Popsicles were always a favorite summer treat as a kid. I recall the sticky drips of cherry on my toes that had me running for the pool to wash my bare-feet. Ah… childhood memories. Seriously though, why should kids have all the fun? This month, I’m sharing my favorite boozey popsicles for the grown ups.
The first is a classic summer cocktail that seeks to quench your thirst on a hot day. It was my Grandfather’s favorite drink, and often considered an old person’s drink by my husband. It is one of my favorites in the summer. There’s something a bit nostalgic about sipping a G&T on the porch in the late afternoon.
Instead of sipping one, I took the classic Gin & Tonic and froze it. How cool is that?
The recipe is simple. You’ll need a bottle of gin, a bottle of tonic water, the juice of half a lime, and thin slices of cucumber. Mix 1 1/2 cups of tonic water with the lime juice and 4oz of gin. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter which brand of gin you opt to use. I used Tanqueray as it’s what I had on hand. You could use a less expensive gin for these and arrive at the same result.
My first attempt came out a bit icy, but was still a fabulous indulgence of on a hot day.
I found a few interesting facts about Gin while writing this piece. Did you know it dates back to the Middle Ages and is derived from juniper berries? It was an easy liquor to distill with ingredients readily accessible to everyone. It started as a Dutch liquor and gained in popularity under the rule of William of Orange. Eventually it became known more as a British libation. Even today some of the best gin hails from the U.K.
These boozey popsicles will be a hit at your next pool party or girls night in.