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Posted at 6:15 PM ET, 07/17/2006

When I Say Freeze, Y'all Stop on a Dime

By Fritz Hahn

Yes, we know that all the government heat-advisory warnings tell you to skip alcohol because it leads to dehydration, but who doesn't want a nice cold drink when the temperature soars? And at this point, we'd suggest something frozen, because a bottle of Bud won't stay chilled very long.

Austin Grill's a very reliable destination, thanks to the redoubtable Swirlie, a red-and-white-layered mix of strawberry and lime margaritas that's as delicious as it sounds, and wins extra poins for a firm, Slurpee-like texture. (For an extra buck, bartenders add blue Curacao to make a more patriotic concoction.) We'll also recommend the straight-up strawberry version, as it's made with real strawberries.

Frozen margaritas are a draw at Cafe Citron, and at happy hour; a pitcher that serves five is $25. The plain version is fine, but the mango margarita is better.

On Capitol Hill, Union Pub has $14 pitchers of frozen margaritas on Thursday, and while the plain lime and mango versions won't knock you over with potency, they're a good deal. Tortilla Coast, located on the other side of the Hill, has two margarita-centric happy hours: All frozen drinks are $1 off from 5 to close on Fridays, meaning they start at $5, and pitchers are $15.95 from noon to 5 on Saturdays. As with Austin Grill, the swirled and strawberry versions are the way to go, but you can also top your drink with house sangria or, for a more interesting raspberry taste, Chambord.

Of course, choices around town go beyond tequila. Guapo's offers a frozen pina colada, and while that coconut-and-pineapple drink makes us think of leisure suits and "Three's Company," bartenders can whip up a drink called the Tropico that's half pina colada, half strawberry daquiri and tastes like one relaxing trip to the beach. (The frozen margaritas are also excellent, and at the Tenleytown location, the strawberry-and-lime version is artfully swirled into a large, handled glass mug.)

By Fritz Hahn  | July 17, 2006; 6:15 PM ET
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Acadiana's Tchoupitoulas daiquiri is frozen now (it wasn't the first time I ordered it) and nice n' refreshing. Rum, lime juice and simple syrup.

Posted by: Metrocurean | July 17, 2006 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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