4 Christmas Whiskey Cocktails for the Holiday Season

For many of us, Christmas is a magical time filled with just as many wintertime festivities as there are presents under the tree. Whether you’re lacing up your skates for a twilight spin around the ice rink, taking Christmas card photos with the family, building a scarf-clad snowman in your front yard, or winding down by the fireside, you can gift yourself with a festive whiskey cocktail to usher in the season in style.

And the slushy goodness of our whiskey-infused SLIQ alcohol ice pops are the perfect addition to any snow day—that’s why this Christmas list is all about our favorite holiday whiskey cocktails.

Don’t celebrate Christmas? Of course, that doesn’t have to stop you from making these cocktails, but if you enjoy other festive holidays, consider our recipes for Hanukkah cocktails. Or, if someone in your life is not a big whiskey drinker, you can present them with a chilly winter vodka cocktail.

(Remember, two SLIQ Spirited Ice pops contain the equivalent amount of alcohol to a typical cocktail. But if you really want to make it onto the naughty list, you can go as high as four pops per serving.)

#1 Mulled Pear & Ginger Brew

Mulled wine is a popular staple of the holiday season, but we think we could kick it up a notch. This mulled, wine-inspired pear and ginger brew holiday cocktail elicits memories of gingerbread houses, gourmet fruit baskets, and the warmth of a fireplace.

This Christmas cocktail, inspired by chef Jamie Oliver, is wrapped in a bow for all to enjoy:1 

  • 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Apple Pops (per serving)
  • 2 liters cloudy apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 thumb-sized ginger pieces, sliced
  • 2 ripe pears, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested

Add all the ingredients, except for your SLIQ Spirited Ice Pops, into a large saucepan, then bring the mixture to a boil. Once your apple-pear brew is bubbling, reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. The longer you let this concoction simmer, the more all those delicious holiday spices absorb. 

Finally, pour your two SLIQ   Whiskey Apple Pops into a mug and scoop in a generous serving of your warm liquid. 

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#2 Spiced Orange Whiskey Sour

Craft a spiced orange sour for a winter afternoon filled with zest to complement your orange garland on the mantle. To create the perfect Christmas cocktail, you’ll first need to make a simple spiced syrup.2 The ingredients are as follows: 

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 3-star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A strip of clementine peel (juice the rest of the orange for later)
  • One ½-inch piece of ginger, peeled and smashed

Making a simple syrup is pretty… well, simple. Just add all of those ingredients into a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves, then strain it into an airtight container. 

Once your spiced syrup is ready, you can shake up a delicious spiced orange whiskey sour. We like to think this is how Santa chills out after 24 hours of delivering presents:

Add those four ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake until the mixture becomes frothy. Strain the results into a coupe and enjoy your ho-ho-homemade delight. 

#3 Vanilla Cola White Russian

Usually, White Russians are made with vodka. But, for this sweetened holiday blend, we’ve instead opted to incorporate our Whiskey Cola pop for some added kick and sweetness:

Mix all your ingredients and serve. This combination is delightful when staying up late on Christmas Eve with the little ones as you wait for the pitter-patter of hooves on your rooftop.

#4 Cinnamon Whiskey Old Fashioned

What list of holiday whiskey cocktails would be complete without an Old Fashioned? It’s sweet & syrupy notes and warm flavors of cinnamon and whiskey set the mood for an intimate gift exchange by a crackling fire:

  • 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Apple Pops
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1-2 ounces of cinnamon syrup (you could also use the winter spice syrup that we made above)

Combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake them up like you’re trying to figure out what’s inside a present, and then strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. 

If desired, you can garnish this Christmas-y Old Fashioned with a slice of orange, a cinnamon stick, or even some rosemary. To really elevate this holiday cocktail—and give it a dose of Christmas cookie style—consider tossing a thin slice of orange in sugar, briefly cooking it in a pan, and then muddling it at the bottom of the glass.

Get in the Holiday Spirit With SLIQ Spirited Ice Pops

Whether you’re decorating the banister in lights and garland or sitting back on Christmas morning as your kids marvel at their new goodies, put a few Christmas whiskey cocktails under the tree for yourself. 

SLIQ’s Frozen Whiskey Ice Pops might not be made in Santa’s workshop, but they are crafted with premium barrel-stored bourbon whiskey. They also make a perfect stocking stuffer… assuming you hang your stocking in the freezer. Unlike your ugly Christmas sweaters, SLIQ Spirited Ice pops never go out of season. 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from everyone at SLIQ!

 

Sources: 

  1. Jamie Oliver. Mulled Pear & Ginger. https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/rum-recipes/mulled-pear-ginger/
  2. Tasting Table. Spiced Clementine Sour Cocktail Recipe. https://www.tastingtable.com/686451/spiced-clementine-sour-cocktail-recipe/

 

5 Festive Fall Vodka Cocktails to Try This Autumn

While some swear by their spring flings and winter festivities, others fall in love with autumn’s vivid colors and crisp air. Whether you’re dressing up for Halloween, tailgating for the beginning of football season, or simply kicking back under an auburn tree, there are plenty of opportunities to sip on autumn vodka cocktails.

And there’s plenty to inspire your cocktail crafting, too—apple orchards of Honeycrisps, buckets of maple syrup, and enough pumpkin spice to go around. Our fall cocktails jump into autumn’s seasonal specialties to enchant your harvest happy hour. 

(Don’t forget that two SLIQ Frozen Vodka Ice Pops are the equivalent to the average cocktail pour, but you could go up to as many as four if you’re feeling extra pumpkin spicy.)

#1 Apple Crisp Hard Lemonade

If you spend your fall weekends wandering through orchards, baking scrumptious apple pies, or preparing fresh apple cider, you’re in for a treat. This hard lemonade infuses all the best flavors and feelings of fall for a hard lemonade cocktail that leaves summer in the rearview mirror:

  • 6-8 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Lemonade Pops (you’re making a pitcher; reduce for a single serving)
  • ½ cup apple-flavored liquor or apple vodka
  • ½ cup Limoncello
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 cups tonic water
  • Fresh apple slices
  • Fresh thyme or rosemary

This one’s pretty easy to mix once you’ve squeezed your lemons. Simply mix the ingredients in a pitcher until the sugar is dissolved, dump in the apple slices, and garnish with fresh thyme or rosemary. 

