The top 5 slushies (with booze) in Toronto
Slushies in Toronto are a thing. And, no, I'm not referring to the 7-Eleven kind. A true slushie should be served from a real slushie machine (rather than simply being a blender-made frozen cocktail), though I've made a couple of exceptions here for drinks that appropriate the spirit of the slushie. Youthful and addicting, slushie cocktails are the most refreshing drink to be found during Toronto's famously muggy summers.
Here are a few Toronto spots to dash to when the humidex and temperature starts to climb.
One of the first things to notice at this Haitian spot on Dundas West is the whirling slushie machine behind the bar. Containing a choice of either daiquiri ($7) or Piña Colada ($8), the drinks are served in coupe-style cocktail glasses, and offer probably the best value combination of price and quality anywhere on this list.
$12 at Momofuku Noodle Bar gets you either of the sake-based 'Seven Spice Sour' or Cherry slushies. The former being made with sake, togarashi chili pepper, yuzu, and lime, while the latter is composed of sake, cherry, lime, and anise. The cherry is a personal favourite, but both are complex, and by far the most refined of the slushies - a far cry from the sugary types you might grab at a 7-11.
Home of the Brave
Alongside house creations and America classics, this King West restaurant serves up a frozen Last Word (gin, maraschino, Chartreuse and lime), as well as a delightfully trashy frozen Long Island Iced Tea. Both are $10 and have quite a kick.
Toronto's best line dancing / mechanical bull venue west of the DVP offers a ridiculously oversized slushie margarita, with prices dependent on the tequila in use. That's all well and good, but The Bulldog ($16.50) takes said slushie and stuffs an upside-down bottle of Corona in the top, with the beer slowly seeping into the drink as you sip. It's hard not to look a little silly with one in hand, but at Rock'n'Horse, that's kind of the point.
This Bloorcourt vegan-friendly hotspot serves up to ten flavours of slushie in the summer, including lemonade, banana, strawberry, and watermelon. For $6.75, you can jazz them up with some booze. With free pinball and foosball, you can imagine you're a kid at the arcade again.
Where did I miss? Add your favourite Toronto spot to get a slushie cocktail in the comments.
Photo of Rock'n'Horse Saloon by Jesse Milns.