How To Make Cocktail Popsicles

Nothing says childhood and summer like a big batch of sugary, food dye soaked popsicles that seem to get more on your hands and clothes than actually in your mouth. We remember the days of chasing down the ice cream truck so we could enjoy whatever popular flavor or cartoon character was trendy that summer, relishing in the thrill of having heard that catchy jingle at just the right time. Those were the days. And although we wish it was socially acceptable to be 30, 40, 50 years old and still chasing down that beloved truck, we have something even better for you. The poptail, or popsicle cocktail, is the adult version of our favorite frozen treat. We especially love them because you can turn any of your favorite cocktails into a homemade popsicle. Gin and tonic, whiskey coke, margarita, mojito—whatever it may be, it can be frozen! For this recipe we took two of our preferred summer cocktails—a watermelon mint margarita and the French 75—poured them into popsicle molds and froze them to be enjoyed on a hot and balmy summer night. They’re not only beautiful (just look at that photo!) they’re also incredibly refreshing and the perfect way to cool off and wind down after a busy day.

So follow along with our host as we learn to cook a simply scrumptious poptail! With so many creative ways you can spice these up, we guarantee that they’ll quickly become one of your favorite summer indulgences.

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Watermelon Mint Tequila & French 75 Popsicle Recipes

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Watermelon Mint Tequila Popsicles

Ingredients:
¼ cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh mint, torn into medium size pieces
4 cups watermelon, small cubed
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup tequila

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Directions:

1. To make the mint simple syrup, combine the water, sugar and mint in a medium size saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and cook until the sugar has completed dissolved-about 1 minute. Remove from heat, strain to remove large bits of mint and let sit for at least 15 minutes so flavors can infuse.

2. Using a food processor, blender or emulsion blender, puree the watermelon and the lime juice until the watermelon is a smooth consistency. Strain this mixture and add to the bowl containing the simple syrup. Add the tequila and stir until well combined.

3. Using popsicle molds, add the mixture evenly-leaving about ¼ an inch of space at the top. Pop in the freezer for an hour and then add in the sticks. Let freeze for at least 15 hours but 24 is best.

French 75 Popsicles

Ingredients:
2 ½ cups champagne
¾ cup gin
¾ cup simple syrup
¾ cup fresh lemon juice

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Directions:

1. Combine all the ingredients and mix to combine. Pour evenly in popsicle molds, leaving ¼ inch of space. Place in freezer.

2. After three hours in the freezer, add popsicle sticks and let freeze another 15-21 hours or until solid. Because of their high alcohol content, these popsicles may take a while to freeze.

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Shot and edited by: Matt Rice

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