A tall glass of this lemonade is precisely what you need on an unseasonably warm fall day. 

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#2 The Jolliest Rancher

If you’ve got a sweet tooth but are too old for trick-or-treating (if you’re reading this, that’s you), this blue raspberry-infused cocktail is the perfect spooky season treat. And its otherworldly cerulean color makes it a splendid Halloween party concoction:

Using a cocktail shaker, mix up everything except the soda. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice, then top with the lemon-lime soda. You can even add dry ice to create an interactive witch’s brew on Hallow’s Eve.

#3 Maple Martini

Tap into a treasure trove of caramel vanilla goodness with an autumnal spin on a sophisticated classic. In addition to maple syrup, this cocktail incorporates plenty of fall-inspired flavors that are sure to transport you to wooded forests canopied in reds, oranges, and yellows:

Add everything into a cocktail shaker, mix like you’re cleaning the gutters, and then strain into a martini glass. For added style, garnish with pomegranate seeds or a slice of fresh fig. 

festive cocktail

#4 The Blushing Russian

If it’s not yet breezy enough for a White Russian, this cranberry rendition makes for a festive compromise. It’s also one of the most unique cocktails that our mixologists have ever stirred up:

Gently mix your SLIQ Spirited Ice pops with the cranberry ginger ale. Then, slowly add in the half-and-half so that it settles on top. Admire how pretty this looks before drinking. 

Note: if you can’t find cranberry ginger ale, you can substitute it with 2 ounces of cranberry juice and 4 ounces of ginger beer. 

#5 Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Did you think we could make it through an article about fall cocktails without somehow incorporating pumpkin spice? Usher in the new season with a delightful combination of sugar, spice, and everything nice:

Add your three ingredients into a cocktail shaker and gently shake until they’re mixed. For the whole fall flavor experience, you can top this off with whipped cream and cinnamon or rim the glass with crushed sugar and graham crackers. 

Fall into Fun with SLIQ Vodka Frozen Cocktails

With so many reasons to celebrate in autumn, you’ll want to have a variety of fall vodka cocktails to mix up. We hope you’re inspired to make some spooky Halloween adult drinks for your costume party, or just found a recipe to sip on the front porch while gazing at the leaves. 

Fall drink recipes with vodka are guaranteed to be delicious. And if vodka is the most versatile of the liquors, then SLIQ Spirited Ice alcohol ice pops are the most adaptable boozy pops on the market. Our three tantalizing vodka flavors—each made with premium ingredients—will liven up your fall and make bartending at your festivities super simple. 

When fall ends and winter rolls around, we’re ready to introduce you to our Christmas whiskey cocktails made with SLIQ whiskey pops. No matter the season, SLIQ is here to keep the party going. 

 

Sources: 

  1. Insanely Good Recipes. 25 Best Fall Cocktails. https://insanelygoodrecipes.com/fall-cocktails/

 

8 Hanukkah Cocktail Recipes for Each Night

Hanukkah is the celebration of light triumphing over darkness, a time for Jewish families to gather, reflect on their blessings, and celebrate. That means lighting candles, enjoying some delicious fried foods, and perhaps partaking in a cocktail (or eight).1 

We’ve compiled a selection of unique Hanukkah cocktails that you can craft with our SLIQ  alcohol ice pops to celebrate this Jewish holiday season. (Remember, two SLIQ  pops contain the equivalent of the typical amount of alcohol found in a craft cocktail.)

#1 Olive Oil Sour

Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a small supply of lamp oil lasting for eight nights—so we’ve incorporated a bit of oil into our celebrations, too – olive oil, that is:

Add everything except your SLIQ Spirited Ice pops to a cocktail shaker, then shake until the mixture gets frothy. Add your pops, shake again, and then strain into a cocktail glass. 

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#2 Fig Dark and Stormy

Figs and their leafy trees have represented the Jewish people for centuries. And their rich, honeyed taste makes them the perfect addition to a Hanukkah holiday cocktail:

Mix all these ingredients in a shaker and pour them into a glass. For an extra flourish, garnish with fresh figs or thyme. 

#3 Pineapple Hot Toddy

One way to beat back the chill this Hanukkah holiday season is with this delightfully tropical spin on the traditional hot toddy:

  • 4-6 SLIQ Spirited Ice Rum Pineapple Daiquiri Pops (adjust depending on the size of your batch)
  • 1 ¼ cups pineapple juice or orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 8 ounces ginger ale
  • 2 cinnamon sticks and a pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ½  teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all your pops, liquid ingredients, and the honey, then simmer until the honey dissolves. Then, add your spices and continue to simmer the mixture for at least five more minutes. At this point, you can add a dollop of butter or splash of cream for an authentic toddy experience. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve. 

#4 Oy Vey Old Fashioned

For a traditional celebration, opt for a traditional cocktail. The boozy pop twist on this classic drink suits even the most refined Hanukkah dinner party:

For the best results, garnish this lovely beverage with a twist of orange. 

#5 Good as Gelt Gold Cocktail

We love how this fruity cocktail resembles Hanukkah gelt. It also pairs tastily with those chocolate coins, but then again, doesn’t everything? 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, let it rip, and then strain it into a glass. If you’re really trying to make your celebration special, consider serving in a glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. 

#6 Hanukkah Nap Cocktail

If you’ve had so much gelt that your hands are shaking trying to light the menorah, craft this nighttime cocktail to lull you to sleep:

Add everything except the pops and lemon to a small pot. You want to infuse the syrup with the spices, so bring it to a simmer for at least 10 minutes (the longer, the better). Strain your syrup, then mix with the pops and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Garnish with a twisted lemon peel and serve.

