A frozen drink usually means that one is one vacation and is sitting on a beach enjoying the sun and hearing the waves crash against the shore. For South Florida natives, it can also mean that it’s 5 o’clock and one is meeting with friends at a local bar to enjoy the start of the weekend after a grueling week of rush hour traffic and work. Frozen drinks come in all colors because of the fruits added (strawberry puree, bananas, pineapple) and are made with different types of liquors, be it rum, vodka, wine, tequila, etc. A great frozen drink will enhance the festivities and be part of your senses in memory for the next week to hold you until the next time.

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Huahua’s Taqueria
1211 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-8226

A Mexican restaurant isn’t complete without a margarita. Huahua’s frozen margarita is made with agave wine which is different from a tequila-based margarita without taking away the tequila taste. A person who is daring could get the large serving for $9 or order a $6 regular serving and add on if one’s mood changes after the first one. Huahua’s has great Mexican food that will satisfy and its location on Lincoln Road will give the illusion you are at a seaside Mexican resort on a luxurious vacation.

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The Clevelander
1020 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-4006

An anchor on the Ocean Drive strip for many years, the Clevelander is the place to be for many natives and all tourists. A spacious outdoor layout gives wanderers and groups a chance to relax and drink such frozen specialties as the Raging Bull (Vodka & Red Bull), the Clevelander Colada (Bacardi Coco & Tropics colada mix) and others. Great music and the salty ocean air make for a wonderful night.

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Mango’s Tropical Cafe
900 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-4422

Down the street from the Clevelander is Mango’s Tropical Cafe, which is highlighted on television as a “hotspot location” whenever Miami is put on display for the rest of the nation. Happy hour groups, couples and tourists can watch electrifying shows while drinking frozen cocktails like the Mango Mambo, the Miami Vice Cocktail and Peaches & Berries, even a cup of chilled sangria.

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Bahia Cabana
3001 Harbor Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 524-1555

Sit next to the water at the Bahia Cabana Resort and drink its frozen specialties like the Caribbean Freeze, the Frozen Pink Lemonade and the Bahia Rita. Rum Runners and Pina Coladas are served two-for-one, seven days a week, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday so there are plenty of chances for professionals in the area to go and escape for awhile, pretending they are drinking a frozen drink at the bar while waiting for a pleasure cruise.

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Lulu’s Bait Shack
17 S. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 212
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 463-7425

Overlooking the coastline, Lulu’s has a festive New Orleans Cajun-themed atmosphere serving dishes like etouffee, jambalaya, alligator and catfish. There is live music that can be followed by the event calendar on the website and the frozen drinks (with souvenir glass) give any tourist or local a chance to take home a memory from their time there. Sit and watch the beach-goers below from the balcony or have a drink and take a dip on the beach if so inclined.

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Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.