Is there anything better on a hot, sticky summer day than a delicious frozen popsicle? For too long, these treats have been relegated to the realm of kids. While your children might be satisfied with simple choices like orange, cherry, and lime, there's nothing in a box of conventional popsicles to excite those of us above the legal drinking age. That's why DIY popsicles have become so popular on the foodie scene (often called "poptails"!). With just a few fresh ingredients and a splash of your favorite liquor, you can create delectable gourmet popsicles that are the perfect way to end a summer dinner party or back-porch gossip session. Read on for six surprisingly easy, adult popsicle recipes!
Lemon Pale Ale Beer Pops
Where I live, we’re awash in an amazing selection of craft and micro brews. They’re delicious after a long hike or a hard day at work, but I feel like I’m always fighting to finish a bottle before the heat catches up. With these beer popsicles from The Beeroness, lemon juice and sugar are combined with your favorite pale ale to create a shandy on a stick that will be cold to the last lick.
Spicy Watermelon Popsicles
Ok, so this popsicle doesn’t include booze (officially) but it’s got jalapenos and tomatoes in addition to refreshing watermelon, which definitely makes it better suited for an adult palate. According to recipe creator Jerry James Stone of Cooking Stoned, it’s “not overly sweet but it is still dessert–trust me. The watermelon makes sure of that. And the heat from the peppers keep it bright and tasty.”
Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Pops
Peaches and strawberries are a staple at almost every farmers’ market. I recommend doubling your order of both, and dedicating a generous portions of these sweet summer fruits to this recipe from Endless Simmer. Mix in a little tonic water and your favorite organic vodka, and voila! You’ve got a treat that’s sure to please.
Thai Iced Coffee Pops
One of my favorite summer indulgences is iced coffee. Something about the combination of cold and creamy really satisfies when I’m feeling the heat. This delicious recipe from Woman’s Health mixes antioxidant-packed java with Thai spices for a cool dessert that’s as exotic as it is refreshing.
Cherry-Apple Whiskey Sour Popsicles
The whiskey sour is an underrated cocktail that’s been relegated to bottom shelf status thanks to cheap whiskey and nauseating sweet & sour mixes. Restore this classic beverage to its star status by re-imagining it in popsicle form! With this recipe from Endless Simmer, cherries, green apple, and your favorite whiskey all find a home in this cocktail that you lick rather than sip.
Sour Cream, Cherry, Tequila Ice Pops
And now for something completely different. If you thought poptails were just about fruit and vodka, think again. These pops, a version of the traditional Mexican paletas, are as far from a boxed popsicle as you can get. This recipe from Lottie + Doof combines cherries, sour cream, vanilla and your favorite tequila into a creamy treat that will have you coming back for more.
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