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Where To Pick Up A Frozen Cocktail And Ponder The Concept Of Summer

19 spots to get a to-go piña colada, frozen margarita, or daiquiri.

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Why do drinks taste better after they’re blended with ice? Is it because they’re showy with lots of flair, like the David Bowie of alcoholic beverages? What exactly happens to your body during a brain freeze? Does summer miss us too? Hello. We’re the Infatuation NYC, and today we’ll be answering exactly none of those questions. Instead, we’re here to help you find a strawberry daquiri, so you can live some semblance of a socially-distanced summer life. There has never been a better time to enjoy what’s essentially a child’s drink for people over the age of 21. Go get ’em.

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Donna

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$$$$ 27 Broadway

Like Captain Jack Sparrow’s bloodstream, Donna is highly committed to rum. If you’re near Williamsburg and want to drink a frozen Brancolada, you can order pick-up or delivery through their website here. Also - Donna has 25 cent bags of tortilla chips available, and we can’t think of one good reason not to order a few.

Noah Devereaux

Empellón Al Pastor

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$$$$ 132 St. Marks Place

We’re going to go out on a limb and say that you’ve probably spent at least one merry night drinking margaritas and eating tacos at Empellon Al Pastor in the East Village. We can’t bring you back to that night (we’d really love to, we promise), but we can suggest you go pick up a frozen mezcal piña colada from their spot on St. Marks. If you just want to order some tacos, you can go online for delivery - but they’re only serving frozen cocktails for pick-up right now.

El Jeffe - Modern Mexican Grill

$$$$ 1483 Fulton St

Even if you take pride in making cocktails at home (by the way, we can teach you how), you’re probably not whipping up Hennessy slushies with any sort of frequency. Treat yourself by going to pick one up from El Jeffe’s Bed-Stuy and PLG locations. Both spots are open every day, and both spots have that Hennessy slushie available for takeout only. You can keep track of their updates on their Instagram page here.

Yatenga

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French  in  Harlem
$$$$ 2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd

If you’re in Harlem without a blender, take comfort in knowing this French and American all-day spot near 135th Street has frozen piña coladas and margaritas available for takeout and delivery. You can call 212-690-0699 or order online between 12:30pm and 9:30pm every day. Also worth noting, Yatenga designed their own downloadable coloring book page, so you’ll have a built-in activity while you drink on your fire escape.

Broken Land

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$$$$ 105 Franklin St

Three pieces of good news: Broken Land in Greenpoint has a to-go window set up, they’re selling frozen aperol spritzes and frozen piña coladas every day until 8pm, and there’s a framed photograph of Dr. Anthony Fauci sitting next to the window. You can find out more about pre-ordering or schedule one for a friend who lives in Greenpoint on their website here.

Noah Devereaux

Connolly's

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$$$$ 155 Beach 95th St

Getting a brain freeze at Connolly’s in Rockaway Beach is one of the great New York pleasures. And, if you’re socially distancing in the area, you can still enjoy that feeling. Connolly’s now has a takeout window with frozen piña coladas and beer. They’re open from noon to sunset, starting Friday May 22nd. Check their Facebook page here for more details and updates.

Black Emperor

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Bar  in  East Village
$$$$ 197 2nd Ave

Ruffian and Black Emperor recently opened a joint takeout and delivery operation in the East Village with things like smash burgers, tots, and frozen Deer Hunter cocktails. You can check out their menu on their website here. Just know that they’re currently only open on weekends until 7pm, and you can find updates on their Instagram page here.

Noah Devereaux

The Commodore

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$$$$ 366 Metropolitian Ave.

We typically associate The Commodore in Williamsburg with late-night fried chicken and meeting strangers we eventually forget existed to begin with. But now you can order a frozen cocktail and a fried chicken sandwich right to your apartment from noon to 11pm every day. The Commodore also has a take-out window set up for you to check out while you’re walking your dog. Once you get a little tipsy and pretend your sofa cushion is a relatively square-shaped stranger, it’ll essentially be the same experience as the bar (perhaps even better). Check out their Instagram page here for more details.

