What is the Difference Between a Paloma vs Margarita?

Picture this: You’re in the mood for a tasteful cocktail that will elevate tonight’s stay-at-home plans. Something simple, but interesting. You have a freezer full of frozen margarita pops (a very good start), a bottle of tequila, and some limes. 

Perfect! You can opt for a classic Margarita or an under-the-radar Paloma. Each is endowed with tequila and lime, but the difference between Paloma and Margarita cocktails lies in their flavor profiles. While a margarita is sweet and sour, a Paloma is citrusy and sharp with notes of grapefruit flavor.

In this guide, we’ll explore what sets them apart from one another and detail a couple of delicious tequila-based recipes that include alcohol ice pops to incorporate into your night in.

Paloma vs Margarita: Sweeteners

Both a Paloma and a Margarita start with the same base ingredients: tequila, lime, and (usually) salt. However, from there, in terms of sugar and sweeteners, they diverge. It’s not uncommon for some people to think that a Paloma cocktail is simply a Margarita with grapefruit juice added. 

However, that’s not the case.

While a Paloma cocktail does use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, the difference between the two cocktails comes down to how each is sweetened:1

  • Margarita – While many batched Margarita recipes will use a sweet and sour mix or a Margarita mix,2 the traditional sweetener for a Margarita is an orange liqueur. Triple Sec or Cointreau are the most commonly used options. In addition, certain recipes call for agave syrup or some simple syrup to amp up the sweetness.
  • Paloma – Instead of an orange flavor, Palomas rely on a different type of citrus profile: grapefruit. The grapefruit flavor can come in the form of a grapefruit soda or fresh grapefruit juice. You could also use grapefruit zest for extra flavor. If grapefruit juice is used, club soda will also likely be added to give the Paloma an effervescent quality that separates it from the traditional margarita.

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Paloma vs Margarita: Flavors

Typically, Margaritas will taste sweeter than Palomas. That’s because fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is more bitter than orange liquor, which contains quite a bit of sweetness. As such, Palomas will have more of a bite and present more savory than the Margarita.

But that doesn’t mean Margaritas are always sweet. 

While many people may associate the drink with sugary, frozen varieties that have been popularized by chain restaurants, the classic Margarita is not an overly sweet drink. Still, the Paloma’s bitter qualities will make it the less sweet option amongst mixed drinks.

Supercharged Margarita Recipe

Now that we’ve established the difference between the Margarita and the Paloma, it’s time for the good stuff: making the drinks. These simple recipes are designed to be quick, easy, and delicious.

First up is a classic Margarita. While any SLIQ Margarita Pop by itself does the trick when it comes to a delicious margarita, there are a few ways to supercharge your marg. To start, you’ll need:3

Once you’ve compiled each of your ingredients, place them into a shaker and shake vigorously. Then pour the cocktail into a glass. 

You can garnish your glass with a salt rim, lime wedge, or both. Enjoy!

Using Your SLIQ Frozen Cocktail Pop

While this recipe calls for you to add your SLIQ pop into the shaker and shake it with the other ingredients, there is another option: Mix your margarita with regular ice. Then, break up your frozen margarita pop into your desired consistency and place it into the glass before straining your drink on top of the pop. This will provide more of a slushy consistency.

Paloma Recipe

Now let’s take a look at how to make a Paloma. For this one, you can put the shaker aside and build the cocktail right in the glass. You’ll need:4

To create your Paloma, you’ll want to add your ingredients into your glass in a very specific order. If you do go out of order, you won’t ruin the drink—it will just have a slightly different look. 

Let’s take a look at how to mix your Paloma:

  • Step 1: Add your tequila and lime juice to your glass.
  • Step 2: Add your SLIQ frozen cocktail pop (broken up to your desired consistency).
  • Step 3: Add your grapefruit juice.
  • Step 4: Add your club soda.
  • Step 5: Add a pinch of salt and give a quick stir.

While stirring the mixture will combine the ingredients slightly, you should end up with a pink drink that slowly gets lighter near the top of the glass. For garnish, you can use a lime wedge and salt rim. 

Or, you can tailor your drink with a grapefruit wedge or peel.

Pink Paloma cocktails

Taste the Difference with SLIQ

When comparing Paloma vs Margarita cocktails, there are no losers. Both drinks are classic tequila cocktails that combine a distinct agave flavor with the biting acidity of lime. 

And SLIQ frozen cocktail pops are the perfect addition to your cocktail game. Whether you’re looking for the perfect Cinco de Mayo cocktail recipes, or just looking to have a fun night with friends, their fruity flavors complement any cocktail and cool your drink without any worry of watered-down sips. Plus, it’s undeniable that SLIQ pops are delicious and refreshing on their own, too. 

Whether it’s a Paloma night or a Margarita afternoon, make it a SLIQ cocktail. If you’re also looking for easy tequila drinks to make with SLIQ alcohol ice pops, we’ve got you covered!

 

Sources: 

  1. Food Network. Friendly PSA: Palomas Are Way Better Than Margaritas. https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/recipes/palomas-are-better-than-margaritas 
  2. Mashed. The Real Difference Between A Paloma And A Margarita. https://www.mashed.com/364792/the-real-difference-between-a-paloma-and-a-margarita/  
  3. Liquor.com. Margarita. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/margarita/ 
  4. Food & Wine. Paloma. https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/paloma 

Step by Step Guide: How to Make A Paloma

Are you familiar with the Paloma cocktail? In America, this cousin of the Margarita has long been kept under wraps. So who exactly is this slightly bitter, savory tequila beverage?

This delightful drink is a Mexican favorite that’s infused with a tart secret ingredient—grapefruit juice. 

If you’re looking to become acquainted with the Paloma, this guide will go over everything you need to know about how to make a Paloma perfectly and how to pair it with an alcohol ice pop from SLIQ. Plus, we’ve added a few fun paloma recipe variations to the mix, too. 

Step #1: Prepare Your Ingredients

If you look into the history of the Paloma, you’re likely to find a tangled web of false claims, a book from the Rio Grande that may or may not have ever existed, and a man named Evan Harrison who was born long after he supposedly created the grapefruit flavored soda cocktail.1 

Thankfully, making a Paloma is a lot easier than discerning its origin story.

First things first, you need to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. While some people claim all you need to make a Paloma is tequila and some grapefruit soda,2 our recipe will be a little higher end.

