Who else out there is sweating it out this glorious summer? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hustling my kids about, keeping them busy and keeping them cool. It could be a dip in the pool, a trip to the beach or keeping some homemade popsicles in the freezer. I know I’m not the only one seeing the boozy popsicles circulating the web and Pinterest. And knowing my husband, I decided to do a little research on the matter.
If you don’t know, alcohol has a lower freezing point than fruit juice. In lay-man’s terms, you can freeze booze in a regular freezer. It just doesn’t get cold enough. According to foodie popsicle experts out there, you need to keep the alcohol content in a popsicle at 20% or less for the popsicle to freeze.
So, I made a sample test of boozy popsicles using this formula. My husband complained that he couldn’t taste the alcohol. My other guests said the same thing.
“More rum! More vodka! More tequila!”
Now it’s not that I have a family full of drunkards or lushes. Even I, a light-weight to drinking, a certified “cheap date” could barely taste the alcohol using the 20% rule.
So, back to the internet I went.
That’s when I found this article that talks about using liquid nitrogen to freeze REAL boozy popsicles. I sent it to my husband,who decided to descend back to middle school because the article called these cocktail popsicles, “cocksicles.”
“Do you have a dewar?” I asked the man who has every tool and gadget possible in our jam-packed garage.
He did not. But it got his brain thinking and he came home with a cooler filled with dry ice.
He mixed himself some margaritas. Poured them into dixie cups with popsicle sticks. A couple hours later, we had our first successful boozy popsicles.
Dry ice is definitely a safer alternative to using liquid nitrogen, plus you can find it at your local grocery store. But a few words of caution:
- Never touch dry ice with your fingers – you can burn them severely.
- Keep your dry ice in an insulated cooler.
- How long your dry ice lasts depends on how much you have, so if you are making boozy popsicles for a party, buy the dry ice a few hours before your party.
- Let the dry-ice boozy popsicles sit in the freezer or out in the open air to warm a little so your guests do not burn their tongues on the popsicles. Picture Ralph and the tongue stuck to the flag pole moment in “A Christmas Story.”
Let your creativity flow and have fun with it. To celebrate America’s Independence Day, I made these Red, White & Blue Boozy Popsicles. The were made in stages. First layer was blue, using a raspberry cocktail mixer with vodka. After that froze (about an hour), I added the white layer lemon/lime soda with vodka. The red layer was cranberry juice & vodka.
You can keep your boozy popsicles in the freezer. They won’t turn to water, but will have more of an icy, crumbly, slushy kind of texture.
Note: To make these kid-friendly, use different kinds of Kool-Aid or Gatorade for the same effect!
Need more red, white and blue inspiration?
Perhaps a slice of this Red, White and Blue Cake with Berries, Coconut and Rum will hit the spot? Or these easy-to-whip-up Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Cupcakes? I also have a roundup of some more fun red, white and blue recipes here.