When developing your drink menu, you are probably well aware of the classic mixed drinks containing cubed ice, but are you equally attentive to the variety of drinks that take advantage of crushed ice? From basic cocktails to frozen drinks, crushed ice can add an extra flare and diversity to your drink menu. It can also add individuality to your already popular drinks, or even create new favorites. Here are five popular crushed ice cocktails you may want to add to your existing drink menu.
Berries ‘N Cream Cocktail
This berries ‘n cream cocktail is a versatile frozen drink. Whatever your favorite fruit, you can adjust the recipe to suit your taste. Try substituting standard berries with unique flavors like kiwi or pomegranate.
- ½ oz spiced rum
- ¾ oz wild berry schnapps
- 3 oz of your favorite frozen daiquiri mix
- 2 tbs of your favorite berries or fruit
- 2 oz cream
- 16 oz crushed ice
Start by pouring all of the ingredients listed into a blender filled with the crushed ice. Blend until you reach desired consistency and serve in a large hurricane glass or multiple cocktail glasses. For that extra touch, garnish the drink with the appropriate fruit or berry.
Blue Polar Bear Cocktail
Looking for a unique shot recipe? This Blue Polar Bear recipe could be just the thing to liven up your gathering.
- 1 part vodka
- 1 part chilled peppermint schnapps
- 1 tsp of crushed ice
Start by shaking the peppermint schnapps and vodka together, mixing thoroughly. Next, drop in the crushed ice, shake again lightly, and pour into a shot glass. The crushed ice adds a nice chilled effect that works well with the cool peppermint aftertaste.
The Classic Whiskey Smash Cocktail
This classic American cocktail allows bartenders to develop individuality within the recipe, so you are welcome to stray from the following when looking to find your taste:
- 2 oz bourbon whiskey
- 1 oz simple syrup
- ¼ lemon, sliced into 2-4 pieces
- 3-4 sprigs of spearmint
Start by adding the mint and lemon together in a mixing glass. Use a muddler to combine the two and release the juices and oils. Next, add the syrup and whiskey. Follow this up by adding ice and shaking for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with crushed ice.
Usually served with cubed ice, a Scotch Mist can also be enjoyed on crushed ice. Try this simple recipe:
- 2 oz Dewar’s or other scotch whiskey
- Crushed ice
- 1 twist lemon peel
Simply fill a rocks glass with crushed ice, pour in scotch, and add a twist of lemon peel.
Butter Cream Cocktail Recipe
For those Bailey’s Irish Cream fans, this recipe may suit your fancy.
- 1 part butterscotch schnapps
- 1 part Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 2 parts milk
- 1 part crushed ice
Mix the schnapps with Bailey’s, pour milk over mixture, add crushed ice, let sit for one minute, and serve in a cocktail glass.