I’ve always loved popsicles, but never as much as I do now that I’m an adult. It’s way more fun to make your own pops at home because the sky’s the limit when it comes to flavors. And, because I’m a grown-up, that means I can make grown-up flavors! These Lime Rickey Cocktail Popsicles have two of my favorite summer fruits: cherries and raspberries.Lime Rickeys are a refreshing drink made with gin or bourbon, sparkling water and fresh lime juice.
When we make them at home, we use lemon-lime soda (hold the booze) and add fruit juice or puree. They border on healthy because they are mostly fruit, with very little sugar. For a non-alcoholic version of this popsicle, just add more sparkling water.
Tips for great cocktail popsicles
- Don’t use too much alcohol or sugar. Too much of either of these will create a popsicle that doesn’t freeze as solid.
- Let the pops freeze at least overnight, if possible
- To loosen from the molds, dip in warm water for a few seconds and pull gently to loosen
- Strain the puree, if desired, to remove the raspberry seeds
- Chilling the puree first, or using frozen fruit, will help the pops set up more quickly
- For kid-friendly pops, substitute sparkling water, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for the alcohol
- If you don’t have a popsicle mold, use small paper or plastic cups, cover with foil and insert a wooden popsicle stick, then freeze
Cherry Berry Lime Rickey Cocktail Pops
- 8 ounces pitted cherries
- 8 ounces raspberries
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup gin or bourbon or more sparkling water
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- Puree cherries, raspberries, lime juice, sugar, and alcohol in a blender until smooth.
- Add the sparkling water and pulse a few times to combine. Let stand to let the fizz die down a little.
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.