From a mobile mini bar unveiling to the landing of adults-only ice pops in Arizona, check out these three local alcohol launches, just in time for summertime entertaining and poolside lazing.
SLIQ Spirited Ice
Sunscreen, floppy hat, cushy towel…and adults-only freezer pops. SLIQ Spirited Ice recently expanded its distribution to Arizona and is now firmly on our must-have list for poolside lounging this summer. The premium, portable hard freezer pops are made by The Jel Sert Company, which created the famous Fla-Vor-Ice tubes, and brought the same idea to the 21-and-over set. Revelers are invited to pick their poison (SLIQ Spirited Ice is available in vodka, agave and rum at 8 percent ABV) and enjoy a variety of flavors, based on the spirit base, including classic margarita and coconut and lime daiquiri. Each pop is naturally flavored with ingredients that are gluten-free, vegan and kosher. Plus, SLIQ Spirited Ice is less than 100 calories. In honor of Earth Month, through the SLIQ Recycling Program, consumers can send in all empty SLIQ Spirited Ice plastic tubes to TerraCycle to be recycled for free charge in exchange for rewards to charities of their choice. SLIQ Spirited Ice is available at Alberton’s, Walmart and Safeway for $17.99 for packs of nine.
If you consider yourself a White Claw fan, meet Becky, a brand-new hard seltzer that has launched exclusively in Phoenix. Founded by Sheldon Wiley, a local, record-holding mixologist, and Eric Burdick, a leader in the Scottsdale nightlife scene, the full-bodied canned seltzer is available in four summer-friendly flavors: pink lemonade, passion fruit, mango and tropical cherry. This self-proclaimed “personality juice” has 100 calories, 5 percent ABV and 1 gram of sugar per can. Becky is sold at select retailers including Total Wine, BevMo and AJ’s Fine Foods, along with at a number of local restaurants and bars including The Porch, Bevvy, Sip, Diego Pops, Montauk, Maya Day and Nightclub, Bottled Blonde, El Hefe, Riot House, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, RnR, Loco Patron, Sandbar and Pemberton PHX, to name a few.
Blue Clover Mobile Bars
Old Town Scottsdale’s first microdistillery, Blue Clover Distillery, has launched two bar options on wheels for your next event. The first option, a 22-ft.-long mobile horse trailer turned full-service craft cocktail bar, offers a picture-perfect backdrop for your event. For more intimate gatherings, a fully-customizable mobile mini bar requires only a 6-ft.-by-6-ft. space for full-service cocktails and bartending. In addition to craft cocktails, the roving bars will serve up Blue Clover’s own farm-to-bottle spirits, wines, beers and non-alcoholic beverages for all events, ranging from weddings to graduations to backyard barbecues. The Blue Clover team will handle the delivery, set up, take down and provide necessary equipment; a bar package with drink supplies and optional add-ons are available, as well.