Still, there aren’t too many Paloma drink ingredients for you to assemble:3

  • 2 ounces Blanco tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 SLIQ Spirited Ice Agave Classic Margarita Pop
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • Salt
  • Simple syrup or sugar (optional, to taste)
  • Lime wheel or grapefruit wedge (for garnish)

Once you have these ingredients, all you need is a glass, cocktail shaker, and a spoon, and you’re ready to start crafting your cocktail.

Ingredient Substitutions

One of the beautiful things about the Paloma is that there’s no one definitive way to make it. Do you prefer reposado tequila to Blanco? Go ahead and use it. You can even use mezcal to add a slightly smoky flavor.

Want something a little fruitier? Substitute a SLIQ Spirited Ice Agave Strawberry Margarita Pop for the original. And don’t be afraid to experiment. After all, the perfect cocktail for you is the one you enjoy the most! If you’re also looking to explore other cocktail options, or are wondering what the difference is between a paloma vs. margarita, we’ve got you covered!

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Step #2: Craft the Cocktail

Once you have all your ingredients assembled for the Paloma cocktail recipe, it’s time to put them together and start creating your Paloma. Unlike many cocktails, there’s no need for fancy equipment—you can make the drink right in your glass with a few simple steps:

  • Add your tequila and lime juice to the glass. If you’ve chosen to use sugar or simple syrup, you can add that now, as well.
  • Break up your SLIQ frozen cocktail pop and add it to the glass. No need to worry about it melting as the great taste of your SLIQ pop will only enhance your drink as it melts.
  • Add the fresh grapefruit juice.
  • Top off your drink with club soda. You can adjust the amount from the above recipe based on your preferences.
  • Add a pinch of salt.
  • Give the drink a quick stir or shake in a cocktail shaker.

That’s it! You’ve got yourself the perfect Paloma. You can start drinking right away, but to achieve the full effect and look like a true mixologist, you still need to consider your garnish.

Step #3: Garnish Your Paloma

As the saying goes, we taste first with our eyes. And while that statement is generally used when talking about food, it most certainly applies to cocktails, too. 

To that end, consider garnishing your Paloma with something that makes it stand out from the rest. You have a few options to choose from:

  • Wedge – Simply place a lime wedge, lime wheel, or grapefruit wedge on the edge of your glass.
  • Peel – Use a peeler and take off some of the rind of your grapefruit. Squeeze this rind over your glass to release the aromatics and fresh juice before placing the rind atop your drink.
  • Salt – Salt lovers can add a salt rim before making the drink. Rim your glass with a lime wedge first, then rub the glass over your preferred salt. Then go on to make the drink. If you do choose to salt your glass, you can omit the pinch of salt in the drink.4

Blood orange paloma cocktail on blue table background

Step #4: Consider Batching

This recipe is perfect if you just want to enjoy one Paloma by yourself, but what if you want to impress a few friends? Luckily, this is an easy recipe to batch. Just multiply your ingredients by the number of drinks you want to make. Then you can batch them in a couple of ways:

  • Option #1 – Combine your tequila, lime juice, and any sugar ahead of time. Then add the grapefruit juice, SLIQ pop, club soda, and salt as you prepare each drink.
  • Option #2 – Combine all the ingredients except the salt in a punch bowl or pitcher. All you have to worry about is garnishing the glasses and putting a pinch of salt in each as you serve.

Enjoy Better Cocktails with SLIQ

There’s no feeling quite like making the perfect cocktail—that first delicious sip says it all. Palomas can definitely be added to your list of Cinco de Mayo cocktail recipes and are really just perfect for any occasion! 

If you’re looking to elevate your cocktails game, throw SLIQ into the mix. Our frozen cocktail pops are undeniably flavorful, whether you’re enjoying a frozen margarita pop inside a Paloma or savoring a Blue Raspberry Vodka pop on its own. There are also numerous easy tequila recipes that pair well with our frozen cocktail pops.

Keep the good times flowing with SLIQ frozen cocktail pops. 

 

Sources: 

  1. Alcademics. Paloma History – Tracing the Facts and Fiction about this Tequila Cocktail’s History. https://www.alcademics.com/2017/11/paloma-history-tracing-the-facts-and-fiction-about-this-tequila-cocktails-history.html 
  2. Bon Appetit. Paloma. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/paloma 
  3. Food & Wine. Paloma. https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/paloma 
  4. Liquor.com. Paloma. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/paloma/ 

3 Different Cinco De Mayo Cocktail Recipes

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Contrary to what you may have heard, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. Rather, it is a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. And, other than in Puebla itself, it isn’t considered a major holiday in Mexico.1

Why are we supplying you with this minor history lesson? To equip you with a fun factoid you can tell your friends while sipping Cinco de Mayo cocktails with alcohol ice pops, of course.

If you’re planning on celebrating this Cinco de Mayo, you’ll need more than just Mexican history fun facts. To ensure you have the best party possible, you also need some delicious Cinco de Mayo cocktail recipes. Thankfully we’ve got three of our favorite Cinco de Mayo drinks lined up. So grab your SLIQ Spirited Ice frozen cocktail pops and let’s jump into some cocktail recipes that will make your Cinco de Mayo party a hit.

#1 Oaxacan Old Fashioned

The Oaxacan Old Fashioned is for those looking for a slightly fancier option. This drink is fun because it incorporates the smokiness of a mezcal cocktail with the flavor of tequila for a can’t-miss cocktail experience. It’s a refined choice and a crowd-pleaser.

To make a batch of six, you’ll need:2

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, add them together in a large pitcher and stir. 

Since your SLIQ frozen cocktail pops will impart some sweetness as they melt, you may want to wait and add them to each glass individually as you serve. For garnish, have some orange peels ready to place in each glass. If you’re looking for some easy tequila drinks to make, but are also looking to spice things up, this could be a great flavor substitute.

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#2 Michelada

Is your friend group more into beer than cocktails? No problem—we’ve got you covered. 

The Michelada is a beer meets Bloody Mary that comes in many variations. While this recipe uses tomato juice, lime, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, you can play around with your own ingredients or use your favorite pre-made bloody mary mix.

For this tasty treat, you’ll need the following to make six:3

  • 3 cans of 12-ounce light beer, preferably Mexican 
  • 36 ounces tomato juice 
  • 12 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Lemonade Pops
  • 2 ounces hot sauce (Tabasco is traditional, but you can sub in your favorite)

To make this batch, combine all your ingredients except your beer and your SLIQ pops. When you serve, place your SLIQ pop into your glass, fill it halfway with your batched drink, then add half a can of beer. 

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#3 Mezcal Negroni

Lastly, we have a drink for the lovers of all things smokey. If you’re looking for a boozy addition to your Cinco de Mayo party, a mezcal negroni may be just what you need. 