#7 Jelly Donut Beertail 

It wouldn’t be Hanukkah without jelly doughnuts! This big-batch holiday cocktail is created in honor of our favorite sweet treats:2

Combine and serve. 

#8 Fruity Hanukkah Sangria

If you want a big batch of winter vodka cocktails that you can share at your Hanukkah party, and our donut-inspired concoction feels a bit too heavy, you might stir up this refreshing take on sangria instead:

Mix it all together and enjoy it before Hanukkah is over!

Say Shalom to SLIQ Spirited Ice Pops

Now that the Festival of Lights is at an end, it’s time to put away the menorah until next year. 

SLIQ Spirited Ice Pops, however, can hang out all winter. The premium ingredients make them perfect for cozy cocktails that beat the winter chill. And it’s perfectly okay to enjoy a Hanukkah cocktail after the Jewish holiday season, especially if you need to brighten up the night now that the menorah is out. 

Happy Hanukkah from everyone at SLIQ!

 

Sources: 

  1. Rebekah Lowin. 18 Hanukkah Cocktails and Drinks to Keep you Cozy After Candle-Lighting. https://rebekahlowin.com/hanukkah-cocktails/
  2. Esquire. Drink a Jelly Doughnut Beertail—a Recreation of Sufganiyot—for Hanukkah. https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/a30275028/best-hanukkah-cocktail-drink/

 

What Is A Texas Margarita And How To Make It

What’s not to love about a margarita? Its refreshing, citrusy taste of lime balanced with the smokey notes of tequila perfectly complements the sweet hint of simple syrup. But every now and then, even your favorite classic cocktail needs a Texas-sized revamp.

You’re going to love what the Texas margarita—which infuses sweet orange juice—has to offer.

What is a Texas margarita, you ask? We’ll walk you through all the fixin’s to craft this delicious Southern treat.

The Cloudy History of the Texas Margarita 

The history of the Texas margarita is shrouded in mystery, speculation, and uncertainty. Like the world-famous cocktail that gave birth to it, the classic margarita, the Texas margarita is a simple beverage that packs a complex and delicious punch. 

Still, the drink raises more questions than it has answers for.1 When it comes to the Texas margarita, we simply don’t know its key autobiographical details, like:

  • Where it was invented
  • When it was invented
  • Who invented it

Of course, like all great mysteries, theories abound as to where the Texas margarita comes from and how it became so popular. 

One of the most predominant ideas is that the Texas margarita results from circumstance, convenience, and good, old-fashioned ingenuity. In other words, it probably started as a pitcher-style drink that was thrown together using whatever ingredients were nearby and seemed suitable.

Why Texas? That’s always a good question.

What Is a Texas Margarita vs Regular Margarita? 

The Texas margarita differs from a regular margarita in one crucial way: it uses orange juice, in addition to the standard ingredients.1

The orange juice compliments the flavor of the lime juice, adding an extra boost of citrusy goodness along with a sweet, tart bite. This gives the Texas margarita a brighter, zestier flavor than the original.

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How to Make a Texas Margarita

We already mentioned that a Texas margarita includes orange on its list of ingredients. But beyond that, what is in a Texas margarita?

Aside from orange juice, the ingredients include:

  • Tequila
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup

As with most standard margaritas, the ingredients are mixed in a cocktail shaker, then served in a cocktail glass over ice. Most people like to lightly salt the rim of their cocktail glass before pouring to balance out the sweet flavors of the drink.

That’s how you make a traditional Texas margarita. But at SLIQ, we’re never satisfied with what’s standard. Keep scrolling for instructions on elevating this delicious drink into a cocktail that approaches the divine.

SLIQ Frozen Mango Texas Margarita 

Our take on the Texas margarita adds the sweet, tropical taste of mango to the mix. To start things off, you’ll need the following ingredients:2

First, pour out a bit of kosher salt onto a small plate. Use the lime wedge or orange wheel to wet the glass rim before gently turning it through the salt to coat it. 

Next, grab a classic cocktail shaker. Drop in all the ingredients and shake to combine. The longer you shake, the more you’ll break down the SLIQ Pops, so follow your preference here, depending on the consistency you want.

After shaking, pour the agave margarita into the glass, stick on the lime and orange garnish, and the next thing you know, you’ll be sipping on a delicious frozen margarita while wearing a smile as big as Texas. 

Bonus Tips for Bonus Flavor 

If mango isn’t your thing, but you’re still interested in giving the frozen Texas margarita a try, just switch out the SLIQ Pops for one of our other flavors, like Classic or Strawberry Margarita. 

Or, for a truly colorful frozen treat, why not mix and match? You can use one SLIQ Agave Mango Margarita Frozen Cocktail Pop and one strawberry margarita for a drink that swirls a trio of fruity flavors. 

Stock Your Freezer with Frozen Fun 

Whether you decide to try your hand at the Texas margarita, a grapefruit margarita, or keep things classic with the original version, SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops are the star ingredient you can’t go without.

Our frozen alcohol ice pops are made with 100% Blue Agave Spirit, natural flavors, and quality ingredients that are mixed to perfection to ensure that every pop is packed with mouthwatering flavor.

The time is always right to indulge in frozen fun. 

 

Sources: 

  1. A Couple Cooks. Texas Margarita. https://www.acouplecooks.com/texas-margarita/ 
  2. Martha Stewart. Texas Margarita Recipe. https://www.marthastewart.com/1512438/texas-margarita 

 

How To Make An Easy 5 Steps Agave Margarita

The deliciously sweet taste of agave nectar. The smooth, smoky flavor of Blue Agave spirits. The familiar, mouthwatering chill of a frozen margarita. Wouldn’t it be great if all of these yummy flavors were available in a single cocktail?

Good news, margarita fans: there is. It’s called an Agave margarita—and it just might be your new favorite way to chill out, drink up, and have a good time.

What is an agave margarita, you ask? Simple: It’s a margarita that uses agave nectar instead of simple syrup. And when you combine it with a couple of SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops, you’re not just doubling the fun agave-wise, you’re also putting a chilly spin on a classic cocktail. 

