Boozy Lemonade Pops Perfect For Your Summer Party

Popsicles were a great frozen treat as a kid, but as an adult, we tend to gravitate more towards frozen cocktails and less-sugary desserts. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds with these delicious boozy pops!


Making alcoholic frozen pops is actually much harder than it seems. First of all, liquor doesn't freeze, which makes things difficult. Also, popsicle molds usually help, but the plastic kind can leak and are difficult to keep in your freezer (and the high-grade metal ones are pricey). And how are you going to serve them and keep them cold? Sounds like more of a hassle than what it's worth.

For summer entertaining, ditch the popsicle molds and use Zipzicles. Like Ziploc bags, they zip at the top to seal in your beverage of choice, and come in convenient popsicle shapes. Each baggie holds about 2 1/2 ounces of liquid, which means the alcohol content of each pop won't be too high (so that it will actually freeze). But when the summer temps are scorching, and you really want a frozen treat to cool down, definitely help yourself to more than one pop! 

 

 

Because I loved Italian Ice so much as a kid, I made some boozy lemonade pops, in traditional lemon and pink lemonade flavors. I added plain vodka to mine, but you can also use tequila, gin or your booze of choice. 

I'm always a fan of homemade lemonade (it's all-natural and doesn't take long to make!), but you can use store-bought if you're in a time crunch.

To make sure your pops actually freeze though, they need to be made with 1/2 ounce or less of alcohol per pop. The good news is, most jiggers have a side for 1/2 an ounce, to be sure to measure accordingly so your pops actually freeze. Any more than that, and you might be left with a slushy consistency (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, either!)

 

Ingredients
  • Lemonade (homemade or store-bought), about 12 ounces
  • Pink lemonade (homemade or store-bought), about 12 ounces
  • Vodka (or spirit of your choice), about 6 ounces
  • Zipzicles
Directions

Measure 1/2 an ounce of your alcohol with a jigger. Pour into Zipzicle using a funnel. If you don't have anyone around to help you, you can set the zipzicle in a tall cup. 

Fill the rest of the Zipzicle with the lemonade. Zip shut, and shake up and down to distribute alcohol evenly.

Repeat with remaining Zipzicle until finished. Store in your freezer in a cup, sitting upright. If you don't have enough space to store upright, you can store them lying down. 

For entertaining, fill a tub with ice and keep your Zipzicle cold all party long! If you want to label which ones are which, mark them with a permanent marker prior to freezing. 

Makes: About 12 pops

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