To make six drinks, you’ll need:4

Add all your booze together and stir. Keep your SLIQ pops to the side until you’re ready to serve them and then add the pops and your batched drink to the glass. Give another quick stir and you’re ready to enjoy this smoky, bitter, and boozy concoction.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with SLIQ

Celebrate Mexican culture with a variety of Mexican drinks that speak to the region’s diverse flavor profiles. And don’t be afraid to experiment—while a classic Margarita is sure to please, adding a few tasty additions to the mix can elevate any party. If you’re also wondering how to make a paloma or the difference between a paloma vs. margarita, we’ve got you covered!

Frozen margarita pops may be exactly what you need to keep your Cinco de Mayo party cool and delicious. And while they’re great in cocktails, they’re just as good on their own.

Have a great Cinco de Mayo party with SLIQ!

 

Sources: 

  1. Brittanica. Cinco de Mayo. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cinco-de-Mayo 
  2. Liquor.com. Oaxaca Old Fashioned. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/oaxacan-old-fashioned/  
  3. Chili Pepper Madness. MICHELADA RECIPE – SPICY MEXICAN BEER AND TOMATO JUICE COCKTAIL. https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/chili-pepper-recipes/drinks/michelada-recipe-traditional/ 
  4. New York Times Cooking. Mezcal Negroni. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019338-mezcal-negroni 
  5. Gimme Some Oven. Margaritas. https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/margarita-recipe/ 

4 Easy Tequila Drinks to Make at Home

Tequila is one of the most popular spirits in America. Last year, sales of tequila and mezcal grew at the second-largest pace in the entire spirit industry (behind only pre-mixed cocktails).1

With all that tequila flying off the shelves, you should be prepared with some go-to recipes for easy tequila drinks you can make at your next get-together. Thankfully tequila mixes easily with many ingredients, and when you add in the smokier mezcal option, you have plenty of cocktails to choose from. So, let’s look at 4 easy drinks to make with tequila that you can enjoy yourself or have ready when your tequila-loving friends come for a visit.

1. Dulce Diablo

The Dulce Diablo cocktail is a fiery mix of spicy and sweet. Its origin is unknown (it may have fallen from heaven, just like its namesake), but it’s notorious for its peppery ginger and jalapeno undertones. Its silver tequila base only adds fire to the flames—in all the tastiest ways. And, perhaps, best of all, it’s incredibly simple to make.

Ingredients

As it’s traditionally made with silver lime tequila, this is the perfect cocktail to enlist SLIQ’s tart Classic Margarita frozen cocktail pop. But you’ll also need a few more fixings:

Making the Drink

To make this drink, you’ll need a shaker and your assortment of ingredients:

  1. Add the silver tequila, jalapeno syrup, and ginger syrup to the shaker.
  2. Take your SLIQ frozen cocktail pop, crush it to the desired consistency, and add it to the shaker.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain and pour the cocktail into a glass.
  5. Top it off with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.

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2. Paloma

You can think of the Paloma as the margarita’s slightly bitter cousin. The addition of grapefruit gives this tequila drink a mild bite, while the use of club soda provides a refreshing effervescence.

Ingredients

If you have the ingredients for a margarita, you’ll only need a couple of additions to make your Paloma:2

Making the Drink

This is another drink where you can choose whether you want to salt the rim of your glass ahead of time. The process of making it is also very similar to making the margarita:

  • Add all the ingredients except your SLIQ pop and club soda into the cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice. 
  • Shake well. 
  • Strain into a highball glass.
  • Add your SLIQ frozen cocktail pop. Then, slowly add the club soda on top of the drink.
  • Garnish with a fresh lime or grapefruit wedge.

3. Bloody Maria

If your get-together is earlier in the day and you’re looking for more of a morning drink, look no further than the Bloody Maria. This easy recipe uses a pre-made mix, but if you’re feeling ambitious, you can always make a homemade mix suited to your specific taste.

Ingredients

It doesn’t get much easier than this:3

Making the Drink

It’s the morning, so you shouldn’t have to bother with a bunch of steps. Simply: 

  • Add the mix into a glass. Preferably, the mix should be chilled ahead of time.
  • Add the tequila.
  • Add the SLIQ pop.
  • Give it a quick stir to make sure the tequila doesn’t just sit on the top.

Garnishes

Since construction was easy for this drink, you can focus more of your efforts on the garnish. Start with a celery stalk (you can even use this as your stirrer). Then, you can basically add whatever else you want. 

Popular options include:

  • Olives
  • Hot sauce
  • Lime wedge
  • Salt
  • Cocktail onions
  • Pickles
  • Peppers
  • Bacon

There are no wrong garnishes here. Feel free to get as creative as you like.

4. Mezcal Old-Fashioned

For the smoke lovers, here’s a refined option that uses mezcal as the base spirit. It’s a fun option that many people may not have tried before, but it may just become your new favorite drink.

Ingredients

The ingredients on this can be a bit fluid. You can sub in different types of bitters (Peychaud’s or Fee Brothers would work), and you can use different sweeteners (simple syrup or a sugar cube). You can even sub some reposado tequila for some of the mezcal if you want a less smoky variation.4

Making the Drink

Since there’s no citrus in this drink, there’s no need to shake it. That means you can build it in the glass. Simply add all of the ingredients to a rocks glass and stir. To top it off, garnish with an orange peel. You might be interested in learning how to make spicy margaritas or low calorie tequila drinks.

Enjoy Your Drinks with SLIQ

There you have it—4 drinks that are sure to be a hit even though making them takes no sweat at all (though if you want to claim hard labor, we won’t tell). Of course, the easiest drink of all is to simply go to your freezer and grab a SLIQ frozen cocktail pop. In addition to our Agave Margarita Pops, we also offer frozen Whiskey Highball Pops, Vodka Slush Pops, and Rum Daiquiri Pops.

No matter what you’re in the mood for, SLIQ alcohol ice pops have you covered. Enjoy!

 

Sources: 

  1. CNBC. Tequila could overtake vodka as America’s favorite liquor as sales boom. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/05/tequila-could-overtake-vodka-as-americas-top-liquor-as-sales-boom.html 
  2. Bon Appetit. Paloma. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/paloma 
  3. A Couple Cooks. Bloody Maria. https://www.acouplecooks.com/bloody-maria/ 
  4. New York Times Cooking. Oaxaca Old-Fashioned. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012967-oaxaca-old-fashioned 
  5. Liquor.com. Margarita. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/margarita/ 

Step by Step Guide: How to Make Spicy Margaritas

There’s nothing quite like a good spicy margarita. The addition of spiciness to the normally tart margarita makes this a craveable beverage suited to anyone who likes to turn up the heat from time to time. And if you know how to make spicy margaritas at home, you can satisfy your cravings without turning the heat up on your wallet, as well.