What is Agave Nectar?

Agave nectar is a sweet syrup from the agave plant, a succulent that’s native to the driest regions of Mexico. The flavor profile is similar to honey and sweeter than sugar.1 

As such, organic agave nectar makes an excellent substitute for a range of common sweeteners. Although it has a sweeter flavor, it doesn’t cause blood sugar levels to spike like regular sugar. In addition to replacing the simple syrup in a margarita, you can also use agave nectar as a substitute for:  

  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Table sugar

The agave plant resembles the upper part of a pineapple, only it’s much larger. It’s topped with an array of leather leaves that can grow up to eight feet in length.2 The edges and tips of each leaf are usually ribbed with pointed spines, similar to cacti. 

How is Agave Nectar Harvested?

Organic agave nectar is harvested in much the same way as other plant syrups, like maple syrup.3 

When an agave plant reaches a certain age—usually seven to 10 years—it’s ready to give up its nectar. To get it, the top of the plant is cut off, and the core is emptied. This creates a pool-like enclosure for the nectar to collect until it’s ready to be extracted.

Now that you know a little about this delicious nectar, it’s time to craft your oh-so-delicious agave margarita. 

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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients 

Begin by collecting everything you need to make your agave or grapefruit margarita. That means gathering your ingredients and your hardware. 

You only need three basic tools to craft your margarita: a cocktail shaker for mixing, a small plate for salting, and a rocks glass for the final product. 

Next, find your ingredients. For the cocktail, you’ll need:4

You’ll also need a lime wedge and a bit of kosher salt for a garnish. 

Step 2: Prepare Your Glass

It only takes a few minutes to mix a margarita. But when you’re finished, you’ll want to get to the sipping step ASAP, so make sure your margarita glass is salted and ready to go. That way, nothing is standing between you and your margarita when the time comes. 

If you’ve never salted a margarita glass before, don’t worry. Simply grab a lime wedge and run along the full circumference of your serving glass rim. Then, gently roll the rim through the salted plate until it’s well-coated and set it aside.

Step 3: Fill-n-Shake 

Grab the cocktail shaker and fill it with the SLIQ pops, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice. Pop on the lid and shake vigorously to blend the ingredients.

For the best blend, we recommend shaking for about 30 seconds, then checking to ensure you’ve achieved the desired consistency. It’s frozen, but it should still be pleasurably sippable.

Step 4: Pour-n-Enjoy 

You’ve done about as well as any bartender mixing your margarita. Now it’s time to reap your reward.

Go ahead and grab the salted serving glass you prepared a couple of steps ago. Pour the margarita in, top it with a lime wedge, and find a comfy spot to enjoy your delectable frosty beverage. 

SLIQ: Skip the Blender, Go Straight For the Fun 

We weren’t lying when we said the steps to making these frozen tequila drinks were easy. 

Since we’ve earned your trust, believe us when we tell you that SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops are a must-have in any fully-stocked, fun-ready freezer. 

You’re never far from a spirited, refreshing frozen drink when you keep SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops nearby. Our frozen alcohol ice pops use 100% Blue Agave Spirit, natural flavors, and quality ingredients for a top-shelf experience. And they’re available in three delicious flavors—Classic, Strawberry, and Mango Margarita.

Keep the good times going with SLIQ.

 

Sources: 

  1. The Spruce Eats. Using Agave Nectar in Drinks and Cocktails. https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-agave-nectar-p2-760283#
  2. Britannica. Agave. https://www.britannica.com/plant/Agave 
  3. What’s Cooking, America? Agave Nectar. https://whatscookingamerica.net/charlottebradley/agavenectar.htm#
  4. Noble Pig. Agave Margarita. https://noblepig.com/2020/06/agave-margarita/ 

3 Grapefruit Margarita Recipes to Enjoy After Summer

Summer might be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean your good times have to follow suit. Fall is just around the corner with winter hot on its heels, but there’s still time to indulge in the sumptuous, citrusy beverages you enjoy all summer. 

Looking for ways to keep the party going well into autumn and beyond? SLIQ’s got you covered. Here are three fun, fabulous ways to use our Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktails with grapefruit, the citrusy after-summer treat. Pucker up!

#1 Classic Grapefruit Margarita

The great thing about grapefruit margaritas—or any type of margarita—is how easy they are to make. You don’t need a dozen fancy ingredients or complicated cocktail accouterments. All you need is a few minutes, an ounce of will, and a couple of SLIQ Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops in Classic Margarita flavor. 

If you prefer to sip your marg from a salted glass, start there. Pour out a small amount of salt onto a plate, wet the rim of a glass, and roll it gently until the rim is coated. 

Then, assemble your ingredients. The complete list includes:1

Once you’ve got your ingredients on deck, go ahead and drop them all into a cocktail shaker. To blend the ingredients, you can shake or stir vigorously—just be sure you whip up enough energy to break the SLIQ pop down to a slushy, sippable consistency. If you want, feel free to use a muddler.

Once the drink is blended, simply pour it into a glass, add a lime wedge for a garnish, and enjoy! 

#2 Skinny Strawberry-Grapefruit Margarita 

Whether you’re counting calories or just prefer a healthier beverage, the Skinny Strawberry-Grapefruit Margarita is the guilt-free way to unwind with a frozen fruit cocktail.

What makes it skinny?

The skinny grapefruit margarita slims down by ditching the liqueur in favor of natural, freshly squeezed juices.2 This scales down the sugar content and cuts calories for a healthier drink that’s no less delicious. And, when you use SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail pops, no less decadent. Can you say Skinny Legend?

By now, your taste buds must be tingling. So, without further ado, here’s how to craft the perfect Skinny Grapefruit Margarita. 

The ingredients you’ll need are: 

Start by combining the SLIQ Frozen Cocktail Pops and juices in a cocktail shaker. Shake or stir until the ingredients are well blended, then pour into a glass. Top it off with a splash of sparkling water for effervescence, garnish with a lime wedge or a grapefruit wheel, and you’re all set.

