Turn your wine into popsicle cocktails with ice pops, fruit, and fresh herbs! It makes a fun summer drink, and you can vary the herbs and garnishes based on the popsicle flavor.
I tried popsicle cocktails at an event last summer, and immediately started making them at home. They're the perfect lazy summer cocktail and they're a hit at backyard barbecues. All you need is a bottle of wine, popsicles, and some fresh herbs and fruit if you want to make it extra fancy.
The popsicle functions as ice in the glass and adds flavor and color to the wine as you stir it. You can also eat it as you go, or when you finish the drink. It's a drink and a snack!
This drink is more of a set of guidelines than a recipe, but some wines and flavor combinations will taste better than others.
You can use any type of wine for these drinks, but I'd recommend a white wine with a bit of sweetness, like a riesling, moscato, or rosé. Since popsicles are super sweet, a dry wine will seem bitter by comparison.
You could also use a sparkling wine like prosecco, sparkling rosé, or champagne. Mimosas with an orange popsicle, anyone?
You can use any kind of popsicle. I recommend getting a big variety pack if you're serving these to guests so they can each pick their own flavors. I've noticed that "natural" popsicles tend to melt faster, so good old fashioned popsicles are ideal.
The popsicles add color, flavor, and sweetness to the wine, so they function like a brightly-colored simple syrup.
Add a sprig of mint, rosemary, or basil to the drink! Rubbing the leaves between your fingers before adding the herbs to your drink can help release their natural oils and infuse the wine with more flavor.
Frozen berries (or other fruit) can add some more color to your glass, and help keep the wine chilled.
Lemon and Lime Slices
Squeezing a bit of lemon or lime juice into the wine and then adding the slices into the glass will balance the sweetness of the wine and popsicle and add more flavor to the cocktail.
Pour the wine to 4 glasses (a bottle of wine is 4 glasses, FYI).
Add the popsicles, fresh herbs, frozen berries, lemon and lime slices, and simple syrup, if using. Serve immediately!
There's no wrong way to make popsicle cocktails, but here are some flavor combinations that taste delicious.
- Cherry popsicles pair well with white wine and frozen berries.
- Strawberry popsicles pair well with white wine, fresh basil, and lemon.
- Grape popsicles pair well with sparkling wine and lemon slices.
- Orange popsicles pair well with champagne and orange juice.
- Lime popsicles pair well with white wine, lime slices, and mint.
- Lemon popsicles pair well with prosecco and rosemary.
- Kid-Friendly Popsicle Drinks/Mocktails: replace the wine with juice, soda water, or sparkling grape juice. If you're serving these at a kid-friendly party, you know they're going to want their own version too!
- Liquor-based Popsicle Cocktails: you can add popsicles to any type of cocktail! Citrus-flavored popsicles are the most versatile—think lime popsicles in a mojito or margarita!
- 1 bottle white wine, rosé, or prosecco, chilled
- 4 popsicles
- 4 sprigs fresh herbs, such as mint, basil, or rosemary
- Frozen berries
- Lemon and lime slices
- Simple syrup, to taste, optional, if you want extra sweetness
- Pour the wine into 4 glasses.
- Add the popsicles, fresh herbs, frozen berries, lemon and lime slices, and simple syrup, if using. Serve immediately.
- Use any type of wine you like! It's best to use a wine slightly on the sweeter side so the levels of sweetness between the wine and popsicle are balanced.
- Chill the wine before making the drinks so that the popsicles don't melt too fast.
- You can add a popsicle to any drink, not just wine! Try a lime popsicle in a margarita or mojito, or cherry in a vodka cranberry.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Unsaturated Fat: 0g