There are many ways to make a homemade spicy margarita, but the best spicy margarita recipe is the one you’ll actually use. That’s why we’ll focus on keeping things simple without sacrificing any of the flavor you love. So, get your cocktail shaker ready—it’s spicy margarita time!

1. Choose Your Spice Method

The thing that sets the spicy margarita apart from the classic margarita is the spice. Since this recipe is meant to be as easy as possible, we’ll explore the least labor-intensive way to add spice, but there are other methods you can try:

  • Infusions – If you’ve got the time, you may just choose to infuse your tequila with heat. To do this, simply take two jalapeno peppers, slice them into thin strips, and put them into your tequila (you can use the tequila bottle, a mason jar, or any other type of vessel). Give it a quick shake, and let the mixture sit overnight. Then, strain out the peppers and seeds, and you’ll have yourself a ready-to-use spicy tequila.1
  • Spicy tequilas – Some brands sell jalapeno margarita tequila. You can also look for a chili liqueur (Ancho Reyes is a popular brand) that you can add to the recipe to kick up the spice level. This is an easy way to add spice without much work, but it’ll be a bit more expensive than simply using a pepper.2

In addition to these methods, you can change your spice profile by simply using a pepper other than the jalapeno. Habaneros are a popular option, but beware: the spicier the pepper, the less you’ll need to use to feel its effects.

2. Gather Your Ingredients

What will you need to make a spicy margarita? Thankfully, the drink is pretty straightforward. To start, you’ll need:3

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lime juice (if using fresh lime juice, this is about what you’ll get out of one lime) 
  • ½ ounce agave nectar (you can substitute another sweetener, like simple syrup, or go without for a “skinny spicy margarita” variety – read our post about how to make a skinny margarita or low calorie tequila drink recipes for more info!)
  • 1 SLIQ Spirited Ice Agave Classic Margarita Pop
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, diced
  • Ice
  • Salt (optional)

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3. Check Your Tools

Again, you won’t need much, but having a few bar tools will make the process much easier. These include:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Muddler (optional)
  • Citrus juicer (optional, but helpful if you’re using fresh limes)
  • Secondary strainer (optional; if you haven’t seeded your jalapenos, a secondary strainer can be useful to make sure there are no chunks in your drink)

4. Prepare the Glass

If you want a salted rim, simply place lime juice along the rim of your glass, then cover this area with salt (using a plate to hold the salt is advisable). 

Then, take out your SLIQ frozen cocktail pop and place it into the glass. This addition will ensure that as you drink your margarita, it won’t get watered down by melting ice. Instead, the flavor will be enhanced by your SLIQ pop.

5. Concoct the Drink

Once you have all your ingredients and tools ready, making the actual drink should be a breeze. The entire process should only take about one minute:

  • Put your diced jalapenos in the cocktail shaker and muddle them. If you choose, you can skip this step, as the jalapenos will naturally be muddled when you shake the drink. However, if you want to ensure you get all the spice possible, start here.
  • Add the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and agave to the shaker.
  • Add the ice to the shaker.
  • Be sure you seal the shaker, then shake vigorously. (Pro tip: if you shake close to your ear, you’ll be able to hear the ice as it breaks down, which is a sign you’ve shaken enough).
  • Strain your drink into your waiting glass.

6. Add a Garnish

No drink is truly complete until you’ve added the visual element of a garnish. While the salt rim is one element of garnish, you can also garnish your glass with:

  • Lime wedge
  • Lime wheel
  • Jalapeno wheel
  • Jalapeno strip
  • Orange peel (to accentuate the flavor of the triple sec)

7. Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy

No explanation is needed for this step, though pairing your drink with some chips and salsa (or guac) often helps maximize the enjoyment factor.

Enjoy Delicious Cocktails At Home with SLIQ

With this easy spicy margarita recipe, you’re set to bring the heat to the comfort of your own home. And, by using SLIQ Spirited Ice Agave Margarita Pops, you can take your time and savor your creation without it getting watered down by melting ice. Also, check out our post on how to create other easy tequila drinks at home.

Need to cool down after all that spice? Thankfully, SLIQ frozen cocktail pops are just as good on their own as they are in a cocktail. So, spice it up or cool it down—either way, SLIQ has you covered.  

 

Sources: 

  1. Food and Wine. How to Make Spicy Tequila and What to Do with It. https://www.foodandwine.com/drinks/how-make-spicy-tequila-and-what-do-it 
  2. Liquor.com. 6 Spicy Bottles to Heat Up Your Drinks. https://www.liquor.com/slideshows/spicy-liquor-bottles/ 
  3. Allrecipes. Jalapeno Margaritas. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/218313/jalapeno-margaritas/ 

SLIQ Spirited Ice: The Easiest Beach Cocktails

A refreshing, fruity cocktail and an endless, sandy beach go together like the moon and the tide. You simply can’t have one without the other. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on your towel or crushing it at the beach volleyball court, sipping on a handcrafted cocktail is the perfect way to help you unwind.

But when it comes to making your favorite beachy drinks, the prep work can become a hassle. Instead of lugging your entire bar cart across the sandy shore, opt for something simpler—without sacrificing flavor. 

Keep reading for some easy beach cocktails that will have you packing light and drinking right. Featuring SLIQ frozen cocktail pops, we’ll share three no-fuss recipes that are sure to impress. 

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Hit Refresh with a Crisp Paloma

Don’t get us wrong: we’re all for turning a glass of freshly-squeezed OJ into a tequila sunrise. Every once and a while, though, we like to mix it up with something a bit more unexpected.

Meet the fresh, elegant Paloma cocktail. A vacation palette cleanser if there ever was one, this grapefruit-drenched dreamboat of a drink will help you find your beach—whether or not you’re actually on vacation.

For a taste of Mexico’s most adored beverage, ready the following ingredients:

Now that you’ve gathered your ingredients, it’s time to work your magic and take flight:

  • Choose your glassware – Never underestimate the power of the glassware when it comes to setting the tone for cocktail hour. Highball sets are perfect for long, languorous afternoons spent beachside, but if you really want to elevate the golden hour, break out a stemmed set, like classic champagne flutes.
  • Add the salt – Heap your salt of choice on a saucer and give the rim of each glass a good old-fashioned rub down with your grapefruit wedge. Then, finely dip each glass rim into the salt.
  • Stir up your beverage – Mix the grapefruit juice, lime juice, and mezcal or tequila. Once stirred, finish with a bath of club soda.
  • Complete with a pop – Grapefruit on its own can be astringent to sip on, but don’t reach for the sugar. Instead, garnish each beverage with a SLIQ pop to balance out the bitter and keep your palomas chilled to perfection.

