- Value: 17/20
- Functionality: 20/20
- Quality: 18/20
- Aesthetics: 20/20
- Taste: 17/20
SLIQ Spirited Ice creates ready-to-enjoy boozy frozen ice pops. All it takes is about eight hours in the freezer and the pops are ready to snip, squeeze and enjoy. There are currently three different liquor packs—vodka, rum and agave spirit—to choose from, and each one contains three different flavors inspired by popular cocktails.
Our favorite thing about them is that they’re super easy to transport, unlike a cocktail shaker or pitcher. A cooler full of pops weighs way less than, say, a cooler full of beer, and they also take up less space, so you can pack more than usual. Even better, though they’re designed to be enjoyed frozen, you can totally use the liquid inside each pop as a mixer or floater in a homemade cocktail if you’d like. (Don’t worry if you need to re-freeze them after they’ve defrosted; this won’t affect the taste or safety of the pops.)
You don’t need to sweat the plastic wrapper either, since SLIQ has a partnership with TerraCycle, an international waste management company that recycles otherwise unrecyclable materials. Every pound of plastic you mail in scores you a $1 TerraCycle credit, which you can donate to a charity or nonprofit of your choice.
Unlike many popular cocktails, SLIQ’s freezer pops are also pretty modest in the nutrition department. Each one only contains 90 to 100 calories, since they’re sweetened with sucralose. The pops’ feel-good numbers are also in part due to their lower alcohol content (each pop is equivalent to about half a cocktail), but because the pops have less liquid than a standard drink, each one still has an 8 percent ABV. They’re also gluten- and allergen-free, vegan and kosher.
While SLIQ isn’t currently available for purchase online, there’s a handy store locator that will help you find a pack near you. (You can also check Drizly if you’re avoiding a trip to the liquor store.) Prices typically average out to about $2 per freezer pop (which is basically the same as paying for half a $4 cocktail), so it’s certainly cheaper than a night at the bar. We think it’s especially worth the buy if you’re hosting a crowd (handing out ice pops > playing bartender all day) or if you like knowing the exact nutrition facts of every cocktail you consume.
Before you shop, read on for our favorite flavor in each pack.