Wacky Daiquiris of the Gulf

Leave the blending to the pros

Illustrated by Anna Simmons

The Gulf’s most iconic frozen cocktail, the Bushwacker, was first blended at The Sandshaker in Pensacola Beach, Florida, in 1975. With ingredients that include ice cream, coffee liqueur, and eighty-proof rum, it’s a dangerously delicious treat. Today, you’ll find other beach bars shaking things up along the Gulf. Island Time in Bradenton Beach, Florida, is famed for its banana daiquiri made with a frozen banana, rum, and a splash of lime juice. At Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar in Sarasota, Florida, the lengthy menu of frozen libations includes the Kryptonite: a frozen electric lemonade concoction topped with grain alcohol. And in Orange Beach, Alabama, Island Time Daiquiris serves thirsty customers the Orange Beach Attitude: Everclear, whipped-cream vodka, and orange flavoring. It’s kind of like an orange cream ice pop—with a serious kick.