Food & Drink

Best Frozen Drinks In Charlotte

June 25, 2014 8:00 AM

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Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy a frozen cocktail at one of Charlotte’s fabulous nightspots or restaurants. There are few things better than sitting back and sipping something icy and intoxicating. From margaritas to spiked shakes, Charlotte’s got a lot to choose from. Pick your neighborhood and your beverage and escape the summer heat.

Wet Willie’s
900 Seaboard St., C1
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 716-5650

When you walk into Wet Willie’s over by the NC Music Factory, the first thing you see is a wall of frozen drink dispensers churning colorful concoctions into frozen magnificence. There are more than a dozen options available, many of which can be combined and tweaked to your specifications. Start off with a White Russian. It’s got ice cream, the essence of homemade brewed coffee and is perfect on its own. If you are adventurous, mix it with Monkey Shine, a combination of fresh bananas and rum. Either way, it’s a great way to start off a hot summer night.

Vida Cantina
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 971-8432

Uptown and looking for a great frozen margarita ? Stop by Vida in the Epicentre and order the Strawberry Margarita. It’s icy and sweet with just a touch of tartness. Try ordering yours with sugar around the rim as a change from the usual salt. It brings out a different side of the tequila. Sip your cocktail at one of the outdoor tables so you can people watch. The iciness of your drink will eradicate the heat of summer.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
1626 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 714-4888

Aside from some of the best burgers in Charlotte, Bad Daddy’s offers a decadent specialty – the spiked milkshake. The shakes are made with premium ice cream and are dosed with booze. Try Almond Paradise – an amazing vanilla shake with shots of Bacardi Cocoa, Amaretto and Crème de Cocoa White. It’s like drinking a drunken Almond Joy. Savor the goodness and keep sipping.

Related: Best Margaritas In Charlotte

Cabo Fish Taco
3201 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 332-8868

You wouldn’t expect a fish taco joint to have unbelievable frozen margaritas, but up in NoDa’s art district, Cabo Fish Taco manages to surprise. It offers frozen margaritas that are far from ordinary. Try the Purple Haze – it’s sweeter and fruitier than the standard margarita. The sourness is replaced by an amazing mix of cranberry and pineapple juices merged with Jose Cuervo and Blue Curacao. Add icy slushiness and you can’t help but hear Jimi Hendrix celebrating in your head.

Cowbell Burger Bar
201 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(980) 224-8674

One of the South’s most infamous contributions to the culinary landscape is banana pudding. Cowbell takes that delicious delight and turns it into a frozen drunken dream. Crème de Banana, Meyers Rum, ripe bananas and Nilla wafers are added to a perfect vanilla shake and blended into a delightfully drinkable concoction. It’s a must try.

Related: Best Cajun Food In Charlotte

Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on

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