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#3 Spicy Grapefruit Margarita with Mango 

Heat up the cooler months with a spicy grapefruit margarita. (Warning to those whose palates can’t take the heat: the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita with Mango is hot.)

That said, this margarita recipe subs out tequila for a couple SLIQ Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail pops and adds the creamy, fruity flavor of mango to keep you—and your tastebuds—happy all year long.

The Spicy Grapefruit Margarita with Mango requires a few more ingredients than your average marg.3 For this margarita recipe, you don’t want to skip decorating the rim of your glass with a zesty combo of salt and chili powder, going slightly heavier on the salt. Do that first, then set it aside.

For the agave margarita itself, you’ll need:

The first step is muddling the simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and jalapeño in a cocktail shaker. Make sure that the jalapeño is well-crushed to supe up the spice quotient. 

Next, pour in the fresh grapefruit juice and stir. We recommend you strain the mixture to remove any jalapeño seeds and juice pulp before adding the alcohol ice pops. Then, stir or shake to blend. Your salted glass awaits, so pour, sip, and prepare to singe your tastebuds. 

Indulge All Year Long With SLIQ

When you want to cool off with a delicious frozen margarita, skip the blender and reach for SLIQ’s Agave Spirit Frozen Cocktail Pops. Made with 100% Blue Agave Spirit and utilizing only natural flavors, they’re available in three delectable flavors—Classic, Strawberry, and Mango Margarita—for ready-when-you-are deliciousness.

Whether you enjoy SLIQ’s Frozen Cocktail Pops on their own or mixed into a mouthwatering grapefruit margarita, you’ll discover delicious, refreshing frozen cocktails that taste so good you’ll swear there’s a bartender in your freezer. 

Ready to discover the simple and delicious way to keep the good times always within reach? Stock up on SLIQ’s Frozen Cocktail Pops today. 

 

Sources: 

  1. Southern Living. Grapefruit Margarita. https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/grapefruit-margarita 
  2. Isabel Eats. Skinny Margarita Recipe. https://www.isabeleats.com/skinny-margarita-recipe/ 
  3. Cookie and Kate. Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas. https://cookieandkate.com/spicy-grapefruit-margarita-recipe/ 

How to Drink Different Types of Whiskey

Whether you’re leaping across the lochs of Scotland, scaling the frosty Japan Alps, or flexing the folds of the Tennessee valleys, you’re bound to discover old fashioned whiskey that sings the notes of its birth land. It is also one of the oldest drinks in the world, even older than vermouth!

How do you drink whiskey? The savoring style of each transportive variety depends mostly on your enjoyment. But we’re here to equip you with a few expert tips on how to bring the best out of every bottle. 

Are you a first-time whiskey drinker? Dust off your finest tulip glasses, barkeep! We’re taking a trip around the globe to discover the different types of whiskey, what makes each one special, and how to drink each one. 

Different Types of Whiskey

How to drink whiskey depends on which whiskey you wish to savor. 

But to taste the nuances of whiskey, you must first understand the nuances of its spelling. You might already understand the difference between whisky and whiskey, but for the people in the back, let’s review.  

In a nutshell, the spelling tells you where the product was made. 

  • Whisky – Hails from Scotland, Canada, or Japan
  • Whiskey – Flows from Ireland or America 

Go forth and impress all future dinner dates with your impressive and refined knowledge of grain spirit culture. You’re welcome. 

(P.S: For the purposes of this article, we’ll use whiskey as an all-encompassing term.)

What Are The Different Types of Whiskey? 

Get your flashlights and your tasting glasses—we’re going to hike into the caverns of different types of whiskey. 

Water-of-life wizards have spent centuries perfecting this barrel-aging craft. Today, it would be silly not to reap the benefits of their hard work by tasting the fruits of their labor. 

Although liquor store shelves prove the existence of hundreds of whiskeys, these are the OG’s. Learn these, and you’ll be well on your way to whiskey mastery.

  • Scotch whisky – A fine-tuned craft of Scotland since 1494, Scotch is matured in oak barrels for three or more years and is known for its sharp, distinct flavor. 
  • Irish whiskey – Unique in its blend of both malted and unmalted barley. It’s distilled three times compared to Scotch’s two, which boasts a smoother, lighter finish.
  • Bourbon whiskey – One of three well-known American whiskeys, Bourbon is known for its sweeter flavor thanks to 51% of its grain made of a Kentucky midwest favorite: corn.
  • Rye whiskey – First distilled in Pennsylvania in 1750, Rye is famous for its spicier sting from its unique blend of grains—a distinctness that lands it a dust-free bar shelf spot. 
  • Tennessee whiskey – This country tune special is aged in Tennessee using an original Lincoln County Process to mellow the distilled liquid with charcoal, adding sweetness.
  • Canadian whisky – Dancing between Scotch and American styles, Canadian whisky couples the strict Scottish three-year aging minimum with extra armfuls of sweet, mellowing maize. 
  • Japanese whisky – Japanese whisky models its ingredients and process from traditional Scotch. It’s known for its deeper, more refined flavor. 

How to Drink Different Types of Whiskey

Alright, brave explorer. Now that you’ve mastered Whiskey 101, we needn’t further delay our tasting trials. It’s a beautiful day to savor a smooth whiskey water or pucker a tangy cocktail. 

How to Drink Scotch Whisky

First to the bar: the classic Scotch. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we recommend starting with this famed masterpiece. Who wouldn’t want to sip something that’s been crafted the same way for over 500 years? 

To fully appreciate the robust oakiness and depth of Scotch, it’s best drunk neat in a whiskey glass at room temperature—that is, two fingers in your favorite whisky glass, nothing more, and certainly nothing less. Sip it slowly, letting the wealth of warmth roll over your tongue and kindle every taste bud. 

Tip: You can add a drop or two of water to help cut the bite and savor the complex flavors. In fact, some distilleries will serve drams alongside droppers and cups of water. 

