Say hello to summer's new adult-friendly refreshing treat! These ice pops are fun and fruity and spiked with a little something making them the ultimate pool-side snack. With real fruit and no artificial flavors or coloring, they're a wholesome way to enjoy a freezer pop. Made three different ways, there's bound to be one for everyone!
Wahooo it's finally summer time! I think we can all agree spring 2020 has been a WiLd ride. After being stuck inside for a good 3 months (!!!!), I for one am excited about getting outdoors this summer to enjoy some sunshine. And summer heat can only mean one thing...ice pops! They're the perfect way to cool off and let be honest, they're just way too much FUN!
We made these boozy ice pops three different ways so there's one for everyone. Simply omit the alcohol or substitute sparking water to make a "mocktail" version. To all my fellow summer pregnant gals, don't worry, I have your back!
How to Make Ice Pop Bags
Yes, you can make your very own freezer pop bags right at home! It's actually quite easy but I do recommend adult supervision! Here is what you need:
What you need:
- Large gallon-sized ziplock bags. You will need at least 2 to make all three versions below.
- A old dull kitchen knife. Emphasis on the dull and old as you may tarnish the knife.
- A lighter or match (here's where the adult supervision comes into play
- Place a ziplock bag flat on a surface you can cut on
- Heat the back side of your dull kitchen knife with the lighter or match. You will want to move the flame over the length of the knife for a good 20 - 30 seconds to get it hot
- Quickly press the hot side of the knife into the ziplock bag and drag it from the top of the bag to the bottom while applying pressure. The heat and pressure will not only cut through the plastic of the bag but will also seal the sides shut.
- After you have cut the ziplock bag in half, you will want to repeat steps 1 - 3 above to cut the two halves into thirds. You should have a total of 6 ice pop bags per gallon-sized ziplock bag.
- Finally, I like to test out the finished ice pop bags with water to make sure they are sealed. If you find a leak or that part of the bag didn't seal well enough, simply hold a flame up to the area and the plastic will scrunch together to seal it shut.
Can I buy Pre-made Ice Pop bags?
Totally! If you aren't into the whole DIY thing or are afraid of fire (I get you), there are tons of other options:
- These come with a silicone funnel making filling them up a breeze!
- These are silicone and are both a bag and a holder with a lid!
- These come in a pack of 18 if you only want a few
Boozy Mango Jalapeño Ice Pops
This one goes out all the guys out there who throw jalapeños in e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g (aka my husband). Yes, you can sip on a frozen spiked ice pop and still retain your man-card. The jalapeño is required though. Just kidding. This Mango Jalapeño is for anyone who loves a little spiciness in their drinks. It's the perfect combination of sweet from the mango and agave and heat from the jalapeño. It just so happens to be my husband's favorite of the bunch too!
Tips for Making Mango Jalapeño Freezer Pops
As always, here are some quick tips to ensure your ice pops are the best when you're enjoying one pool-side this summer:
- Make sure your mango is ripe. When picking out a mango at the store, you want to look for a mango that is not perfectly circular. They should also be a tad soft and will give a little when you press on the outside.
- De-seed your jalapeño. Yes, you will still get a major kick when you de-seed the jalapeño. As we are blending it up in a blender, we only want the fresh green part.
- Mix up the alcohol. These ice pops are meant to be tweaked to your own personal preference. I used tequila in this recipe as it pairs well with the mango and jalapeño combo. If you want to add some additional smokiness, try mezcal! It's my personal favorite liquor of choice. If you'd like to make these alcohol-free, simply omit the liquor all together.
Spiked Pineapple Coconut Ice Pops
For all my coconut fans out there, this one is for you! This Pineapple Coconut Ice Pop gives off some serious piña colada vibes. With juicy pineapple, a touch of coconut sugar, and creamy coconut milk, this flavor will send you right to the Caribbean.
Tips for Making Pineapple Coconut Freezer Pops
- Choose a ripe pineapple. When shopping for your pineapple, choose one that has. a yellow body. It the body has a green tint, it may not be ripe. You can also smell a pineapple and if it smells sweet then it's ripe!
- Use full-fat coconut milk. Full-fat coconut milk is a combination of coconut cream and coconut water. The cream is what we want to give these ice pops some serious creaminess.
- Alcohol substitutes. As with the other ice pops, you can mix up the alcohol as you wish. We use a light rum in this recipe as that is what is used in a traditional piña colada. If you prefer dark rum, simply substitute for your favorite. To make a 'mocktail' version, use coconut flavored sparking water in place of the alcohol.
Raspberry Rosé Ice Pops
And finally, for my girly girls, this Raspberry Rosé ice pop was inspired by you all. Similar to the well-known frosé, this freezer pop is basically your favorite pink sparking wine in slushy form. It's sweet and sophisticated and oh so refreshing. The addition of fresh raspberries elevates the flavors of the rosé and adds a touch of natural sweetness.
Tips for Making Raspberry Rosé Freezer Pop
- Use fresh raspberries. This should be a given because non-fresh raspberries are typically mushy and don't have as potent of a color. We use 2 cups of raspberries in this recipe which is pretty much the equivalent of a 6-oz carton at the store, give or take a couple raspberries.
- Only use half the bottle of rosé. We use half a bottle of rosé as this gives us 4 - 5 freezer pops, the same as the other flavors. If you'd like to use the whole bottle, simply add in another carton of raspberries. However, if you're worried about wasting the other half of the bottle, I'm sure you will find a way to make sure it's empty by the end of the weekend ;).