Not sure which SLIQ flavor to choose? We love the Classic Margarita for a dryer finish, but if you’re craving a bit more sweetness, gussy up your cocktail with Mango or Strawberry. 

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Ride the Waves with the Rum Runner

Known more as a summer cocktail, but even on a chilly day, this rum-based drink will have you dreaming of tropical islands, palm trees, and floral leis in no time. A mixture of colorful fruits and fruity boozes, the rum runner cocktail recipe is easy to follow—and to personalize. Break out the shaker and grab the following ingredients to get started:2 

  • 1 oz dark rum 
  • 1 SLIQ Spirited Ice Rum Pineapple Daiquiri Pop
  • 1 oz pineapple juice or another tart fruit juice such as mango, lime, or grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz banana liqueur or creme de ananas
  • ½ oz blackberry liqueur
  • A splash of grenadine
  • Fresh fruit of your choice for garnishing, including pineapple, lime, strawberries, blackberries, orange, and maraschino cherries
  • Fresh ice for the shaker and the cocktail glass

This may be a mouthful of ingredients, but the explosion of flavor to come will be worth it. Follow these instructions to put your drink together: 

  • Shake it like you mean it – Add all the ingredients except for the fresh fruit to your cocktail shaker. Continue shaking until it’s well blended.  
  • Style it pretty – Grab a hurricane glass, highball glass, or tumbler, and add ice to the bottom. Empty the liquid from the shaker into the glass. Add and arrange your favorite fruits to create a drink that’s unique to you. 

 barman' hands holding in an interesting blue cocktail on the blurred background

Sip on Paradise with the Blue Lagoon

If you want a drink that blends in with the ocean, look no further than this vodka-based beach cocktail that comes in waves of sweet and sour. The blue lagoon not only looks like sparkling blue seawater, but it tastes just as refreshing. Grab these ingredients to get sipping:3

Follow these steps to pack paradise in a glass: 

  • Crush the pops – Part of what gives this refreshing cocktail its dreamy consistency is the crushed ice inside, so throw your frozen cocktail pops in your shaker, and work them into a slush using your muddler. If you’d like more ice, crush some cubes in the same way and add them to the mix. 
  • Mix it up – Add the blue curacao, simple syrup, and lemon juice to your shaker. Shake until the outside is cold to the touch.4
  • Strain it out – Put crushed or cubed ice in your cocktail glass as desired. Pour your delectable mixture into the glass. Finish it off by adding a straw, an orange rind, or a cherry on top. 

SLIQ: The Perfect Pop for All Your Good Times

Whether you’re heading to the beach or your bestie’s, choose from one of our carefully crafted frozen alcohol pops, featuring three types of spirits and nine unique flavors. Throw a SLIQ Spirited Ice Rum Coconut and Lime Daiquiri Pop in your cooler for those tropical temperatures, or keep it cool with a SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Blue Raspberry Pop. Looking for a drink to enjoy once you head inside post sunset? Our selection of whiskey ice pops coming in Apple, Cola and Ginger flavors will set the stage for the evening festivities.

Made with premium ingredients, our pops are perfect alone or paired with a few complementary flavors. So what are you waiting for? With SLIQ, you experience good times only

 

Sources: 

  1. Bon Appetit. Paloma. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/paloma
  2. The Spruce Eats. Rum Runner Cocktail. https://www.thespruceeats.com/rum-runner-recipes-759800 
  3. A Couple Cooks. Blue Lagoon Cocktail. https://www.acouplecooks.com/blue-lagoon-cocktail/ 
  4. BBC. Blue Lagoon. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/blue-lagoon 
  5. Delish. Frozen Margaritas. https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a27796403/best-frozen-margaritas-recipe/ 
  6. Bon Appetit. This Is Important: How Not to Screw Up Homemade Frozen Cocktails. https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/common-mistakes/article/frozen-cocktails-common-mistakes 
  7. The Cookful. Salting That Rim – Let’s Do It! https://thecookful.com/salting-that-rim-lets-do-it/ 

 

Celebrate Warm Weather With These Summer Vodka Drinks

The first days of summer are a delight as you lounge under a tree by the lake or soak up the sun during a mid-morning picnic. There’s something about the season that makes you want to savor the moment, whether it’s hosting a small get-together for the neighbors, enjoying some quiet time under the stars, or throwing the backyard bash of the year. 

But as the days drag on and the dog days come, the sweltering sun can become endless and unchanging. If you’re left wondering what day of the week it is, there’s nothing like the cool touch of an iced summer cocktail to your lips to get you out of the funk. 

Keep reading for some easy-to-make summer vodka drinks to get you inspired. We’ll cover the basic ingredients and directions, then share ideas for how to add your own twist. 

#1 Hard Lemonade on Ice for Your Backyard BBQ

Turn that casual cookout into an upscale affair by infusing your lemonade with smooth, polished 7X distilled vodka—and make it a slush for an extra tasty treat. But before you can pour your delectable mixture into a crystal clear highball glass, you’ve got to make it first. Start with the following ingredients:1

Grab and blender and a saucepan to tackle these next steps: 

  • Simmer and cool – Combine the sugar and water in a small pan on the stove. Bring it to a simmer, and then let the mixture cool. Pro tip: to skip this step, use 3oz of simple syrup as your sugar water replacement.   
  • Blend it together – Throw your frozen cocktail pops into the blender along with the lemon juice. Add ice cubes and sugar water (or simple syrup) to your desired consistency and taste. Blend it together and serve. Garnish with a lemon rind and a sugar rim for a touch of sweetness. Pro tip: replace the lemon juice with lime juice for a lemon-lime summer vodka cocktail that’s sure to be refreshing.

Make it Blue

If you’re looking for a fusion of fruity flavors and a bold pop of color, switch out your lemonade pops for the SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Blue Raspberry Pops instead. Add in 1-2 tablespoons of blue raspberry syrup to finish it off.2 

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#2 Keep it Sharp with a Summery Screwdriver

Put an innovative spin on a classic screwdriver by adding some much-needed tartness. Swap out the traditional orange-flavored base with a grapefruit variation to impress even the toughest cocktail critics. 