Skinny's Cantina

$$$$ 4705 Center Blvd

This LIC Mexican spot is located right next to the water, so when you come to collect your takeout frozen margaritas, make sure to close your eyes, listen to the lapping East River, and think about all the oblivious bluefish living their best lives. Is this your version of vacation now? Perhaps. In case you want to avoid the bluefish, you can always call 718-729-8300 to order delivery as well.

Blend Astoria

$$$$ 37-17 30th Ave

Much like the Old Navy tank tops you used to wear to day camp, all of the bottled frozen drinks at Blend in Astoria come in sizes small, medium, or large. So you can take distinct pleasure in saying, “I’ll have a large strawberry daiquiri,” or mix and match a few smaller ones to create your very own daiquiri flight. Why not? You have nothing else to do today. To order, call 718-606-6383 or head to their website here.

Playa Betty's

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$$$$ 320 Amsterdam Ave

We’d like to remind everyone that this is the first time in all of human history that you can conjure a pitcher of frozen palomas to your doorstep with just a few quick taps. Back in the day, that would have sounded like witchcraft and might have caused a burning-at-the-stake situation. So order some frozen drinks from Playa Betty’s on the UWS and call yourself Sabrina the +21 witch.

Bronx Drafthouse

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Bar Food  in  Bronx
$$$$ 884 Gerard Ave

Maybe you’re not typically a frozen cocktail drinker. And maybe you feel better knowing that the Bronx Drafthouse isn’t typically a frozen cocktail spot. The lesson here is that we all have our wild sides. You can call 929-265-9759 or go online to place your takeout order for frozen passion fruit margaritas.

Noah Devereaux

Diamond Reef

$$$$ 1057 Atlantic Ave

Diamond Reef in Bed-Stuy has large format frozen cocktails like the “Penichillin” and “Spicy Canary” for delivery and takeout service on Wednesday through Sunday. They’re prepared to bring you a massive frozen cocktail anywhere in Brooklyn, lower Manhattan, and western Queens - just be aware that they’re only offering delivery for orders over $75. You can schedule your order and check out all of their Quarantine Canteen options here.

Queens Bully

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BBQ  in  Forest Hills
$$$$ 113-30 Queens Blvd

Your friend’s summer picnic birthday party may have gotten cancelled, but you can still simulate a summer picnic in the Forest Hills area by ordering barbecue and a frozen painkiller from Queens Bully. They’re offering takeout and delivery every day from 1pm to 9pm through a few different online platforms or over the phone at 718-520-8600.

Güeros

$$$$ 605 Prospect Pl

It’s possible you’re unable to separate your urgent desire for a frozen margarita and your urgent desire for nachos. If you’re in the Crown Heights or Park Slope area, then ordering takeout or delivery from either Gueros location will satisfy both needs. You can look at their menu and place your order online.

Zombie Hut

$$$$ 273 Smith St

Zombie Hut in Carroll Gardens recently started offering frozen zombie cocktails for pick up every weekday between 2pm and 8pm, and 1pm and 8pm on weekends. They’re only available for takeout, so maybe plan on getting two. One for the walk back to your apartment, and one for the stoop.

Noah Devereaux

Sally Roots

$$$$
$$$$ 195 Wyckoff Ave

Your tropical vacation was canceled, and the closest thing you have to a beach is the pile of dirty construction sand that’s been sitting on your street for three months. If you’re in Bushwick, stop by Sally Roots to pick up a to-go cocktail from their frozen drink machines. They also have specials and updates on their Instagram here, so make sure to check it out beforehand.

Tacuba Mexican Cantina

$$$$ 35-01 36th St

Tacuba in Astoria is serving 16oz frozen margaritas for $10 and 32oz ones for $20. These come in lime, mango, strawberry, and tamarind - and we absolutely will not tell anyone that you’re going to order them all and line them up in your freezer in rainbow order. You can check out Tacuba’s menu and place your order directly through their website here. Head’s up: Tacuba’s Hell’s Kitchen isn’t serving frozen cocktails at this time (but you can still order Mexican food for takeout and delivery through their website).

La Palapa

$$$$ 77 Saint Marks Pl

When you order a 16oz frozen lime margarita from La Palapa in the East Village, you’re required to also order some food. Among other reasons, this is partly because La Palapa is looking out for your stomach, just as a friend would. Good thing they have a bunch of good-looking taco platters for takeout and delivery as well. You can check out their menu and place your order online.

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