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12 Delicious Freezer Door Cocktails to Make Ahead of Your Next Event

June 02, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet

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If you love effortless entertaining ideas, you might have heard of freezer door cocktails by now. We’re loving this spin on classic batched cocktails for summer, the holidays, and other times of the year when gatherings are plentiful. Because let’s be honest, hosting friends and family is a lot less overwhelming when you have a fun, ready-to-clink option hiding out in the freezer door. So, let’s take a look at this viral TikTok trend and how you can apply it at home. 

What is a Freezer Door Cocktail?  

Two Banana Old Fashioned cocktails on a table in a minimalist home kitchen in daytime

If the term is brand-new to you, a freezer door cocktail is an all-in-one pre-mixed drink that is mixed right in the liquor bottle. The great thing about this method of batching cocktails is that it can be whipped up ahead of time and left in the freezer until your guests arrive. You should be able to pour six to eight servings of your favourite cocktail from one bottle, which makes it ideal for party cocktails 

This genius idea has kind of been free-floating in the food and drinks zeitgeist since the early 2000s but has really made a splash on TikTok lately thanks to the now-viral how-to videos of J.M. Hirsch, who posts under the handle of @177milkstreet. 

Read next: 25 Creative Cocktail Party Menu Ideas  

The Key to Making Perfect Freezer Door Cocktails  

Close up of a home mixologist pouring a Freezer Door Cocktail from a bottle of liquor into a tumbler on a kitchen surface filled with cocktail-making essentials

Before you try your hand at freezer door cocktails recipes for your next outdoor cocktail party or surprise birthday party, there are a few things you need to bear in mind.  

Similar to the scientific precision involved in baking, achieving the perfect chilled state for mixed drinks in the freezer requires a thoughtful approach. According to Hirsch, it’s crucial to find the delicate equilibrium between preventing freezing and maintaining a refreshing chill.  

Most liquors, like vodka, gin, and tequila, tend to freeze at approximately -9°C. However, when incorporating sweeteners or watery elements like juice, the freezing point is elevated, inching closer to the common -18°C setting of home freezers. Striking that balance becomes essential to avoid the undesirable outcome of a frozen or slushy cocktail. 

Here are a few more tips from The Mixer UK team:  

  • Use high-proof liquor. This will help to prevent the cocktail from freezing solid. 
  • Decant the liquor you pour off into a spare bottle or decanter to use in other cocktails. 
  • Use fresh ingredients. This will give your cocktail the best flavour. 
  • Don’t under-fill the bottle or container. This will leave too much room for air, which can cause the cocktail to freeze solid. 
  • Stir or shake the cocktail before serving. This will help to distribute the ingredients evenly and prevent the cocktail from becoming too slushy. 

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1. Freezer Door Old Fashioned   

Top view of rich Old Fashioned Cocktails with Orange peel garnish

Our go-to Old Fashioned recipe gets an ABV upgrade with this pre-Prohibition take on the classic, but it yields a stylish sipper nonetheless:  

  • Pour off 60ml from a bottle of Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon 
  • Add 30ml sugar syrup 
  • Add a few generous shakes of bitters (half a teaspoon) 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer  
  • Pour over fresh ice and serve when you are ready 

2. Freezer Door Manhattan  

Front view of Manhattan Cocktails garnished with fresh cherries

To make the freezer door version of a Manhattan 

  • Pour off 135ml of Wild Turkey Rye 101 
  • Add 115ml Cinzano Vermouth Rosso 
  • Add 15ml of Maraschino cherry syrup 
  • Finish it off with a generous dash of bitters 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer  
  • Pour over fresh ice, garnish with a Maraschino cherry, and serve  

3. Freezer Door Espresso Martini

Front view of three decadent Espresso Martini cocktails served with sweet and savory snacks

A typical Espresso Martini would be made with freshly brewed, cooled espresso, but that would cause the drink to freeze solid, so J.M. Hirsch recommends using instant espresso powder instead. Here’s his easy freezer door Espresso Martini recipe:  

  • Pour off 300ml of a bottle of SKYY Vodka 
  • Add 3.5 tablespoons of instant espresso powder 
  • Add 270ml coffee liqueur 
  • Add 30ml water 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer 
  • Pour over fresh ice and serve when you are ready 

4. Freezer Door Negroni  

Negroni Cocktails

The spirit-forward Negroni is another cocktail that works exceptionally well in a freezer door. Here’s the recipe:  

  • Pour off 480ml from a bottle of Bulldog Gin 
  • Add 210ml Campari 
  • Add 210ml Cinzano Vermouth Rosso 
  • Add a few drops of orange bitters 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer  
  • Pour into chilled glasses, garnish with an orange twist, and serve when you are ready 

