It's "Phrosties" Time For New York City, But Not If Sen. Chuck Schumer Has Anything To Do With It
A slushie with alcohol in it that's delivered to my door? Hmm, sounds tempting, except for the fact that no one seems to know where it came from, or what on earth's in them. They're called Phrosties, and the only way to get one is by sending a text message to an unknown number, previously listed on the Phrosties Instagram page, give your NYC-based address and handle to an Instagram account, and wait for someone to show up at your door with your order. Nope, not at all creepy.
Although the Phrosties Instagram page has almost, but not completely, been deleted, the New York Post reports that Phrosties had about 16,000 followers, and claimed to be the "best tasting fruit slushies in NYC." Flavors range from Tsunami Sunrise to Irish Bomb to Volcanic Paradise, and cost $10 each. But this latest craze is probably coming to an end, as an investigation has been launched by New York State Liquor Authority, and is being targeted by Senator Chuck Schumer.
According to New York Magazine, Sen. Schumer said:
A 12-year-old can probably buy these "sloshies" online, get it and enjoy it because it's filled with fruit juice and fruit punch and all the things that taste sweet and nice. A few weeks ago, I talked about powdered alcohol. I'm making an effort to prevent that from being sold. I would like to see the same thing happen to these "sloshies" if they're not regulated. The State Liquor Authority is investigating as well.
New York Magazine writer Alexis Swerdloff took it a step further, ordering some of the Phrosties to delivered to the New York Magazine offices, and says the process took about two hours. Swerdloff says "it's like drinking frozen Kool-Aid, mixed with Red Bull and spiked with 150-proof Everclear."
Wow. Could those actually be the ingredients? No one knows for sure, but Swerdloff did asked Adam Platt, a renowned restaurant critic at the magazine, for his take on the whole alcohol slushie thing.
This is just pure sugar and grain alcohol [after the first taste]. I already have a headache. After the first sip, you're loving the sugar. After the third sip, you're thinking how pretty the colors look and why you can't feel your lips? After chugging the whole thing, who cares? You're lying blotto on the sidewalk and all is bliss.
Yup, sounds reeeally safe. Is the company and the geniuses behind completely gone for good? Hmm, I kind of, sort of wish they were, but that's not likely just yet. They'll probably lay low for a little while to figure out another delivery method, just in time for 4th of July weekend...
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