Summer is full of opportunities to entertain friends and family, and serving icy-cold food and drink is always part of the equation. Delight the inner child -- and the outer adult -- in everyone by serving pop-tails: classic cocktails frozen in Popsicle molds. They are unique, delicious and -- most of all -- they’re fun!
If you are having a large party or don’t feel like buying the molds, you can freeze the pop-tails in small paper cups. Freeze until slushy, and then add a Popsicle stick. Then freeze until solid. Popsicle sticks are available at many baking supply and craft stores.
Rather than taking the time to mix up a pitcher of your favorite libations with which to make the pop-tails, use a pre-made cocktail like Bacardi’s Classic Cocktails. They come in a variety of flavors and the alcohol content is low enough the pop-tails freeze without too much trouble. For the best results, you will want to freeze them for at least 24 hours.
The instructions are basically the same, no matter which flavor you are making.
You can create two or three layers of flavor by freezing your Popsicles a little at a time. When choosing flavors, you'll want to consider how well they will work together in the finished pop.
When the pops are unmolded, you will have three distinct layers of color and flavor.
Adding a little fruit not only adds a little extra flavor, it makes the pop-tails pretty. Almost any fruit can be used.
Before you make the pop-tails for the first time, do a trial run with just one or two Popsicles. Different brands may have different amounts of alcohol. If there is too much alcohol in the mix your pops won’t freeze, but you can remedy the problem if you know about it.
If you find that you end up with slush after 24 hours, try making another batch but add some soda, club soda or juice to the prepared mix. This should cut down the ratio of alcohol to other ingredients enough to allow the pop-tails to freeze firmly.
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