5. Freezer Door Martini  

Gin Martini garnished with olives

Love serving a classic Gin Martini, but not keen to play bartender all night long? Here’s the easy ready-to-pour version to keep in the freezer:  

  • Pour off 330ml from a bottle of Bulldog Gin 
  • Add 210ml Cinzano Vermouth Bianco 
  • Add 120ml water 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer  
  • Pour into chilled glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve when you are ready   

6. Freezer Door Margarita  

Two Grand Margarita Cocktails with salt rims and lime wheel garnish

Ah, the festive Lime Margarita – no line-up of ready-to-drink party drinks would be complete without it. Here’s how you do:  

  • Pour off 300ml from a bottle of Espolòn Tequila Blanco 
  • Add 150ml fresh lime juice 
  • Add 120ml Grand Marnier orange liqueur Add 45ml agave syrup 
  • Add a pinch of salt or two 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer until guests arrive 
  • Pour it over fresh ice, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve 

More Margarita magic: What is the Best Margarita Recipe? 10 Ways to Make a Margarita

7. Freezer Door Cosmopolitan  

Front view of the best refreshing Cosmopolitan cocktails

The freezer door version of a Cosmopolitan is made using cranberry juice concentrate to keep it from freezing solid. Here is the recipe:  

  • Pour off 270ml from a bottle of SKYY Vodka 
  • Add 90ml of Grand Marnier orange liqueur (Add 60ml water 
  • Add 30ml of cranberry juice concentrate 
  • Add 10ml lime juice 
  • Add a few shakes of orange bitters 
  • Add 45ml sugar syrup 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer  
  • Pour over fresh ice and serve when you are ready 

8. Freezer Door Daiquiri  

Classic Lime Daiquiri in coupe glass garnished with lime

The Daiquiri is having a moment in the limelight, with the Lime Daiquiri, Banana Daiquiri, and Strawberry Daiquiri leading the pack. Here is a freezer door version of the Lime Daiquiri to enjoy in a flash.   

  • Pour off 210ml from a bottle of Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum 
  • Add 105ml fresh lime juice 
  • Add 60ml water 
  • Add 45ml sugar syrup 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer  
  • Pour over fresh ice and serve when you are ready 

9. Freezer Door Vesper Martini  

Vesper Martini with lemon peel garnish

To make a freezer door version of James Bond’s other favourite cocktail, the dapper Vesper Martini, do the following:  

  • Pour off 300ml from a bottle of Bulldog Gin 
  • Add 75ml SKYY Vodka 
  • Add 150ml Cinzano Vermouth Bianco 
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer  
  • Serve when you are ready, and add some ice if preferred 

10. Freezer Door Mint Julep

Refreshing Mint Julep Cocktails served in copper cups

The Mint Julep is a warm-weather classic that goes down a treat on sweltering summer days. Follow this recipe to make a freezer-door batch:

  • Pour off 120ml from a bottle of Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Add 90ml mint sugar syrup
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer
  • Fill a glass with a generous scoop of crushed ice, add 3-4 oz of the mixture, a few fresh mint leaves, and another scoop of crushed ice on top. Stir it, and enjoy!

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11. Freezer Door Gimlet

Refreshing vodka Gimlet in a coupe glass on a silver tray

The Gimlet is a classic cocktail that ventured off the deck of a ship to become a time-honoured clinker the world over. Here’s the recipe for the ready-to-pour version:

  • Pour off 300ml from a bottle of Bulldog Gin
  • Add 120ml fresh lime juice
  • Add 120ml of rich sugar syrup
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer
  • To make a Gimlet, pour 90ml of the freezer door cocktail into a chilled serving glass, add a lime wedge, and serve

12. Freezer Door Dirty Martini

Close up of a man wearing a flannel shirt holding a tray with three Dirty Martini cocktails on it

If you like your Martini to come to the party with some savoury flair, the Dirty Martini is the one for you. Here’s a good recipe for a freezer-door batch:

  • Pour off 250ml from a bottle of SKYY Vodka
  • Add 75ml  Cinzano Vermouth Bianco
  • Add 135ml olive brine
  • Cap it, give it a good shake, and store it in the freezer
  • Pour 90 – 120ml into a chilled Martini glass, add a green olive or two, and serve!

Learn more: Best Gin for a Martini (Classic, Dry & Dirty)

There you have it—12 amazing cocktails that can be prepped to enjoy at the drop of a hat when company comes over. Tag us on Instagram to let us know which one you try first!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The freezer door cocktail is a relatively new invention. It is thought to have originated in the early 2000s, when people began to experiment with pre-mixing cocktails and storing them in the freezer. The first known mention of the freezer door cocktail was in a blog post from 2004. The post, titled "Freezer Door Cocktails: The Newest Trend in Cocktail Making". It has now been popularised by content creators like J.M. Hirsch, editorial director of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, who share their recipes on platforms like TikTok.

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