It is getting close to summer and that means lots of warm weather and get togethers outside. Something nice and cool is always a great treat on these days. For this week’s cocktails we are making some frozen goodies and you can make them with or without alcohol so you can make some for the grownups and some for the kids.
I have mentioned Sparkling ICE many times here on my blog, but for those unfamiliar with this brand it is a zero calorie, naturally flavored, spring water. Thanks to their PR team for sharing this recipe that I added to. You can find Sparkling ICE at your local grocery store and they come in tons of flavors! They have a line of Sparkling Lemonades as well. For today’s recipe use any flavor you like, or several flavors!
- Ice Cube Tray or ice pop molds if you have them
- Popsicle sticks or sucker sticks
- Your favorite Sparkling Ice
- Chopped fresh fruit like raspberries, blackberries, strawberries
Directions for No Alcohol Ice Pops:
Fill your trays/molds with Sparkling ICE. If using fruit, fill a little less with liquid and then add a small scoop of your chopped fruit. If you are using ice cube trays, lightly cover with waxed paper or aluminum foil and then gently poke the sticks thru – the paper/foil will help them stay upright. If using a mold, just fill as directed and insert handles. Freeze for about 2 hours or until frozen.
Directions for Alcohol Ice Pops:
The only difference here is that you are going to mix the vodka in with your Sparkling ICE of choice. I recommend a ratio of 2 ounces of vodka for every 3 cups of Sparkling ICE. If you try to make them stronger than this they really will not freeze solid – although a slushy is good too but just not in a popsicle mold.
SAFETY TIP: If making both with and without alcohol make sure to clearly mark which is which. If using wide sticks you can write on the stick. If using thin sticks use a permanent marker to color the sticks and let guests know which colors have alcohol. You could also use different shaped molds – one shape for no alcohol, another shape for ones with alcohol.
Do you think you will make some ICE Pop Sparklers this summer? What kinds do you think you would make?