Yes, I know I should have done this at the beginning of the beginning of the summer but better late than never! I actually thought of this post when I was doing a work project so here we are!
I rounded up some of my faves that I played around with this summer with all different types of booze! The first important thing to understand when making these, is that it's all about the ratios. The ratio to make sure that it actually freezes is 4 to 1, for every 1 ounce of booze you need four ounces of other liquid.
A few things you'll need (aside from booze and juice)
popsicle molds, these three are my favorites and they are good for different things. The frozip pouches are great for being on the go and only 4.4oz. Especially this summer, its been great to grab two and go for a walk at night or go hang with friends. you can get a pack of 125 from Amazon for under $11. The Ozera Popsicle molds are totally reusable, 8.8oz & come in a set of six. There are a few color options and are under $10 on Amazon. The set of 10 is also great! these are under $10, hold the smallest amount but super great for on the go.
Overall, the disposable ones and the Ozera set are my favorites by far. I also make sure I have a pitcher to mix everything in some chopped up fruit if I'm feeling fancy, and everything for a yummy cocktail...
Irish Coffee Popsicles: These have three layers to them so they arent the best for the disposable pops. the first is a soft vanilla bean cream layer (can substitute and put in vanilla ice cream), the middle is a dark coffee layer and the top is a creamy coffee layer. I think you are only supposed to put the Balies in the top layer but I like sprinkling it through the entire pop. A smooth dark coffee layer and a creamy coffee layer with Bailey’s. They are winners.
FOR THE CREAM LAYER
1 cup heavy cream, milk or half-and-half
1/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
FOR THE COFFEE LAYERS
2 cups brewed, cold coffee
1 cup sugar
FOR THE BAILEY'S CREAM LAYER
1 cup heavy cream, milk or half-and-half
2-3 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream
Kahlua Coconut Cream: These you can make with or without booze in them. They have two different layers in them which is great and you can either leave the layers as tow or mix them together...
FOR THE COFFEE LAYER
½ cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
4 tablespoons kahlua liqueur
1 tablespoon agave nectar (or more to taste)
FOR THE COCONUT CREAM LAYER:
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk (I recommend full fat)
3 tablespoons agave nectar (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
Whiskey Yogurt Fig: These are also super yummy and fun for a hot day. These are just one layer thankfully so you can mix everything together!
Mix 5 Tablespoons of mascarpone together with 2 cups of plain yogurt until smooth.
Add in 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, 4 tablespoons maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of whiskey.
Pour into pop molds and add in sliced figs as you see fit!
Moscow Mule Pops: These are super fun to make and super easy to make. All you need is to juice two limes. 2 ¼ cups of ginger beer and 2 oz of Vodka.
Just mix it around and pour into the molds.
By far one of the easiest pops to make which, I mean you don't want to be slaving away on all these pops.
Strawberry-Negroni Popsicles: These are also super yummy (obviously I wouldn't put something I didn't find yummy on here). what you'll need:
1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) strawberries, hulled
6 tablespoons (60 grams) turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) gin
2 tablespoons (30 ml) Campari
2 tablespoons (30 ml) sweet red Vermouth
1 tablespoon (15 ml) orange flower water
Its actually really quick to make... Blend the strawberries & sugar together. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Once thats done you an add the gin, Campari, Vermouth, and orange blossom water. Blend for 30 seconds (if you want some strawberries pieces for texture) or 2 minutes (if you want a completely smooth mix). Divide between 10 popsicle molds; move to the freezer for at least 5 hours, or until completely frozen. Enjoy!
Jalapeño Mango Margarita: These are perfect for any occasion, especially if you want a little spice...
For The Margarita Popsicles
4 cups diced mango
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch cayenne pepper
6 tablespoons jalapeño tequila (½ cup silver tequila with 1 jalapeño pepper sliced)
IN a large blender, blend the mango, lime juice & powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in the tequila.
Pour the mixture into the pop molds, wait till frozen and enjoy!
Bellini Popsicles with Edible Flowers: These are some of my faves but a bit trickier to make. What you'll need:
5 oz prosecco
5 oz simple syrup
5 oz lemon juice
2 large white peaches
3 dashes peach bitters
edible flowers (for garnish, optional)
Chop the peaches, (remove the pits), and add them to your blender. Puree until smooth and strain through a fine mesh strainer.
Transfer 5 oz of peach puree to a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, prosecco, simple syrup, and bitters. Carefully add the prosecco, as it will foam aggressively. Stir to combine.
Wash and dry the edible flowers and add them to the popsicle molds. I used violets.
Pour the peach mixture into the popsicle molds. The flowers will float to the surface.
Place the popsicle molds into the freezer for approximately 30 minutes or until partially frozen. At this point you can gently mix the popsicle to evenly distribute the flowers. This is a good time to add the popsicle sticks too. Place back into the freezer until frozen solid.
Bourbon White Peach Pops: These are also super yummy and pretty simple to make. What you'll need:
4 cups chopped white peaches or regular peaches
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
3 1/2 Tbsp. Bourbon Whiskey
Peel peaches and cut into chunks discarding the pits. Place peaches into a blender. Add the fresh lemon juice, honey and bourbon and puree leaving a few chunks.
Pour the mixture into the popsicles molds. Freeze for 30 minutes, then insert sticks. Continue to freeze until firm, at least 5-6 hours.
Prosecco and Fruit pops: These are my all time favorites! and super easy to make too!
1 1/2 cup strawberries
2 cups peaches
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 cups Prosecco
Juice of two lemon wedges
Cut up the peaches (remove the peach fuzz) and strawberries and toss them in a blender (save a few pieces to place in the molds later! Blend until smooth, add in the sugar, juice from lemon wedges and prosecco. Blend again then pour into the pop molds! Voila, we are all done.
What are your favorite popsicle recipes?