When it's hot out, boozy popsicles offer sweet happy hour relief.

By Margaret Eby
May 06, 2019
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Ice pops are good. Cocktails? Also good. Combining them, especially in the summer, is a natural fit. After all, you don't need to add ice to your drink if it's already made of ice. And what's more, making your own boozy ice pops at home is pretty easy, as long as you have realistic expectations of your freezer's capability. 

When turning your favorite cocktail into an ice pop, it's wise to think about how many components of the drink are non-alcoholic. Martinis, for example, are gin and vermouth, without anything to dilute it, making them pretty difficult to freeze. But a vodka lemonade? That's a great candidate for a frozen pop, since the higher freezing point of the lemonade will help counteract the lower freezing point of the vodka, leaving you with a pleasing slush. 

How much mixer you want as a ratio to the alcohol you're freezing is going to depend on the alcohol. This Gin and Juice Ice Pop, for example, takes a cup and a fourth of dry gin and a half cup of Campari to two and a half cups fruit punch. But in these Salty Melon Margarita Ice Pops, an extra cup of water is added to the tequila, melon liqueur, sugar, and lime juice in order to help the freezing process. 

There's no reason you can't incorporate fresh fruit or juice into your ice pop, either. This Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Ice Pop does just that, adding a quart of fresh strawberries to the lemonade and the lemon-flavored vodka for a cocktail that'll also give you a daily helping of fruit. If fresh isn't available, you can also use fruit juice or even jam, like in this Purple People Eater Boozy Ice Pop that harnesses blueberry preserves and Curacao to develop a deep purple color.

One thing you'll definitely want to invest in? Reusable or disposable zip-top ice pop bags, which you can buy online, and a funnel, to help place the mixed drink contents within those bags with a minimum of fuss and spilling. Then you can experiment with adding whatever you want to them for a very cool summer ahead. 

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