Start by gathering the following ingredients:3 

Then, put your mixology skills to the test: 

  • Juice, juice, juice – The first step is to make the grapefruit juice itself. To do so, grab your blender and fill it with the grapefruit, water, and sugar. Blend for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until you’ve reached your desired consistency. If you don’t like pulp, strain it out.4
  • Keep it shaking – Put your SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Pops into a cocktail shaker and add the grapefruit juice. You may not need to use all of your juice—just enough to please your palette. Shake it well. 
  • Assemble your drink – Grab a highball glass, add some ice cubes, and pour in your mixture. Finish it off with a thin slice of grapefruit to hug the lip of the glass. 

Fizz It Up

Rather than use only grapefruit juice in your shaker, go half and half with grapefruit juice and club soda for even more freshness.5 This is the perfect way to satisfy your craving for tartness without settling for something too sweet. 

#3 Coast by with a Cape Cod Cocktail

A dream beach getaway isn’t complete without a drink to match. What better cocktail to have in your hand while you sit under an umbrella enjoying the breeze than the elegant Cape Cod Cocktail? 

To create this stunning dark red vodka cocktail, gather the following ingredients:6 

If you left your shaker at home, you’re in luck. All you need is a Collins glass to put this drink together. Start with your SLIQ frozen cocktail pops, then add a dash of cranberry juice and black cherry liqueur. Stir the frozen pops around to combine them with other ingredients. Thanks to the pops, this sipper is cold as is. Feel free to add an ice cube or two, if desired. Be sure to check out our other easy beach cocktails and be transported to paradise.

SLIQ: Elevated Ingredients to Take You to the Next Level

Don’t miss out on the warm weather. For your next daytime outing, weekend getaway, or annual summer trip, grab a handful of SLIQ frozen cocktail pops to fuel your day. 

But even as summer fades to fall, there’s no reason to put an end to the fun. SLIQ frozen cocktail pops are the perfect accompaniment to any season. 

Be sure to try our other premium liquor offerings, as well, such as our 100% Blue  Agave Margarita Pops in classic, mango, and strawberry flavors, or our Caribbean White Rum Daiquiri Pops in coconut & lime, pineapple, and strawberry flavors. 

Get a taste of our high-quality ingredients, and you won’t go back. SLIQ might just be the flavor you’re missing. 

Sources: 

  1. Baking Mischief. Homemade Hard Lemonade for Two. https://bakingmischief.com/hard-lemonade-for-two/ 
  2. Salt and Baker. Blue Raspberry Lemonade. https://saltandbaker.com/blue-raspberry-lemonade/ 
  3. Mix that Drink. Screwdriver Drink Recipe. https://mixthatdrink.com/screwdriver/ 
  4. Savory Thoughts. Haitian Grapefruit Juice Recipe. https://www.savorythoughts.com/grapefruit-juice-recipe/ 
  5. My Crazy Good Life. Sparkling Screwdriver Recipe.  ​https://mycrazygoodlife.com/sparkling-screwdriver-recipe/ 
  6. Wine Enthusiast. The Cape Cod Cocktail. https://www.winemag.com/gallery/10-summer-vodka-cocktails/#gallery-carousel-2 

What Is a Mixologist?

Whether you’re throwing a casual poolside get-together or hosting an upscale cocktail party on the patio, nobody is more welcome than the person behind the bar. If you love whipping up piña coladas and dirty martinis for your guests, you might have what it takes to be a mixologist. 

But what is a mixologist and how is it different from bartending? While the two roles have an overlap, a mixologist goes beyond the practice of mixing drinks to study the art and craft behind it.1 

So if you’re constantly putting your unique twist on classic drinks, you may have just found your new calling. Keep reading to learn more about mixology and how you can start mixing up some magic today.  

Mixology 101

From your bumping backyard brunch to the hot fusion restaurant downtown, venues of all sizes require the services of mixologists. You might find a mixologist breaking out the goods on a number of occasions, such as:2  

  • Opening night for the new speakeasy on the block. The mixologist behind the bar is typically the one who builds their signature cocktails from the ground up.  
  • Your best friend’s wedding reception, where the mixologist has been tasked with whipping up some easy beach cocktails to match the beach-themed wedding.
  • The front page of a notable magazine, which features an article by a mixologist on the evolution of rum-based drinks. 

In other words, mixologists can sometimes be found behind the bar, putting their theory into practice. Other times, their work is research-based, with a heavy emphasis on mastering the tastes, trends, and traditions of the cocktail world. 

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Put Your Mixology Skills to the Test

This fancy term may elicit imagery of chemistry labs, intricate pouring techniques, and silvery shaker sets. But at its core, mixology is not only a skill, but a study. This means that, with experimentation and practice, there are plenty of ways for you to learn the craft. 

If you’re ready to become the cocktail whisperer, grab your liquor or spirit of choice, your bar kit, and get started with these tips to be on your way to crafting great drinks:  

  • Read up before you drink up – Top-notch mixologists dig deep into the history of cocktails, reviewing periodicals and archives on various drinks.2 While you don’t need an encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails to get started, it sure helps to sprinkle in some history. After all, you must know the traditions of the trade in order to break them. 
  • Find your resources – You don’t need to attend bartending school to become a master mixologist. When it comes to mixology, curiosity and self-study can get you a long way. From videos to books to articles, there is a wealth of online resources to cover the fundamentals. Find recipes that are known to work, such as one of SLIQ’s recipe guides, and add your own flair as you become more comfortable. 
  • Practice, practice, practice – Whether it’s getting professional bartending experience, taking a mixology class, or manning and stocking your at-home bar, the most important part of the equation is to practice making mixed drinks. There’s no better excuse to throw a party or a tasting event. As you learn the craft, you can also teach others as a way to hone your own skills. 

Tips for Mastering the Mixer

A crucial part of mixology is the mixer, which is the non-alcoholic liquid added to the liquor itself.3 Mixers come in an endless variety, with some common ones being:4 

  • Juices
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Fruit purees
  • Simple syrups

As a mixologist, making your own mixer is where you can really shine. Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist in search of a few new tricks or a beginner who’s eager to get started off on the right foot, keep these factors in mind to level up your cocktail recipe game: 

  • Find premium ingredients – Concocting a premium cocktail means using premium ingredients. Since a mixed drink usually consists of no more than a handful of ingredients, a low-quality mixer can easily be picked out, disrupting the balance of flavors or aromas.5  
  • Doctor it up – Avoid the hassle of making everything from scratch by starting with a high-quality base ingredient. A SLIQ frozen cocktail pop, featuring a variety of liquors and flavors, is a terrific place to start. From here, you can easily add your own twist, throwing in a homemade herb- or fruit-infused syrup for a craft cocktail that’s uniquely yours.6
  • When in doubt, use tonic water – Remember that making the perfect cocktail doesn’t always require reinventing the wheel. In fact, you can keep it simple with the classic mixer, tonic water.7 Add a SLIQ Spirited Vodka Cranberry and Grapefruit Pop for the perfect flavor combination of bitter and sweet. 

