Surviving the Summer with Homemade Boozy Popsicles

Some friends and I recently had a discussion about the Costco 100 calorie vodka pops that have gone viral. Research was done, and it was determined that they are not sold in our area (side note: I believe they have been spotted at our local Costco). Even though I am not exactly the Martha Stewart type, I was on a mission to come up with an alternative solution. I spend a lot of time outside at the pool, swim meets, and baseball games, and these would be the perfect mom treat. A quick search on Amazon and I got 125 Ziploc tubes, just like the cheap ice pops come in, for $10. Score! My moms night out for my son’s school was in a few days, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to whip up a few recipes and taste test. Armed with my arsenal of liquor, fresh fruit, mixers, FroZip tubes, and my trusty funnel, I went to work.

Homemade Boozy Popsicles

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Frose’

  • strawberry simple syrup
    • 1/2 cup of water
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 cup chopped strawberries
    • combine all ingredients on stove. Bring to a boil. Strain in a sieve to get pieces of strawberry out. Keep liquid
  • 2 cups of Rose’ wine
  • 1/4 cup vodka

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into tubes with funnel. Freeze 12 hours. This will be more a slush than popsicle. I did not use a blender for this one since it was all liquid ingredients. This recipe was found on Pinterest. Yields 5 popsicles.

Taste Tester Feedback: tasty, but could be sweeter.

Champagne Punch

  • 3/4 cup champagne
  • 3/4 cup ginger ale
  • generous splash of Triple Sec

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into tubes with funnel. Freeze 12 hours. This is a family recipe. My mom served champagne punch at both my bridal shower and baby shower. I had leftover ingredients from my birthday, so I did not get many popsicles out of what I had. There was some separation when it froze. Yields 3 popsicles.

Taste Tester Feedback: yummy!

Watermelon Mint

  • 4 cups watermelon
  • 2 TBP strawberry simple syrup
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • bunch of fresh mint

Blend ingredients together. It worked better to blend in 2 batches. Make sure to get mint pieces fine. Pour into tubes with funnel. Freeze 12 hours. This is a variation of a Pinterest recipe. There was some separation when these froze. I actually made a nonalcoholic version of this one for a pregnant friend and she loved it. Yields 8 popsicles.

Taste Tester Feedback: so good!

Peach Strawberry

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 can peaches in syrup
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • generous splash of Triple Sec

Blend ingredients together. Pour into tubes with funnel. Freeze 12 hours. This is a variation of a daiquiri recipe my mom use to make for pool days. It can easily be made nonalcoholic to share with the kids. Yields 7 popsicles.

Taste Tester Feedback: sweetest flavor

How to Freeze

Figuring out how to freeze 23 FroZip tubes was a challenge. I wanted them to freeze nicely and not get squished. Blender bottles worked ok, but I had too many popsicles. My kids’ sand buckets actually worked out great. I was so excited about the tubes initially, but I found them a little awkward to eat out of because they are wider than a traditional ice pop tube. Next time I will bring straws.

Overall, this was a fun experiment. I enjoyed tweaking recipes and taste testing with my friends. My husband got a kick out of seeing me in the kitchen actually playing with recipes. He would prefer that next time I make actual food, but boozy popsicles is a start. The lady working at our moms night location got a kick out of them and even asked me for one! I will definitely make these again.

Have you tried making homemade boozy popsicles? What’s your favorite recipe?

Amanda Blaum
Amanda is her name and sequins are her game. She can never be too extra with fashion or fun. Boymomming keeps her busy. In between playdates and ballpark games, she enjoys dates with her husband of 8 years and girls nights with her mom squad.

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