How to Drink Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey is beloved for its mellow flavor and special mash ingredients that make for a sweet, smooth flavor comparable to caramel. 

Some Irish whiskey masters insist on drinking this imbibement at room temperature. But our favorite? Chilled. Pop that bottle and a tumbler in the freezer for a few hours, ponder life’s great mysteries, come back, pour, sip, and thank us later. 

How to Drink American Whiskey

Bourbon, Rye, and Tennessee are our favorites for the adored whiskey cocktail—a sub-category with plenty of rabbit holes of its own. These American-made whiskeys use American oak barrels to impart notes of vanilla and coconut, beautifully complementing the likes of citrus, sour, and soda. 

To shine the spotlight on these American whiskeys, try these simple cocktails. 

  • Bourbon – Bourbon sour, bourbon and coke, bourbon manhattan 
  • Rye – Whiskey ginger, whiskey highball, Boulevardier
  • Tennessee – Lynchburg lemonade, whiskey smash, whiskey cranberry 

How to Drink Canadian Whiskey 

Canadian whiskey is a vehicle for flavor and aroma: well-balanced, smooth, light, and drinkable. Because of these accolades, it’s destined for greatness on the rocks. Slow-melting ice fuses through its light-golden color to elevate sweetness and amplify freshness. 

A tumbler, or lowball, is the glass of an on-the-rocks master. Do us a favor and swap the chalky ice tray from the back of the freezer with some well-mannered, purified cubes. Lovingly place a few lucky swimmers at the bottom of your rocks glass, pour, and enjoy. 

How to Drink Japanese Whisky

Twist a lemon, but don’t twist this: Japanese whisky is high on the priority list—and on our bar shelf. The Japanese learned the art from the Scotts and then truly made a craft of their own that’s uniquely bold, fruity, and floral. 

The most traditional way to enjoy Japanese whisky is mixed with ice and soda water called a highball. Don’t forget the lemon expression at the end to make this effervescent brew pop. 

Master the Art of Whiskey Drinking with SLIQ

While you can generally drink whiskey any time of the year, the best season for enjoying this drink is during autumn. For this reason, there are a lot of fall whiskey drinks. But it’s no surprise that people have decided to use whiskey for other occasions, such as mixing it in tailgate drinks. Which is your favorite whiskey? No matter where it comes from, whiskey is an art, science, and history blended together into a few sips of heaven. The depth of this incredible spirit no doubt matches the depths of flavor in every glass. Understanding a little bit about the different types of whiskey will help you appreciate it that much more. 

We’re SLIQ, your go-to for premium frozen cocktails. Our new whiskey frozen cocktails are made with top-shelf barrel-stored bourbon to bring high-quality flavor from your freezer to your glass. Our whiskey frozen cocktails come in three original highball flavors to help you enjoy tasting from anywhere. Aside from whiskey frozen cocktails, you can also enjoy our other alcohol ice pops. We know that everyone’s a little different and enjoys different cocktail liquors which is why we also offer vodka freeze pops, margarita ice pops, and rum daiquiri ice pops.

It’s time to embark on the next level of whiskey drinking – on ice, literally. With SLIQ, it’s smooth sailing from here. 

 

Sources: 

  1. Liquor.com. 6 Rules for Drinking Canadian Whiskey. https://www.liquor.com/articles/canadian-whisky-rules/
  2. The Flatiron Room. How to Drink Japanese Whiskey. https://www.theflatironroom.com/2021/10/04/how-to-drink-japanese-whisky/
  3. WhiskeyMade. OK, Seriously, How is Whiskey Made? https://whiskeymade.com/2021/05/21/how-is-whiskey-made/#:~:text=Whiskey%20is%20not%20brewed%2C%20but,but%20rather%2C%20it%20is%20distilled.
  4. A Couple of Cooks. Quick Guide to Irish Whiskey (Jameson & More). https://www.acouplecooks.com/irish-whiskey-jameson/#:~:text=What%20does%20Irish%20whiskey%20taste,signature%20oak%20and%20caramel%20flavors.
  5. The Los Angeles Times. What Makes Irish Whiskey Different? https://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-whiskeyrail11nov11-story.html
  6. U.S. News. The Difference Between Scotch and U.S. Whiskey. https://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2012/04/13/the-difference-between-scotch-and-us-whiskey

6 Easy Tailgate Drinks & Cocktails

The cars are parked, the grill is sizzling, and your facepaint is epic-yet-tasteful. Tailgating season is upon us, and everybody knows that the best times are usually had before the game even begins. Especially if your team is about to give up four touchdowns in the first half. 

Rolling a keg through the parking lot or digging through a cooler for a light beer certainly has its allure, but you’re ready to take your tailgate drinks to the next level. However, you don’t want to be the person dragging a full bar set-up through the parking lot. 

We’ve got you covered with our favorite easy tailgate drinks. 

#1 Spicy Bloody Mary

Getting the perfect spot in the parking lot means waking up at the crack of dawn. That means it’s technically brunch time, which means a Bloody Mary is mandatory. This version of the Bloody Mary is especially easy to put together if you’re also serving chicken wings at your tailgate party—you should already have the hot sauce and celery ready to go!

No fancy equipment needed, just toss the ingredients into a shaker with some ice, strain, and enjoy. Garnish with celery (if you’re fancy).

If you want to go the extra distance, throw some bacon on the grill for an extra smoky garnish. 

#2 The Candied Apple

Depending on where your favorite team plays, as the season unfolds, your tailgate party might start to resemble an arctic expedition. Nothing quite gets the chill out like a whiskey-infused cocktail. 

If you’re going to be drinking hot chocolate anyway, might as well get it as boozy and decadent as possible. For this recipe, melt down your SLIQ pops with the water that you’re boiling for the hot chocolate. Stir in the mix, then top with whipped cream and caramel sauce. 

