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Frozen Spritz Summer

June 17, 2021

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

Frozen Spritz Summer

June 17, 2021

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

The Negroni isn’t the only Italian classic to meet the blender. From the Garibaldi to the Angelo Azzuro, here’s how to make your aperitivo even cooler.

The Negroni is not a great candidate for frozen incarnation—at least not on paper. When we imagine a frozen drink materializing at our side on a hot summer day, it likely arrives in the form of a Margarita, Piña Colada or Daiquiri (or a Miami Vice, if you’re feeling extra). What these drinks all have in common is the inclusion of juice or fruit—whether it’s citrus, pineapple or strawberries. 

The Negroni is a stirred drink built of 100 percent booze—it’s taboo to shake it, let alone freeze it. But during the Negroni’s march to ubiquity, it became a donut, a flavor of lip balm, ice cream, even pizza; it was dispensed from a fountain, frappéd, blended and turned into a popsicle. In the summer of 2016, the frozen Negroni seemed to dig in, finding friends in high and low places, and even earning “drink of summer” status. It eventually settled down and settled in alongside other popular variations on the drink, like the more buttoned-up White Negroni

Frozen Negroni
Recipe

Frozen Negroni

The original hits the deep freeze.

Negroni Frappe
Recipe

Negroni Frappé

Frappéd, refreshing and lower-proof than the classic.

Frozen Aperol Spritz
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Blended Aperol Spritz

An even more lighthearted take on an easy-going drink.

But as our thirst for all things red and bitter marched on, other drinks in the aperitivo canon vied for their turn in the spotlight, and they too have eventually found their way to the blender. By 2018, the frozen Aperol Spritz, another drink that, in its classic form, doesn’t exactly scream “freeze me,” seemed to edge out both frosé and the Negroni as aperitivo’s leading blender drink. It’s now served at craft cocktail bars like D.C.’s Columbia Room, upscale pizza joints like Mentone in Northern California and... The Cheesecake Factory. But the spritz, ham that it may be, might soon have to share the stage. In a summer like this one, where the blue drink has never felt more relevant, the oddball Angelo Azzurro may just have the edge. 

Frozen Sgroppino
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Frozen Sgroppino

Vodka meets lemon sorbet and prosecco.

Frozen Negroni Recipe
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Frozen Garibaldi

The Italian aperitivo was made for blending with ice.

Frozen Blue Angel
Recipe

Frozen Angelo Azzurro

The Blue Angel gets the frothy, frozen treatment.

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