With the weather warming up, we’re already thinking of ways to keep cool this summer. And since many of us are spending more hours at home, it’s the perfect time to peruse the bar cabinet, dust off what’s in your wine storage cabinet, and get creative in your home bar by making some boozy popsicles.
Many of your favorite summer cocktails can be transformed into fruity, boozy popsicles with just a few tweaks. Cool and refreshing, these sweet treats are a delicious way to beat the heat and unwind in your backyard or on the patio. Here are a few fabulous ideas.
Pop a bottle of Prosecco, and celebrate the first day of summer by whipping up some fizzy popsicles. Sweet and sparkly, this easy recipe from Delish combines Prosecco, freshly squeezed lemonade, and your favorite summer berries. Place strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries in a popsicle mold, and then fill three quarters of the way with prosecco. Top it off with lemonade and freeze for at least six hours before serving.
2. Tinto de Verano Popsicles
Grab your favorite Spanish red from the wine storage cabinet, and make a batch of Tinto de Verano to freeze. Enjoyed during the summer in Spain, Tinto de Verano is a simple mix of red wine and lemon-lime soda. To make this quick cocktail into a palpable popsicle, Tracy of Baking Mischief recommends adding lime simple syrup. You may already keep this flavored syrup in your bar cabinet, but if not, you can make your own by combining sugar, water, and lime juice.
3. Boozy Rocket Pops
The red, white and blue rocket pop was probably a summer staple during your childhood years. Now you can recreate this classic popsicle with a boozy twist. This Boozy Rocket Pop recipe from Delish calls for raspberry sorbet, vanilla ice cream, blue curacao, and white rum. With three delicious layers, it’s a festive and flavorful pop that should definitely be served as part of your 4th of July menu.
4. Tequila + Watermelon Popsicles
No summer is complete without taking a bite into a juicy slice of watermelon. This mouth watering recipe from Love and Olive Oil combines fresh watermelon with tequila for a margarita-like dessert — hold the salt. A little sugar and splash of lime really enhance the flavors, giving this pop a sweet kick and making it the obvious choice for your next pool day.
5. Miami Vice Boozy Popsicles
You’ll imagine yourself serenely sailing along the ocean the second you taste these Miami Vice popsicles. By combining two of the most popular frozen cocktails, piña colada and strawberry daiquiri, the Miami Vice has become synonymous with cruise life. The popsicle version crafted by The Beach House Kitchen is close competition and makes it easy to recreate a relaxing vacation at home. With sweet strawberries, creamy coconut and tangy pineapple, this two layer popsicle is the ultimate fruity and boozy combo.
6. Vodka Gummy Bear Pops
Have you ever tried vodka gummy bears? What about vodka gummy bear pops? This idea from A Spicy Perspective may sound slightly reminiscent of your college days, but who doesn’t love a good throwback? Pour the vodka into a bowl, and then add in the gummy bears. Leave them in the refrigerator overnight, or for a couple of days, so that the vodka is almost entirely absorbed. In popsicle molds, freeze the vodka gummy bears and lemon-lime soda in layers, so that the gummy bears are equally distributed. The finished product is a colorful creation that is the perfect way to kick off the weekend.
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