#3 Whisky Lemon Punch

Not every tailgate party takes place on the frozen tundra. If you’re rooting for a team where the sun shines all fall and winter, you deserve a tailgate cocktail that’s breezy and bright and way simpler than even mixing together some hot cocoa. This tart cocktail mixes highball class with refreshing warm weather favorites. 

Pour over ice, and boom. Time for a toast to your team’s opponent’s demise. Simple and effective. If you’re feeling fancy, you could garnish this one with a sprig of rosemary. Or, if you happen to be tailgating at a golf event, mix in some iced tea for a proper John Daly. This is also a perfect way to learn how to drink whiskey since some people think whiskey on its own is too strong.

#4 Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

Maybe you’ve got the lemonade from the above recipe, but your favorite team’s colors are blue or purple. If that’s the case, you’ll need a tailgate drink that matches your jersey. 

Get some of your aggression out by muddling those blueberries and applaud yourself for incorporating fresh fruits into your tailgate party. Then, mix the muddled berries with your SLIQ pop and the lemonade for a joyously slushy treat that hopefully represents your team’s colors. 

#5 Blue Flavored Punch

While you might not technically be on the team, and your athletic performance today will be entirely judged on how well you stagger into the stadium, that doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need electrolytes. 

Pour your SLIQ pop into a glass, then add the pineapple juice, and then the sports drink. If you layer this cocktail correctly, you’re going to end up with a sweet-looking yellow-and-blue drink that will inspire admiration, especially if you’re tailgating in Los Angeles. 

#6 Spiked Root Beer

Tailgating is for the young and the young-at-heart. A classic version of a spiked root beer cocktail is the perfect treat after a game of touch-football in the parking lot. 

Just pour the following into a glass with ice:

Adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to this is entirely optional but highly recommended. 

Get Ready to Cheer For SLIQ Pops

Our tailgate cocktails should have you ready to scream your heart out for the home team and maybe even dive through a folding table. (Don’t actually do this unless you’re from Buffalo. And even then, maybe not…)

SLIQ Spirited Alcohol Ice Pops make the perfect companion for your next tailgate party. Our premium ingredients, easy portability in coolers, and versatility in simple cocktail recipes will make them starters in your tailgate party line-up. In addition to tailgates, the pops are perfect for other occasions, such as Christmas, summer, or cozy fall whiskey cocktails.

But seriously: no breaking tables. 

 

Sources: 

  1. Delish. 13 Awesome (and Massive!) Tailgate Cocktails. https://www.delish.com/entertaining/g2947/easy-college-tailgate-cocktail-ideas/

6 Cozy Fall Whiskey Cocktails & Drinks

The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, and the aroma of pumpkin spice is suddenly everywhere. Fall is rolling in, so it’s time to pack away the shorts, sunglasses, and salt-rimmed margaritas and settle in with a cocktail that pairs well with books and blankets. 

When it comes to getting the chill out, nothing is better than the smoky warmth of fall whiskey cocktails. And while you’ve packed away the rest of your summer toys, frozen cocktail pops made with premium Bourbon whiskey never go out of season.

Check out the recipes below to find some fall whiskey drinks that will light your fire.

 #1 The Apple Picker

September means apple picking season, and this apple cider-esque cocktail is inspired by that wholesome fall activity. Plus, everyone knows that the best part of apple-picking is chowing down on the apple cider donuts sold by the farms. We had those sweet treats in mind when we interpreted this cocktail.1

Mix the SLIQ Whiskey Apple pops, cider, and syrup together. Stir thoroughly so that the syrup dissolves and distributes. Then, top it off with the ginger beer for a delicious, golden cocktail. 

#2 The Thanksgiving

No list of fall whiskey cocktails would be complete without a drink inspired by turkey day. We’re using a simple rosemary syrup in the recipe to get those stuffing vibes. You can make your own by following a few quick steps:

  • Combine one cup of water, one cup of sugar, and three sprigs of fresh rosemary in a saucepan. 
  • Bring to a boil, stirring as necessary to dissolve the sugar. 
  • Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for at least 30 minutes. 
  • Use a strainer to pour your syrup into a glass storage container. 

Your homemade rosemary simple syrup should last up to thirty days in the refrigerator, which is long enough to get through even the most interminable of family visits. Speaking of which, here’s a cocktail recipe that will take the edge off listening to your uncles argue about politics. 

#3 Cherry Pie

We mentioned that fall is for apple picking, but there are only so many McIntoshes we can scarf down before we feel like changing things up. This fall cocktail is wonderful if you need a little pick-me-up for those late September days. 

Muddle your cherries in the bottom of your glass, mix in your SLIQ Whiskey Cola pops, and top it off with a splash of fizzing cherry cola. Especially good if you have a sweet tooth.

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#4 Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

The whiskey sour is a classic drink no matter the time of the year, but by adding in some seasonable ingredients, we can make it even warmer and more indulgent. The perfect cocktail for sitting on the porch and watching trick-or-treaters. 

Pour your SLIQ Whiskey Apple pops into a cocktail shaker, add the lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon, then shake well. Transfer the results into a cocktail glass and settle in for a cozy evening. 

#5 The Lion’s Tail

If you’re on the prowl for something more unique this fall, try crafting our version of a Lion’s Tail. The cocktail is made with Allspice dram, which you’ll need to hunt down at your local liquor store.2 The combination of spices will surely get the chill out while giving you a feeling of luxury. 

  • 2 SLIQ Spirited Ice Whiskey Apple Pops
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce Allspice Dram
  • 1 tablespoon of simple syrup (or maple syrup for added complexity)
  • A splash of Angostura bitters

Simply mix all these ingredients together and serve with a garnish of lemon. The Lion’s Tail is a lot like a traditional Manhattan, but with a feeling of complexity from the additional spices that really heat up a fall night. 

#6 Whiskey Smash

If you’re looking for a classic whiskey drink, you can do no wrong with Whiskey Smash.

