Frozen cocktails are perfect for combating the summer heat with the added bonus of giving you a nice buzz. But if you’re looking for something even stiffer (literally), consider boozy popsicles. The adults-only frozen treat is cool, refreshing, and easy to make—simply wrangle up your favorite spirit, wine, or beer, blend with some mixers (fresh fruit, perhaps?), pour into a popsicle mold, and chill.
So move over, bottle of vodka, there’s another alcoholic indulgence that’s about to take up residence in your freezer.
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Geared towards the kid at heart, these eye-popping popsicles (the electric blue color comes courtesy of Hawaiian Punch Polar Blast and Curaçao) are sure to leave a lasting impression visually, not to mention on your lips and tongue. As for the garnish, a Swedish Fish is the obvious choice to swim in a lagoon. Get the Blue Lagoon Cocktail Popsicles recipe.
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Add a little S&M to your G&T. To be clear, we’re referring to strawberry and mango which bring visual pop and a tropical touch to this frozen take on a cocktail classic. Get the Strawberry-Mango Gin and Tonic Popsicles recipe.
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Fudgesicle fans, we didn’t forget about you. It only takes three ingredients to prepare this chocoholic pop which brings together Italy’s sweetest spread with the spirit of Kentucky. And while it doesn’t get top billing, don’t forget the milk for a creamy finish. Get the Bourbon Nutella Popsicles recipe.
Raised on Otter Pops? Try this grown-up riff on the stickless frozen favorite. A Caribbean confluence of pineapple juice, orange juice, and coconut rum (plus lime and a shot of grenadine) brings the island heat in a very cool package. Get the Bahama Mama Ice Pops recipe.
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Who says you shouldn’t mix ice with your wine? Merlot is the varietal of choice here for its easy drinking appeal. And if they’re in season, take advantage of fresh cherries to unleash the stone fruit’s full flavor potential. Get the Cherry-Merlot Winesicles recipe.
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Enjoy a more sophisticated take on the summertime tradition of getting your watermelon wasted. Chambord (the distinctively bottled raspberry liqueur) and vanilla bean join forces with vodka for a boozy 30-minute soak while an additional four hour freeze is definitely worth the wait. Get our Drunken Watermelon Pops recipe.
Also known as the Dirty Pirate, this twist on a Cuba libre gets an extra shot of caffeine thanks to the addition of Kahlua. The “aye aye” opening combo of spiced rum, coffee liquor, and cola will have you hooked. Get the Rum and Coke Popsicles recipe.
Instead of cracking open a beer, experience a really cold one. A blend of fresh berries offers a welcome tartness to the hoppy base while a rosemary simple syrup builds on the sweetness of the fruit and offers a light herbal finish. Get the Berry-Beer Popsicles recipe.
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If Margaritaville was actually on the map, this would be the national food (well, along with cheeseburgers). Skip the premade mix and prepare your frozen ‘rita from scratch with a blend of tequila, lime, and orange liqueur. Get the Boozy Margarita Popsicles recipe.
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