambrusco. Nothing says quintessential summer cool like fizzy red wine your parents loved in the ’80s. Melbourne.

Village Brasserie

Beer fans, you're already pretty sorted, but take your mouth to sour town. Lindeman’s Kriek is a cherry beer that’s tart, tangy and dry as a bone. It’s like sour candy, only drinkable. And boozy. Try it at the Village Melbourne. Melbourne.

Updated on 24 Mar 2015.

By Gemima Cody   |  

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