In a cocktail shaker, first muddle the lemon wedges. Afterward, add the rest of the ingredients and shake until well combined. Strain the beverage over a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

Warm Up With SLIQ Whiskey Frozen Cocktails

These cocktails are the perfect introductions to how to drink whiskey. Hopefully, you have figured out which fall drinks with whiskey will get you through the lengthening nights. Now that you’re prepared to be a leaf-raking, cookie-baking, whiskey mixologist, you can start devoting that mental energy to choosing your Halloween costume. Speaking of fall activities, you can also prepare these as tailgate drinks.

A freezer stocked with SLIQ Whiskey Frozen Cocktails makes it easy to bartend at home as you get ready to hibernate. Even though they’re frozen, the premium barrel-stored bourbon cocktail in each pop is sure to warm you up. Aside from our frozen whiskey cocktail pops, we also have other alcohol ice pops you can try. We cater to all types of sippers by offering vodka freeze pops, margarita ice pops, and rum daiquiri ice pops in a variety of delicious flavors

 

Sources: 

  1. Great Lakes Locals. 5 Fall Cocktails With Cascade Blonde Whiskey. https://greatlakeslocals.com/5-fall-cocktails-with-cascade-blonde-whiskey/
  2. A Couple Cooks. Lion’s Tail Cocktail. https://www.acouplecooks.com/lions-tail-cocktail/

6 Cocktail Recipes for a Beach Day

Whether you’re packing up to head out to the beach or you wish you were, there’s nothing quite like a handcrafted cocktail to help paint the sky a bright cerulean blue. 

Sure, you could just toss some beers or hard seltzers in the cooler and get ready for some waves, but why not add some creative flair to your fun in the sun? With these easy-to-prep recipes, you’ll have everything you need to take the quality of an upscale cocktail lounge to the comfort of your beach towel.

Gather round, mixologists. Settle in with your toes in the sand while we unpack six of the best drinks for the beach. 

#1 Apple Whiskey Sour 

Before jetting off to your favorite seascape, consider bringing a taste of the orchard along with you. Juicy, sweet, and subtly tart, apples are just as much at home in a cocktail glass as they are in a freshly baked pie. 

To serve up this thirst-quenching sipper, start with a homemade spiced apple simple syrup:

  • Combine equal parts sugar and water, a cinnamon stick, and fresh apple slices in a medium saucepan. 
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. 
  • Remove the apple slices and cinnamon stick from the pan using a slotted spoon, and store the syrup in an airtight container. 

With your sweetening agent at the ready, now you’ll want to invite these pucker-inducing ingredients to the summer cocktail:

From there, place your SLIQ pops in a cup—no ice required. Spritz with lemon and spiced apple simple syrup to taste, and combine. For a fanciful finish, garnish with a sugar rim and a slice of apple.

#2 Ginger Peach Lemonade

Next up on the beach-day menu: ginger peach lemonade. Thanks to this mouthwatering sipper, you’ll be able to enjoy a hint of summer sweetness and a dash of sassy spice while you let ocean waves carry your troubles away.

To prepare this peachy cocktail to perfection, gather the following:

Toss all of your trusted ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. No blender? No problem. Just combine the pops, puree, and lemonade in a bottle or cup with a lid, shake vigorously, and slurp it down to your heart’s content. After getting a taste, you’ll realize this is one of the best mixed drinks with whiskey.

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#3 Berrylicious SLIQ Sparkling Lemonade

If you love watching—and drinking—the sunset, it’s time to make some room in your glass for this colorful concoction featuring an assortment of must-have summer berries. After you’ve worked up a sweat in your beach volleyball match, cool down with the help of a few simple ingredients:

First, put the strawberries and blueberries into a cup and crush them slightly with a muddler. Then, add your lemony SLIQ Spirited Ice Pops into the mix, squeeze in the lime juice, and shake to combine. Top it all off with a splash of bubbly club soda and toss it back (sharing optional). 

#4 SLIQ Sea Breeze

In this tasty twist on a summer classic, cranberry and grapefruit juice team up with SLIQ for a slushie seaside cocktail. All you’ll need to pack in your beach tote is:

Place your crushed SLIQ pops in a cup, add fruit juices, stir gently, and gulp down the refreshing, citrusy taste of summer.

#5 SLIQ Seaside Sunrise 

Waking up before dawn to catch the sunrise might not be on your beach-day to-do list, but this remixed version of a tequila sunrise certainly should be. Toss a taste of the tropics in your cup by assembling the following: 

Start by blending the SLIQ pops and orange juice together until smooth. Transfer the slushy sipper to your preferred beach-friendly glass and float the grenadine on top. The result? A flavor-packed libation that’s even better than the soft, delicate hues of daybreak. 

#6 SLIQ Piña Colada

Chips and guacamole, macaroni and cheese, bagels and lox—all of these classic pairings pale in comparison to this tropical combo: beach days and piña coladas. To prepare this colorful version of a piña colada like a pro, be sure to pack your cooler with:

Combine the entire ensemble in a blender, mix to perfection, and serve. Give your drink an even fruitier touch by garnishing it with a cherry and a slice of pineapple (or a lime wedge). Go ahead, add a brightly-colored umbrella pick, too. 

To keep these extra cool, make sure to have a small bucket of ice cubes to keep your guest’s mixed drink. Of course, these ice cubes can also keep cool non-alcoholic beverages, such as fruit juice, virgin long island iced tea, etc.

Shop for SLIQ Before You Hit the Beach

Now that you’re equipped with some of the best drinks for the beach, some of which are also perfect as summer whiskey cocktails no matter where you are, all that’s left to do is to slip into your swimsuit and soak up all of those seaside rays. Just make sure to replace the ho-hum liquor on your shelf with SLIQ alcohol ice pops, featuring barrel-stored bourbon, 7x distilled vodka, 100% blue agave spirit, and Caribbean white rum. 

Whether you prefer to vacation or staycation, the best beach cocktails are made with SLIQ, giving you a taste of summer fun wherever you are. 

 

Sources:

  1. The Kitchen Community. 36 Easy Summer Cocktails. https://thekitchencommunity.org/summer-cocktails/