Popsicle Mimosa

As part of our #HOOCHHowDoYouDrinkYours series we decided to showcase some fun ways to drink your alcohol! These boozy popsicle mimosas (poptails!), served in a glass of sparkling wine, are like: Hello inner child. Have a drink.

Here’s a conundrum for you: summer is almost over. Frosty cocktails seem like the perfect way to chill out. These poptails are the perfect way to keep your drink cold without diluting it down.

No, these aren’t merely mimosa-flavored popsicles.  And although mimosa-flavored popsicles are probably pretty good,  popsicles (like mimosas themselves) heat up too quickly to enjoy in warm weather. We’re constantly concerned about finishing the popsicle before it runs down our hands. Not relaxing.

No, these delicious creations are even BETTER! This isn’t hyperbole, it’s just fact. The glass of wine, as your Popsicle holder, keeps the Popsicle from sending sticky sugar down your fingers.

First, we used this popsicle mold to make our treats. We like it because it uses wooden sticks instead of reusable plastic ones, so you don’t have to run around collecting everyone’s slobbery remainders. We’re not into that.

Whichever mold you use, we recommend pouring your pops, starting to freeze without the popsicle sticks, and then add the sticks after an hour or so. The delay in adding the sticks ensures they stay in place, not drooping around off-kilter, which makes them harder to remove.  Also, don’t fill your molds to the brim, or the liquid will freeze to the lid. When you decide to take out a popsicle, make your life easier by running some hot water over the mold – it helps the pop, well, pop out.

This recipe takes into account the fact that alcohol makes it more difficult for liquid to freeze solid. While we’re usually all about the booze, don’t add extra Cointreau or triple sec – your pops will flop. Of course, you can always pour an extra splash into the bubbly! (Be warned, alcohol also makes these pops melt more quickly – keep it in that glass or risk drips!) Feel free to change out the strawberries for a different fruit, or leave them out altogether.

Ingredients

3-4 fresh strawberries, chopped into small pieces (or other fruit – or omit altogether)
10 strawberries, whole or roughly chopped, for garnish (or other fruit – or omit altogether)
2½ cups orange juice
3½ ounces Cointreau or Triple Sec
2 bottles chilled champagne / prosecco / some type of sparkling wine

 

Instructions

 

  1. Drop a few small pieces of strawberry into the bottom of each popsicle mold. Feel free to substitute a different fruit, or omit fruit altogether.
  2. Combine orange juice and Cointreau/Triple Sec in a large measuring container with a spout, or a pitcher.
  3. Pour the orange juice mixture into the molds, being careful to leave a little space at the top – about half an inch. (You may have some extra OJ depending on how much strawberry you added to the molds.)
  4. Carefully place your mold in the freezer. When the OJ has started to freeze (about 30-60 minutes depending on your freezer strength), add the popsicle sticks. Continue to freeze until frozen solid – this will take a few hours.
  5. When frozen, run some hot water over the outside of the mold to loosen the popsicle. Pull gently on the stick and remove your pop.
  6. Serve in a glass of bubbly, garnish with your additional strawberries, and enjoy!