Alcoholic Ice Pops Are The Summer-Sipping Party On TikTok

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There's no time like the present to make a few preparations for your backyard barbecues and summer soirees so you can effortlessly entertain all season long. In addition to filling the propane tank and cleaning the outdoor furniture, we'll be making boozy ice pops to welcome the warmer temps as they climb into the 80s and 90s.

Alcoholic ice pops from brands like Truly can be purchased at liquor stores, but making the grown-up nostalgic treat at home is simple, inexpensive, and, dare we say, fun with a popular TikTok hack. The supermarket freezer pops we loved as a kid (like Fla-Vor-Ice), dying our tongues a primary color, can be transformed into adult ice pops overnight with minimal effort upfront and the right tool.


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To make an alcoholic ice pop, you'll need freezer pops in plastic sleeves, scissors, alcohol, and a hair straightener. While vodka is an obvious choice, rum or coconut-flavored Malibu rum are tropical substitutions we wouldn't dismiss for daiquiri-inspired frozen cocktails. Preheat the hair straightener to a low to medium setting while you prepare the frozen treats. Use the scissors (not your teeth) to snip off one end of an unfrozen ice pop and pour some of the liquid out, about 1.5 ounces, creating space for a shot and leaving room to reseal the pop. Remember that alcohol doesn't freeze, so less is more with this fun dessert.

Boozy Fla-Vor-Ice

Add a shot of your alcohol of choice and use the hair straightener to reseal the freezer pop by briefly clamping down on the cut end to melt the plastic. To protect the hair straightener and prevent the plastic from completely melting, place a sheet of parchment paper between the ice pop and the straightener as an insurance policy. Place the ice pops in the freezer overnight and enjoy them with friends all season long. 


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Another variation using the same technique removes a little more of the fruity syrup to add sour and sweet gummy candies, like Sour Patch Kids or Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers, before topping the ice pop with vodka. Present the boozy ice pops to your guests in a small bucket or glass vase with the freshly cut end facing up, and let them help themselves.

Don't want your creativity stifled by artificial syrups? Purchase disposable ice pop baggies like these on Amazon, use a freezer pop tray, or go old-school with a wooden stick inserted into a Dixie cup to make a homemade ice pop with your favorite cocktail. 

Need inspiration? Blend ginger beer, limeade, vodka, lime juice, and lime zest to make a fantastic Moscow Mule-inspired ice pop. Take advantage of the fresh mint growing and make a blueberry mojito ice pop with mint simple syrup, rum, lime juice, and fresh blueberries. Or simply combine lemonade and a shot of vodka for a vodka lemonade popsicle that's tart and tangy.