10 Fun, Boozy Ice Pop Recipes for Adults

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    How to Make a Poptail

    Adult Popsicles - How to Make Fun Poptails for Summer Parties
    Poptails are a fun treat that combines your favorite ice popsicle flavors with adult beverages. John E. Kelly/Photodisc/Getty Images

    Ice pops are a great summer treat and spiked ice pops are even better! These frozen little treats are perfect for parties and bring a childhood favorite into our cocktail-loving world. They even have their own name and are now commonly called poptails.


    Boozy ice pops are an endless pursuit and there are many recipes available for you to browse, mix, freeze, and enjoy. I have included 10 recipes in the following pages and there is a little of everything. From sweet, creamy popsicles to icy...MORE renditions of some of our favorite cocktails, they are almost too much fun and can serve as inspiration for creating your own custom ice pops.


    Tips for Making Great Poptails


    Before we get to the recipes, here are some tips for creating great spiked ice pops...


    • It is advised to keep the ratio to about 4:1 of mixer to booze. One reason is that liquor does not freeze well, so this lower proportion will still enable the pop to freeze up. The other reason to keep the alcohol low is because we often eat ice pops fast before they melt and therefore we don't want as much alcohol as the standard cocktail or we will get really drunk really fast.
       
    • Booze-filled ice pops will have a softer texture than non-spiked ice pops. It is due to the alcohol and its freezing point, so it is best to keep these in the freezer until the very last minute.
       
    • An ice pop mold is the easiest way to make popsicles and they are inexpensive. Most molds make 6-10 three-ounce ice pops and some include the stick holder, which is very convenient.
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    • You will need to give yourself extra time if you want to create layered ice pops. For a crisp line, each layer will need to set completely before adding the next. If you want softer lines, add the second layer when the first is only partially frozen. Keep the ingredients chilled in between layers for quicker freeze.
       
    • Strain fresh fruit purees for smoother ice pops. The solid bits of fruit will freeze much harder than the rest of the poptail and may not be very desirable.
       
    • To eliminate air bubbles in creamy popsicles, partially fill the mold then give it some light taps on the counter top and continue to fill.
       
    • If your popsicle mold does not have a built-in stick holder, freeze the pops for about an hour then insert sticks. This will help the stick stand up straight. Another trick is to place aluminum foil over the mold and use the stick to cut slits over each pop to support the stick.
       
    • The time it takes to freeze pops is going to vary based on the recipe and your freezer. It is usually best to prepare poptails a day ahead of the event. You may be able to get away with five hours or so, but it is just best to plan ahead (remember the alcohol factor).
       
    • Once completely frozen, submerge the mold about halfway in warm water about 30 seconds or run it under warm water.
       
    • Pudding pops are more difficult to remove and often come out with imperfections that can easily be cleaned up.

    It should go without saying, but if you are going to make spiked ice pops and there are children around, please be sure that they do not have access to these adults-only treats.


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  • 02 of 11

    Champagne Popsicle Cocktail

    Champagne Popsicle Cocktail
    Pick your popsicle, choose your Champagne and combine the two for a fun and easy summer drink. Tonic Photo Studios, LLC/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

    The easiest way to combine cocktails and ice pops is to simply put the two together.


    This Champagne Popsicle 'recipe' is a perfect example and it is a great way to get your ice pop and keep your wine cold at the same time.


    All you need is either a homemade ice pop or one that you bought for the kids. Put that upside-down in your favorite glass and fill with Champagne.


    Take this idea into other summertime cocktails as well. Essentially, we are simply using the ice pop instead of ice and this can be...MORE done with spiked or straight ice pops in almost any cold drink.


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  • 03 of 11

    Brockmans Gin Bramble Ice Pop

    Brockman's Bramble Ice Pop
    A simple poptail, Brockman's Bramble Ice Pop features a fantastic gin and fresh blackberries. Philippe Desnerck/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    This Bramble Ice Pop is a fun and quick recipe that requires just a few ingredients, including a great gin.