SLIQ: Mixology Made Simple

Whether you’re preparing for the long-awaited family reunion or kicking back for a warm campfire drink on a chilly night, we know you want good times only. That begins with having the right ingredients. 

SLIQ’s  frozen cocktail pops are made with premium vodka, rum, and agave spirit. Plus, they’re infused with tastefully crafted flavors, providing endless possibilities for the perfect alcoholic drink. It’s no wonder why people love our vodka ice pops, rum ice pops, margarita ice pops, and newly released whiskey ice pops.

Get creative and get mixing with SLIQ today

Sources: 

  1. The Spruce Eats. What Is Mixology in the Contemporary Cocktail Scene? https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-mixology-759941 
  2. Master Class. What’s the Difference Between a Mixologist and a Bartender? https://www.masterclass.com/articles/whats-the-difference-between-a-mixologist-and-a-bartender#what-is-mixology 
  3. Dummies. Basics of Drink Mixers for Your Barhttps://www.dummies.com/article/business-careers-money/careers/hospitality-careers/basics-of-drink-mixers-for-your-bar-152370 
  4. Food Network. How to Pair Mixers with Alcohol. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/how-to-pair-mixers-with-alcohol 
  5. FSR. These Premium Mixers Will Be Your Bar’s Secret Weapon. https://www.fsrmagazine.com/beverage/these-premium-mixers-will-be-your-bars-secret-weapon 
  6. Cheers Magazine. 14 Tips and Tricks from Masters of Mixology. https://cheersonline.com/2015/06/11/14-tips-and-tricks-from-masters-of-mixology/ 
  7. Independent. 10 Best Drink Mixers. https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/food-drink/spirits/best-drink-mixers-tonic-waters-with-vodka-gin-coke-reviews-brands-a7777526.html 

 

3 Festive Easter Drink Ideas for Adults

Easter table

Between the chocolate, the jellybeans, and the bunnies galore, Easter brings so much sweet splendor for kids to delight in. You have fields full of painted eggs and row upon row of tooth-achingly sweet, canary yellow Peeps for the kids—but what do Mom and Dad have to look forward to (other than stealing a few chocolate eggs for themselves)?  

For adults, too, Easter can be a time of celebration and indulgence, especially because it provides the perfect occasion to craft festive springtime cocktails. 

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect holiday libation, look no further. We’ve brought you our favorite Easter drink ideas featuring SLIQ’s alcohol ice pops below. Not only do they get top marks for taste and creativity, but they’ll also keep you busy while the kiddos hunt for eggs.
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#1 Peep-a Colada

Here’s a creamy, dreamy concoction that’s bound to delight your favorite peeps. Borrowing its name from the classic Easter confection, the Peep-a Colada is every bit as indulgent as the nostalgic marshmallow treat and every bit as crowd-pleasing as the iconic rum-spiked cocktail.

If you’re eager to get your Easter party off to a hopping start with this frozen rum drink, begin by assembling the following ingredients:

From there, making your Peep-a-Colada is a walk in the park: 

  • Combine ingredients – Simply pour every ingredient, including the SLIQ Rum Ice Pop, into a blender and blend, adding ice a little bit at a time until you reach the desired consistency. 
  • Garnish and serve – Pour the mixture into a Hurricane glass and top with a dollop of whipped cream to resemble a nest. The whip cream is optional, but it does dress your drink up with an adorable add-on. Finally, place a Peep on top of the whipped cream “nest” and enjoy!

Tip: Up the ante on this indulgence this Easter by replacing the crushed ice in this cocktail with a small scoop of pineapple sherbert. Not only will this substitution increase tropical sweetness, but it will also lend a festive pop of color. 

#2 The Jessica Rabbit

Mimosa cocktailSomebunny told us that the surest way to get in the Easter spirit is with this garden-inspired cocktail. With bright, assertive flavors that smack of spring, we think they’re on to something. 

Like the voluptuous cartoon character of the same name, the Jessica Rabbit cocktail is all about proportions: a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and all the way irresistible with its fiery orange, sumptuous display. 

But this cocktail doesn’t depend on looks alone. It’s driven by flavor. Jalapeno gives a heady kick, while a splash of carrot juice evokes the freshness of the season, especially when partnered with an herbaceous cilantro garnish. 

Vegetables? In a cocktail? Yup, it’s practically a healthy food. 

And while the traditional Jessica Rabbit cocktails depend on a shot or two of tequila for their Easter punch recipe,1 we’re swapping in SLIQ’s Frozen Agave Margarita Ice Pops to give this Easter cocktail recipe a lighter, more premium chill. 

Yes, you can have one at brunch. Yes, you can have another. 

To make the Jessica Rabbit frozen tequila drink, first gather the following ingredients: 

Next, get to crafting your cocktail:

  • Muddle your ice pops – In this cocktail, alcoholic ice pops serve a dual purpose: playing the role of spirit and ice. To prepare them for their big moment, simply place them in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or mixing glass and crush them with a muddler until they break into small chunks (about the size of crushed ice). Then, transfer the pieces into a Collins glass, and stick the glass in the freezer.
  • Shake it up – Take your cocktail shaker and add the Cointreau, carrot juice, orange juice, simple syrup, jalapeno, and ice. Shake until the drink is well-chilled (the shaker should feel cold to touch).
  • Combine and serve – Remove the Collins glass from the freezer. Strain the contents of your cocktail shaker into the glass over the alcoholic ice pops. And for that final flair? Gussy up your drink in its Sunday best. Garnish your cocktail with a sprig of cilantro and a baby radish. Cheers to spring, to the holiday, and to finally enjoying those five servings of veggies! 

#3 Strawberry Fields 

Springtime? More like spritz time. 

Herbaceous, tart, and in a perfect-for-Easter shade of pastel pink, this sweet little frozen fruit cocktail is not only easy on the eyes, but it’s also incredibly easy to make (like, a lot easier than decorating all those Easter eggs, thank goodness). 

