10 Overdone Mixed Drinks (Frozen, Alcoholic, or NA) at the 2022 NY State Fair

Whether you’re thrilled with rides on the Midway, strolling Restaurant Row, or watching live calf births, a day at the New York State Fair can certainly make you thirsty.

We visited the fairgrounds in search of these cool and refreshing dips that will make your day at the fair complete. We found frozen drinks, more traditional frozen cocktails, and even a few non-alcoholic ones.

We skipped the beer and wine slushes, though they are a regular part of any state fair. For this list, we focused on those that featured a bit of mixology.

The 1911 Melonvodka Mermaid / Beak & Skiff at the NYS Fair (Don Cazentre)

Mermaid Melonvodka

Seller: 1911 Workbench / Beak and Skiff

Where: In a tent between the horticulture building and the east entrance to The Eatery.

How much: $15

Why it’s great: Visually appealing and definitely the most fun drink at the fair. A candy straw? Rock candy? Gummy fish? It is a very memorable drink and one that you cannot find anywhere else. Beak and Skiff Honey Melon Vodka and Lemonade provide refreshing relief from the summer heat.

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Enjoying an I Got Vaxxed drink from the Monnshine Slush Saloon at the New York State Fair. (Emily Leiker)

I got vaxxed

Seller: New York State Distillery / Moonshine Slush Saloon

Where: Between The Eatery and the east end of the Midway (near Villa Pizze Fritte)

How much: $13

Why it’s great: If you are looking for a strong drink, this is it. And, hey, the alcohol boost comes in a syringe! Frozen porridge any flavor you want with an extra syringe of bootleg liquor. The fairground was once a Covid vaccination site – now you can get a different type of vaccine, and it still comes with a cute sticker.

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The Frozen Miami Vice from the Coco Bongos booth at the New York State Fair. (Don Cazentre)

Miami Frozen Vice

Seller: Coco Bongos

Where: East of Restaurant Row, across from the Dairy Products Building.

How much: $13 for a 24 ounce; $10 for a 14 oz.

Why it’s great: First of all, the booth has a rooftop tiki bar! As for the drink, it’s a free trip to Key West, or maybe even Bourbon Street. This fruity mix of pina colada and strawberry, boosted by two shots of 21 White Rum, is the perfect refreshment when sweat is building up in your rowdy Hawaiian shirt. If there was a swim-up bar at the State Fair, this would be its signature drink.

Garbanzo ice cream parlor at Munjed

The Garbanzo ice cream parlor at Munjed’s Mediterranean in the Eatery building.Marnie Eisenstadt

Garbanzo Glacier

Seller: Munjeds Middle Eastern Coffee

Where: The Eatery (the old International building)

How much: $6

Why it’s great: OK, let’s be honest. A hummus shake (or hommus as they spell it here) may not sound as appetizing to some people. But a sip told a different story. It was a savory (non-alcoholic) treat with chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), banana, tahini nut, and dates, which provided the sweetness. It was topped with dairy free whipped cream and cinnamon. Also, there is no trace of garlic. Big yum!

Cocktail team

The Dirty Hog Wine slushy comes with a piece of chocolate-covered bacon. (Rylee Kirk | [email protected])

The dirty pig

Seller: Ashley Lynn Winery

Where: Colonnade Wine Court

How much: $16

Why it’s great: This concoction screamed boldness. It’s a wine shake, which mixes chocolate syrup, caramel syrup and apple wine. Then it’s topped with a huge slice of chocolate-covered bacon. You may have tried this bacon at Bacon-Fest, but the shake is out of this world.

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The Volcano, an alcohol-free tropical ice rink at the Tropical Delight booth at the NYS Fair. (Emily Leiker)

The volcano

Seller: Tropical delights

Where: Broadway (facing Midway)

How much: $16

Why it’s great: This offered a fruity, seaside break from booze. It’s a real pineapple that’s been sliced ​​up and filled with a strawberry/pina colada slush. Sturdy topped with four pineapple wedges. Many other varieties are on the menu, including strawberry lemonade and pina colada/peach. You’ll be the envy of everyone as you cruise down the Midway with this drink in hand.

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Drinking a loaded Bloody Mary at Daniella’s at the NYS Fair. (Rylee Kirk)

loaded bloody mary

Seller: Daniella is at the fair

Where: At the southeast corner of the fairground (the old Empire room)

Article: loaded bloody mary

Cost: $16 loaded, $12 regular

Why it’s great: If you want to start your NYS Fair drinking experience early, Daniella’s Loaded Bloody Mary is a great first drink. It’s basically a meal and a drink in one, with two skewers full of sausage, a salty potato, shrimp, pepperoncini, a cube of New York cheddar, olives, bacon, celery, and a pickle. . The prawns were nice and thick, and the bacon was coated in sticky, sweet goodness. Made with Ryze vodka from Lock 1 Distillery in Phoenix, Oswego County, and Daniella’s House Blend Bloody Mary is like cold, tangy tomato soup in your mouth.

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The Sunburn cocktail from The Shamrock stand at the NYS Fair. (Don Cazentre)


Seller: The Clover

Where: On Broadway, near the Expo Center and facing the Midway

How much: $7.50

Why it’s great: Want a little fire with your drink? You’ll like this one, which blends Lock 1 Distillery’s Inferno whiskey (think Fireball) with orange juice and cranberry. It’s also served over ice, not frozen like most of the State Fair’s signature drinks. A little fire and ice never hurts the state fairgrounds.

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Enjoying an (enriched) iced hot chocolate at Tommy C’s booth at the NYS Fair.

Iced hot chocolate (enriched or not)

Seller: Charlie is at the fair

How much: $6

Why it’s great: It’s a drink you can gulp down quickly and then back off for a few seconds if you want to get buzzed fast. While some might think twice about indulging in a candy cane drink during scorching summer days, it’s the perfect blend of classic Christmas flavor and cold chocolate milk (from Byrne Dairy).

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Drinking a frozen Arnold Palmer at Horan’s on Restaurant Row the NYS Fair (Rylee Kirk)

Frozen Arnold Palmer

Seller: Horan is at the fair

Where: In the middle of Restaurant Row

How much: $8

Why it’s great: This is a good standard alcoholic slushie for anyone looking for a refreshing drink. Although it is made with 21 Premium vodka, it does not taste too alcoholic. In fact, the Arnold Palmer (tea and lemonade) flavor isn’t overpowering either, making for a perfectly blended and easy-to-sip afternoon cocktail.

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Daniella’s Boozy Root Beer Float at the New York State Fair. (Don Cazentre)

Alcoholic root beer float

Seller: Daniella is at the fair

Where: At the southeast corner of the fairground (the old Empire room)

How much: $14

Why it’s great: It is soft. It’s root beer-y. Make that root, root, beer-y root. And it’s boozy, with Lock 1 Distillery’s Ryze Vodka and ExCuse Coconut Liqueur (as well as Saranac’s non-alcoholic root beer in Utica. Top it with whipped cream, sprinkles and gummies). root beer, and so decadent, you won’t need dessert.

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