    Brockmans created the pop to mimic the Bramble Cocktail and it is a delicious boozy ice pop with fresh berries.



    1. Blend the first four ingredients until smooth.
    2. Pour equal an equal amount into popsicle molds.
    3. Top with equal parts of gin.
    4. Insert sticks and freeze until solid.

    Makes 6-8 ice pops, depending on...MORE mold.


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  • 04 of 11

    Kiwi Martini Poptail

    Kiwi Martini Poptail
    Fresh kiwi, a little ice cream, and your favorite citrus vodka go into this fun Kiwi Martini Poptail. Westend61/Getty Images

    Inspired by one of the easiest vodka martinis you can find, this poptail is just as simple and quick to mix up.


    If you love a Kiwi Martini, give it a try as a popsicle, complete with citrus vodka and fresh kiwi fruit.



    1. Place the ice and kiwi in a blender and blend until well chopped.
    2. Add syrup and vodka and blend until smooth.
    3. Pour equal amounts into pop mold.
    4. Insert sticks and freeze until solid.

    Makes 6-8...MORE ice pops, depending on mold.


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  • 05 of 11

    Fresh Caipirinha Poptail

    Caipirinha Fresh Fruit Popsicles
    As fresh as the cocktail, these Caipirinha poptails are a fun summer treat for any party. Westend61/Getty Images

    The Caipirinha is very easy to convert it into an ice pop.


    This pop includes everything that is great about the popular cocktail, including cachaca, fresh lime, and a little sweetness and it can be used with a wide variety of other fruit as well.



    1. Mix the juice, cachaca, sugar, and water until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    2. Pour into ice pop molds.
    3. Place 2-3 lime slices in each mold.
    4. Insert sticks and...MORE freeze until solid.

    Makes 6-8 ice pops, depending on mold.


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  • 06 of 11

    Peach Julep Ice Pops with Bourbon

    Peach Julep Popsicles with Bourbon Whiskey
    Cool down with a sweet and delicious Peach Julep Poptail that includes your favorite bourbon. Katie Cawood/Moment/Getty Images

    Peach is a perfect complement to the popular Mint Julep and this Peach Julep Ice Pop recipe celebrates this beautiful combination.


    It begins with a 2:1 mint-flavored simple syrup, which is thinner and freezes well and the same technique can be used to create Mojito and other mint-based poptails.



    Begin by creating a mint simple syrup:


    1. Bring sugar and water to a slow boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is...MORE completely dissolved.
    2. Reduce heat, add mint, cover, and simmer for five minutes.
    3. Remove from heat, keep covered, and allow to cool to room temperature.

    Assembling the ice pop:


    1. Combine mint syrup, peach juice, and whiskey.
    2. Pour evenly into ice pop molds and, if you like, sprinkle with chopped mint.
    3. Insert sticks and freeze until solid.

    Makes 6-8 ice pops, depending on mold.


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  • 07 of 11

    Watermelon Margarita Poptail

    Watermelon Margarita Popsicle
    A true taste of summer, these boozy lollies bring a Watermelon Margarita into a popsicle for a delicious treat. Alessandro Guerani/StockFood Creative/Getty Images

    Tequila and watermelon in a frozen ice pop? It is a wonderful thing and, essentially, a Watermelon Margarita on a stick!


    Fresh watermelon juice is easy. Simply muddle a few pieces of leftover watermelon until you get all the juice, then strain out the pulp.



    1. Combine the ingredients until completely mixed.
    2. Pour equal amounts into molds.
    3. Insert sticks and freeze...MORE until solid.

    Makes 6-8 ice pops, depending on mold.


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  • 08 of 11

    Berry Sangria Cream Poptail

    Berry Sangria Cream Popsicle
    Try mixing red wine, fresh mixed berries, and cream cheese into a delicious Berry Sangria Cream popsicle. Westend61/Getty Images

    Remake your Wine Sangria and transform it into a delicious, creamy popsicle with this easy recipe.