To start your spritz, simply assemble a handful of high-quality ingredients, including:

Now, put the painted Easter egg aside to dry, and break out the mixology kit:

  • Combine your tasty ingredients – In the bottom of a cocktail shaker or mixing glass, combine the strawberries, sugar, mint, and ice pop. 
  • Muddle away – Using a muddler and all of your upper body strength, crush the ingredients together until they’re broken up into small pieces and roughly combined. 
  • Mix it all together to serve – Scoop the mixture into the bottom of a large wine glass and top with sparkling rosé. Garnish with more mint and strawberries and enjoy responsibly (as in, don’t let the success of this cocktail go to your head; otherwise, you may not fit into your adorable Easter bonnet).

Celebrate with SLIQ

Whether you’re celebrating Easter or simply toasting to the sunnier days ahead, SLIQ alcohol ice pops make the perfect springtime companion. Keep our premium, fruit-flavored ice pops on hand to wow with an Easter alcoholic drink—or simply to bring to your next picnic, brunch gathering, or mixology moment. 

No matter what flavor you choose, or which Easter-inspired recipe you decide to craft, we guarantee you’ll find yourself in a celebratory spirit. 

Sources: 

  1. Liquor. Jessica Rabbit. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/jessica-rabbit/

3 of the Best Frozen Fruit Cocktail Drinks To Make at Home

Ah, a staycation. The thermostat’s set to a balmy 76. A colorful Hawaiian shirt drapes over your finest pajamas. There’s time, at last, to stream every episode of your favorite TV show—twice. All you need to make the most of your chilled-out vibe? 

A beverage that’s frosty, fruity, and a little bit boozy. 

Enter the frozen fruit cocktails of your day-drinking dreams. Whether you’re in the mood for something tropical, citrus-spiked, or bursting with berry brightness, we have a delicious frozen drink recipe featuring SLIQ’s alcohol ice pops to suit your sweet tooth, no matter the temperature outside.

So break out the blender, put on your “Beach Don’t Kill My Vibe” playlist, and read on below for our favorite frozen fruit cocktail recipes.Spicy Watermelon Tequila Slushy

#1 Spicy Watermelon Tequila Slushy

A welcome new addition to your at-home cocktail arsenal? A frozen fruit libation that’s not afraid to spice things up. Meet the Spicy Watermelon Tequila Slushy—guaranteed to keep you cool during the dog days of summer and bring the heat through the dead of winter. 

In this spicy spin on a classic frozen Margarita, jalapeno adds a welcome intensity and compelling complexity to sweet, refreshing watermelon. 

To get started making this skinny margarita, assemble the following ingredients, including some of SLIQ’s frozen margarita pops, and you’ll have almost everything you need to transform your kitchen into Cabo San Lucas:

  • 1 cup frozen watermelon pieces (seedless)
  • 1 ¼-inch thick jalapeno slice 
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 ounce Tequila Blanco
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 SLIQ Spirited Ice Agave Classic Margarita Pop
  • Crushed ice (as needed)
  • Lime wedge (to garnish)
  • Jalapeno slice (to garnish)

From there, it’s time to whip up this watermelon wonder: 

  • Combine ingredients – First, toss and pour all of the ingredients into your blender and mix. To achieve the perfect chill without sacrificing the kick, add the ice in small increments at first and increase the amount as needed. 
  • Pour and serve – When you’ve achieved your desired consistency, pour the mixture into your glass of choice (we love an oversized Margarita glass, but your favorite tumbler will do in a pinch) and garnish with a wedge of lime and jalapeno slice. 
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#2 The Miami Vice

If you believe that the only thing better than a frozen fruit cocktail is two frozen fruit cocktails, you’ll want to get to know the Miami Vice. 

Forged by the occasionally lethal, always luxurious combination of two classic rum-based cocktails—the Piña Colada and the Strawberry Daiquiri—this creamy, indulgent classic cocktail feels just as essential at a book club as it does at the beach club (and yes, that includes the makeshift Club Maeva in your living room).

First concocted in the 1980s, the Miami Vice is a product of its time—as colorful, over the top, and high-spirited as a Jane Fonda workout tape.1 But this tempting cocktail has endured throughout the decades (unlike, say, the 80s television show that bears the same name). 

Plus, the Miami Vice is refreshingly simple to make at home. All you’ll need is need your trusty blender, a Hurricane glass, and the following ingredients:

Assembling the Miami Vice is as easy as one-two-three:

  • Make the strawberry mix – Combine half of the rum, the SLIQ Strawberry Daiquiri Pop, strawberries, lime juice, simple syrup, and crushed ice in your blender and mix until you reach a smooth consistency. Pour the mixture into the bottom of your Hurricane glass and place it in your freezer to chill. 
  • Concoct the colada – Clean out your blender, then add the rest of the rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, SLIQ Coconut & Lime Daiquiri Pop, and ice as needed. Blend until you reach a smooth consistency. 
  • Combine and serve – Fetch your Hurricane glass from the freezer and slowly pour the coconut mixture on top of the strawberry layer. Garnish with a pineapple slice and enjoy!
  • Grapefruit Mimosa cocktail

#3 Frozen Grapefruit Mimosa 

Looking for the perfect cocktail to serve at your next brunch party? This Frozen Grapefruit Mimosa, featuring SLIQ’s vodka ice pops, makes a sparkling companion for any daytime fête. 

Pared down and grown-up, this citrus vodka drink is part sparkle, part slushy, and wholly refreshing. With this sophisticated yet vibrant combination of flavors, the result is a decidedly elegant, slightly effervescent cocktail—a balanced, refined departure from jumbo-sized tiki drinks (and jumbo-sized sugar crashes). 

Fancy serving up this boozy, fruity, spring vodka cocktail? Begin by gathering:

With this all-star line-up assembled, the rest comes easily:

  • Combine the good stuff – To make your frozen mimosa, simply combine the grapefruit juice, SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Cranberry & Grapefruit Pop, Aperol, and crushed ice in your blender and mix until you reach your desired consistency. 
  • Garnish and serve – Pour this mixture into a champagne glass or coupe glass, top with prosecco, and enjoy! 

SLIQ—For Your New Favorite Fruit Cocktails

Whether you’re planning a tropical staycation or an at-home happy hour, we’re here to fulfill your frozen, fruity dreams. 

Thanks to SLIQ Spirited Ice’s range of refreshing, fruit-forward alcohol ice pops, whipping up a batch of high-quality alcoholic drinks with frozen fruit at home has never been easier—or more delicious. 

Ready to find your next favorite frozen fruit cocktail? Just pop on over. 

Sources: 

  1. Liquor. Miami Vice. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/miami-vice/