Beat the heat with our easy-to-make alcoholic freeze pops recipe, a delicious cocktail spin on the classic childhood frozen treat.
We can’t even tell you guys how excited we were to stumble on homemade ice popsicle molds in our grocery store. Did anyone else down two or three freeze pops a day as a kid during the summer?
Boozy ice popsicles or “pop-tails” or freeze pops are such a huge thing right now. And it’s way past time to extend the trend into everyone’s favorite childhood summer treat with this alcoholic freeze pop recipe!
Our favorite thing about freeze pops is that they don’t melt all over your fingers like stick popsicles. So you don’t have to consume them at the speed of light. You might want to though. They’re seriously addictive!
And although you can buy pre-made alcohol freeze pops like Truly Freeze Pops and Cooloo Ice Pops at the store, it’s so easy making them at home. Plus, it allows you to mix up and flavor experiment your own alcoholic ice pops!
What Alcohol is Good for Popsicles?
Think of making boozy popsicles and freeze pops as if you are making a frozen cocktail. The flavor profiles are both the same. So any alcohol is good for popsicles!
And it doesn’t just have to be liquor. You can even freeze wine (just like the popular Claffey’s Frozen Cocktails freeze pops).
Basically, any frozen spirits like a can easily be turned into spirit pops. So if you’re in the mood for some strawberry lemonade flavors, then you can make, and then freeze a pink panty dropper cocktail.
Want a strawberry daiquiri? Mix one up and freeze it!
For subtle alcohol flavors, opt for vodka. It’s flavorless and less overpowering than rum or tequila.
Just remember to dilute the cocktail with the same amount of water you’d get from adding ice so that it freezes.
What Do These Frozen Alcohol Pops Taste Like?
Our alcoholic freeze pops taste like a twist on 2 tropical cocktails, the Gin Aloha and piña colada. The recipe calls for gin, triple sec, pineapple juice and coconut.
Typically, a piña colada calls for rum. And while we love some rum, we found the citrusy, floral notes of gin really refreshing in these alcoholic freeze pops.
The great thing about alcoholic freeze pops is that you can experiment with the ingredients. And the flavors of frozen spirit pops are more forgiving and subtle.
Ingredients and Tools Needed to Make Alcoholic Freeze Pops
Cointreau — Or any triple sec liqueur of your choice.
Pineapple juice — Feel free to experiment with other tropical fruit juices like orange juice or lemonade.
Coconut milk — From the carton, not the can. Coconut milk from the carton is more diluted than canned coconut milk. And therefore, it will freeze better and faster.
Food coloring — Optional to mimic the bold vibrant colors in your classic freeze pops. We like to use the natural food coloring available online, at specialty stores, and at Whole Foods.
You can also try making your own natural food coloring. Use pomegranate or beet juice for red, turmeric for yellow, matcha for green, and red cabbage juice for blue.
How to Make Alcoholic Freeze Pops
1 — In a blender, combine all the ingredients, and blend just until the sugar dissolves.
2 — To make variety packs of different colors (like the classic freeze pops), divide the mixed blend into separate bowls or containers. Then, add food coloring as desired.
4 — Freeze them laying flat for at least 3 hours, but ideally overnight. You will know when they are ready when are solid and hard.
How Long Do Cocktail Pops Keep?
Popsicles typically last 6-8 months in the freezer. However, it is best to consume alcoholic freeze pops and alcoholic popsicles within 1 month.
The consistency of the alcohol will change if it’s frozen for a long period of time.
More Popsicle Recipes
For more sweet frozen recipes to cool off with, check out our other easy recipes below —
- Popsicle Cocktail Recipe
- Roasted Peach & Cherry Popsicles
- Whole30 Tropical Paradise Popsicles
- Peaches and Cream Popsicles
Alcoholic Freeze Pops Recipe
- 4 oz gin
- 4 oz Cointreau
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 2 cup coconut milk from the carton, not the can
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- Food coloring optional
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients, and blend just until the sugar dissolves.
- Optional: To make variety packs of different colors (like the classic freeze pops), divide the mixed blend into separate bowls or containers. Then, add food coloring as desired.
- Using a funnel, pour the mix into ice popsicle mold bags. Do not overfill as it will expand. Seal the bags.
- Freeze them laying flat for at least 3 hours, but ideally overnight. You will know when they are ready when are solid and hard.
Don’t forget to share your alcoholic freeze pops with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We always love seeing all of your creations! Looking for more quick and delicious recipes? Find them all right here, with a few cocktails to go along with them!