    Like most sangria recipes, the fruit is up to you and I recommend a mixture of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, though any berry mix will work perfectly. To that, add your favorite red wine, syrup, and cream and you have a spectacular icy treat.



    1. Puree berries in a blender or food processor until smooth.
    2. Strai...MOREn the puree in a fine mesh strainer to remove most of the chunks (you can skip this step, though fruit chunks will freeze harder and create a pop that is not quite smooth).
    3. Combine berry puree with the other ingredients and blend until smooth.
    4. Pour equal amounts into molds.
    5. Insert sticks and freeze until solid.

    You may also want to mix the berries, wine, and syrup separate from the cream. I would recommend sweetening the cream with about 3 tablespoons of sugar, then layer or swirl the two mixes together in the mold.


    Makes 6-8 ice pops, depending on mold.


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    Lemon Drop Cream Poptail

    Lemon Drop Cream Poptail
    Sweet and creamy, the Lemon Drop Cream is an adult poptail that will cool you down all summer long. Adel Bekefi/Moment Open/Getty Images

    The Lemon Drop Cream Poptail is a fun frozen rendition of the Lemon Drop Martini with a little ice cream thrown in to create a creamy pop.


    This is probably one of the few times that I am going to recommend a bottled cocktail mixer, though I received the recommendation from a similar recipe and found it to work perfectly. I used Bare Organic Lemon Drop Mixer and it is one of the best options I've found so far.


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    Tequila Sunrise Yogurt Pop

    Tequila Sunrise Yogurt Poptail
    Recreate the Tequila Sunrise in this creamy yogurt pop that is just for adults. Armstrong Studios/Photodisc/Getty Images

    The Tequila Sunrise is the perfect cocktail for transforming in so many ways and we have already seen it in a frozen margarita, so why not an ice pop?


    To add a little interest to this ice pop, I have included yogurt. While I used plain Greek yogurt, I would not hesitate to experiment with fruit-flavored varieties, even those with fresh fruit in the cup.


    You could also add a little interest to the grenadine by combining this with a dollop of yogurt or adding a fresh fruit puree like strawberry or ra...MOREspberry.


    Just like the cocktail, the Tequila Sunrise Yogurt Pop is layered. The recipe recommends the standard two-layer effect that mimics the cocktail, though you could easily do multiple layers like the photo if you had the time.



    1. Mix the tequila, orange juice, and yogurt in a bowl until combined.
    2. Pour about 1/2 teaspoon of grenadine into each pop mold.
    3. Fill with the orange-tequila mixture.
    4. Insert sticks and freeze until solid.

    Makes 6-8 ice pops, depending on mold.


    To make the ice pop shape in the photo, use disposable paper cups. Once frozen, tear away the cup and you are done.


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    White Russian Pudding Poptails

    White and Black Russian Pudding Popsicles for Adults
    Convert your White Russian into a delicious pudding pop, complete with vodka and for adults only. Carin Krasner/StockFood Creative/Getty Images

    There has to be at least one frozen pudding pop in the collection and the best cocktail candidate for this has to be the White Russian.


    There are actually to pudding pops here because we cannot talk about the white without including the Black Russian as well, though in that case we deviate from the cocktail and opt for chocolate pudding because, well... chocolate!


    These pudding pops are fun, delicious, and rather potent because the spirits total about 3/4 cup in each recipe. Feel free to cut the...MORE vodka a bit to make it a bit weaker and I would probably make pudding pops with the smaller ice pop molds because it is a lot of sweetness.


    White Russian Pudding Pops



    Black Russian Pudding Pops



    To Make Puddling Pops


    1. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender (or using a hand mixer) until completely mixed.
    2. Pour equal amounts into popsicles molds.
    3. Insert sticks and freeze until solid.

    Makes 6-8 ice pops, depending on mold.