21 Boozy ice pops to help you beat the heat

May 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Kids love ice pops, but why should they get to have all the fun? Try these great grown-up takes on a childhood favorite.

Recently we've seen the rise of the "poptail" — that is, delicious little frozen treats that pack a grown-up punch. The fact is, ice pops don't get less delicious the older you get. Whether they are on little wooden sticks or squeezed through a plastic tube, we just get to add a little something extra to them. Extra booze, that is.

1. Triple-layer margarita ice pops recipe

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Let's start with a summertime favorite: the margarita!

2. Mojito ice pops recipe

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Mojitos are another great way to cool down. And we love the fact that this one comes in a classic little plastic tube.

3. Strawberry margarita ice pops recipe

This one gives new meaning to "frozen" strawberry margarita.

4. Peach Bellini ice pops recipe

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Everything about these little pops is great, from the genius use of a refreshing wine to their adorable little star shape.

5. Cherry, coconut and rum ice pops recipe

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This one is like a grown-up Dreamsicle. For those of you who love a little creamy treat on a hot day.

6. Baileys poptails recipe

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Baileys is a wonderful liqueur for sipping. Who knew it would be great for nibbling on too?

7. Cucumber gin and tonic ice pops recipe

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Talk about refreshing! Even your favorite basic cocktail is great as an ice pop.

8. Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and raspberry ice pops recipe

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This one doesn't just sound great — it looks pretty too!

9. Watermelon tequila wedges recipe

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This has to be the easiest way to make an adults-only treat this summer.

10. Peach sangria ice pops recipe

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What's better than sangria? Frozen sangria, of course!

11. Mango margarita pops recipe

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Are mangoes the official fruit of summer? Because they really should be.

12. Strawberry riesling pops recipe

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For when you want something a little sweeter, these strawberry pops should do the trick very nicely.

13. Piña colada ice pops recipe

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You're going to need this poptail recipe for any impending beach vacation you're going on.

14. Pomegranate and Champagne sangria ice pops recipe

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This is a deliciously fun way to use any late-season pomegranates you're lucky enough to find!

15. Summer berry mojito pops recipe

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This grown-up take on the classic berry popsicle is sure to delight at a backyard barbecue.

16. Watermelon mojito ice pops recipe

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With watermelons in season, you'll want to put one (or two) to good use with a recipe like this.

17. Sex on the Beach ice pops recipe

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Whatever you think of the cocktail that inspired this ice pop, you're sure to love this updated take.

18. Boozy fresh fruit puree pops recipe

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These fresh pops are super simple to make — no special equipment required!

19. Pimm's Cup ice pops recipe

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Pimm's Cup lovers will have a new go-to way to unwind this summer.

20. Mudslide ice pops recipe

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Can you even have a list of delicious summery treats without including a frozen fudge pop? This one is totally perfect.

21. Watermelon and mint gin pops recipe

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It doesn't get more refreshing than a dash of mint on a hot summer's day.

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