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12 easy blended cocktails you can whizz up in minutes

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If summer’s got you sweating and in need of a serious refresher, then blended cocktails need to be top of your agenda. You can add an iced twist to most recipes, from your favourite whisky smash to those beachside fruity flavours. But if you’re in need of some inspiration, read on.

We’ve put a frozen spin on our most popular drinks in this rundown of the best blended cocktails. So grab the blender, chuck in some ice and get the music pumping because these frozen recipes are chillingly good. Definitely worth the brain freeze.

How to blend cocktails at home

There’s no wrong way to whizz up a blended cocktail. But if you want to make a drink that’s perfectly smooth and deliciously flavoured, here are some tips we’ve learnt along the way.

First up you’re going to want to add about twice as much ice as liquid, starting off with any softer ingredients like berries and fruits at the bottom. This will make sure you get that silky slushie texture. 

You don’t want to get too heavy handed. Pulse for a few seconds at a time to crush up large ice cubes before going for a longer blend. Add a dash of juice or water if things get too solid or your blender sticks. And don’t forget to taste test until it’s to your liking.

Last thing – don’t add too much at once. Doing so will almost guarantee a cocktail explosion. So get in line and wait your turn (or get your mates to bring their blender).

Whisky Milkshake

This whisky ice cream cocktail might be called a Shake but it’s actually all about the blend. Whizz together vanilla ice cream, liquid chocolate and Ballantine’s Finest whisky with ice and milk until you get a smooth and creamy pour. Then it’s time for toppings. We love extra cream, extra chocolate and tons of marshmallows – but you can’t go wrong with whatever takes your fancy. Add popcorn, cookies or an entire donut. It’s the ultimate dessert cocktail for over 18s.

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Whisky Milkshake

Rich and creamy with a kick. If you can’t decide between dessert or whisky, this shake is for you. Strictly for over 18’s.

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Whisky Piña

Fruity and sweet but with a kick. Just how we like it. Say hello to the Ballantine’s Pia.


Ballantine’s Piña

If you like getting caught in the rain, sunshine or storm, you’ll love the Ballantine’s Piña. This whisky and pineapple cocktail is inspired by the classic Piña Colada, but this time we’ve added an extra kick.

A dash of chilli syrup mixed with the pineapple juice and whisky makes this fruity cocktail super punchy. Blend with ice for a frozen version that’ll keep you cool all summer long.

Iced Sweet Tea

If you like Iced Tea, you’ll love this blended version of our Iced Tea cocktail. It’s sweet, refreshing and guaranteed to please a crowd on those roasting sunny afternoons.

Make enough for guests by blending unsweetened tea with scotch whisky, soda water, sugar, lemon juice and ice. Perfect for BBQ season, spring season or whenever the time for tea calls.

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Iced Sweet Tea

This sweet and refreshing pick-me-up is guaranteed to make you MVP of the BBQ. If it doesn’t rain, that is.


Coconut Highball Slushie

Sweep yourself away to palm fringed shores with a sip of this Coconut Highball. The combination of scotch whisky, sweet rum and coconut water is seriously sophisticated yet only takes seconds to make.

Add the ingredients to your blender and blitz with ice for a smooth, silky finish. The coconut will add a creamy texture to the sweetened spirits that’ll be love at first sip.

Iced Green Tea

You’ve heard of iced sweet tea but have you heard of iced green tea? This fresh, delicious drink is cooler than cool, the perfect summer serve for waking up the night. 

Swap soda water for ice and blitz with lemon, green tea and whisky in this frozen twist. You can’t get more refreshing than this.

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Iced Green Tea

Let’s take a walk on the green side. This simple yet delicious cocktail will wake up the night in style.

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Bloodshot Eye

A complex and zesty top shelf cocktail coming straight from Moxxi’s Bar for all you Vault Hunters out there


Blended Blood Shot Eye

Swap your iced latte for this frozen scotch and coffee cocktail, guaranteed to keep you energised all summer season. This high energy drink combines cold brew coffee with Ballantine’s Moxxi’s Bar Edition to beast you through those sweltering afternoons. One sugar or two, the choice is yours. Sweeten to your taste and blend with ice for a brain freezing caffeine fix.


Combine your favourite apple cider and your favourite scotch with this Apple Cider Slushie. Ballantine’s Finest whisky is blended with tart lemon juice, sugar syrup, fruity apple cider and lots of ice for a sweet and flavourful frozen whisky cocktail. Guaranteed to quell your thirst during that evening golden hour.


One thing you definitely want a blended whisky cocktail to be is super fresh, and the frozen version of our Hugo Spritz certainly is.

A classic Hugo Spritz cocktail is given a contemporary twist with the addition of Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel Whisky and lots of blended ice.The elderflower flavour within the St Germain liqueur make this blended whisky drink light, summer-y and delicious to drink.

Mango Lassi Slushie

If you’ve never tried a classic Mango Lassi then you’re in for an epic surprise. Our spin on the Indian mocktail is so delicious it’s guaranteed to become your drink of the season. And it’s almost too easy to make.

Blend together mango juice, lime and Ballantine’s Finest with ice to create a Mango Lassi cocktail that’s better than your favourite milkshake. Add a sprig of mint and voila! You’ve just created your new go-to summer order.

Frozen Kentucky Mule

The Mule is the ultimate summer drink. The mix of ginger, lime and smooth scotch whisky are a seriously refreshing combination. And we can’t think of a better way to shake it up… unless we blend it…

A classic Kentucky Mule is poured over a generous glass of crushed ice. But if you’re feeling those slushie vibes there’s nothing stopping you from blending it all together. Pour it all in, give it a whizz and garnish with mint. Hello summer.

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Kentucky Mule

Simple and refreshing. This zingy Kentucky Mule recipe is soon to be your new go-to, but don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself!



A frozen Irn Bru cocktail is a simple blended whisky drink that gives you a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to flavour and level of refreshment.

Just blend Ballantine’s Finest scotch with lemon juice, sugar syrup, Irn Bru and ice for a lovely bubbly Irn Bru Cocktail Slushie that cries out to be sipped in the sunshine.


Sometimes you need to indulge in something seriously decadent, and that’s where our Boozy Chocolate Milkshake comes in.

It’s the perfect blended whisky cocktail recipe for chocolate lovers, made from Ballantine’s Finest, chocolate ice cream, milk chocolate and whipped cream… and a chocolate sprinkle topping if you fancy it. The ultimate boozy dessert that is sure to go down a treat at your next get-together.

Find more whisky cocktails to serve this summer with Ballantine’s. From the best BBQ cocktails to the tastiest fruity drinks, we’ve got everything you’ll need to stay hydrated this season.

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