‘Thirst aid’ for adults? Pop to it!

06 Jul ‘Thirst aid’ for adults? Pop to it!

If you’re my vintage or older, you most likely have fond memories of that friend­ly Frosty the Ice Cream Truck’s catchy jingle, sending children scampering into their houses to scrounge up some change to buy a frozen treat. Oh, those were the days, weren’t they?

Then again, these are the days. Sizzling hot days of summer when the mercury rapidly rises, and it’s just too darn hot to fire up the stove.

And who’s hungry anyway?

What you may be craving these days is something to cool you off and wet your whistle. Thirst aid for the big kids is on its way — in the form of adult beverage popsi­cles.

They’re so easy to stir up, pour into a popsicle mold, pop in the freezer and enjoy later.

Ah, but before you head off to the liquor cabinet, a few tips I learned in the mixology trenches this week. Turns out, less is more when it comes to adding alcohol to popsicles, if you’re interested in them freezing, that is.

A little too generous with the jigger in round one of my adult beverage popsicle recipe development, and I was disappointed to flip open the freezer the next day only to find that none of the con­coctions I had created had completely frozen because of the high alcohol content.

Oops.

You need to lead with fruit juice, soda or whatever (non­alcoholic) liquid you’re using, and then add only about a tablespoon of alcohol for each popsicle to ensure prop­er freezing. The recipes below make four popsicles and call for not more than ¼ cup of alcohol.

When experimenting with a “Shandypop,” half beer, half lemonade, I discovered that beer does indeed expand in the freezer and is really bet­ter in its liquid form, to tell you the truth.

Blended frozen fruit lends itself nicely to popsicle-mak­ing, adding texture and a freezability factor to the mix. If you’re noticing that the strawberries you bought are getting a little overripe and nobody’s eating them, throw them in a plastic baggie and toss them in the freezer for use at a later time.

If you ever end up with a bit of coffee left in the pot, you could always use it up by adding Kahlua or Baileys and a splash of cream or creamer and creating a quick and easy frozen treat for later. Yum.

Diet lemon-lime soda is a great base for frozen treats, bringing sweetness and fizz  to the table without adding extra calories to the mix.

Fruit juice and carbonated lemonade are other dependable staples when creating popsicles, as they freeze well and add a nice flavor to your adult beverage popsicle.

But I’m sure you’re full of innovative ideas of your own, now that I’ve reminded you of old Mr. Frosty and his truck full of treats. Start with your favorite summertime sipper and transform it into a tray of frozen fun for you and your friends.

In celebration of sizzling summer days (hooray!), here is the Special of the Day: Thirst Aid — An Array of Adult Beverage Popsicles.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Daiquiri on a Stick

STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI ON A STICK

» 16 medium frozen strawberries

» ¼ cup rum
» ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
» ¾ cup lemon lime soda
Combine all ingredients in blender and mix until completely blended.
Pour into four popsicle molds and insert sticks.
Freeze for several hours or overnight.
Dip mold of frozen popsicles in bowl of hot water to loosen. Gently pull on sticks to unmold.

Mint Mojito Meltaway

MINT MOJITO MELTAWAYS

» 24 fresh mint leaves

» Juice of 2 limes
» ¼ cup rum
» ½ cup lemon lime soda

Muddle mint leaves with lime juice in the bottom of a tall glass.
Strain into another tall glass. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
Pour into four popsicle mold.
Freeze for several hours or overnight.
Dip mold of frozen popsicles in bowl of hot water to loosen. Gently pull on sticks to unmold.

KAHLUA COFFEE COOLER

» 1 and 1/3 cups cold coffee

» ¼ cup Kahlua
 » ½ cup coffee creamer or cream
Combine ingredients and stir to blend.
Pour into four popsicle molds. Freeze for several hours or overnight.
Dip mold of frozen popsicles in bowl of hot water to loosen. Gently pull on sticks to unmold.

Greyhound-cicle

GREYHOUND-SICLE

» 1 and 1/3 cups grapefruit juice (I used Ruby Red grapefruit juice)

» ¼ cup vodka
Combine ingredients in pitcher and stir to mix.
Pour into popsicle mold.
Freeze for several hours or overnight.
Dip mold of frozen popsicles in bowl of hot water to loosen. Gently pull on sticks to unmold.
Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at sydnegeorge@hotmail.com.

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