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Over-21 popsicles
Frozen treats for hot summer days

07/17/14
By Stefanie Phillips food@hippopress.com



 During these warm days of summer, a chilled glass of wine is nice, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. This got me thinking: is there a better way to enjoy wine or another favorite drink without sipping it from a glass? It turns out that yes, there is.

When I was a child, one of my favorite things was those frozen tubes of sugar water also known as the push-up pops or freeze pops. You can still enjoy them as an adult, but why not make them even better by adding your favorite wine or liquor and turning them into a frozen popsicle treat?
Here are a few adult popsicle recipe ideas to get you through these hot summer days with a little refreshment. They are a great idea if you are heading to a barbecue, hosting a summer event or just looking for a way to use up some leftover wine or liquor. And they are quick and easy. All you need is a few ingredients and a popsicle tray. They are pretty easy to find at local stores this time of year and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 
 
Boozy Bellini Popsicles
Recipe courtesy E is for Eat
 
¼ cup Champagne or sparkling wine
¾ cup peach puree — For the peach puree, you’ll need about six peaches or nectarines (1.5 pounds) and 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
 
To make the puree, peel and pit the peaches or nectarines. Place in blender with sugar (optional) until smooth.
To make the popsicles, measure ¾ cup puree and mix with ¼ cup Champagne. This is the general ratio. If you have extra puree, just make sure you keep it 75 percent puree to 25 percent wine. 
Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for several hours or overnight. Makes about four popsicles, depending upon tray size.
 
Red Wine Fudgesicles
Recipe courtesy A Beautiful Mess
 
1 cup red wine
1½ cups dark chocolate chips
1½ cups milk
 
In a small pot, simmer the wine over low/medium heat for 8 to 12 minutes, or until it reduces. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until it melts completely. Stir in the milk. Pour into the popsicle tray and freeze overnight. Makes about four to six popsicles depending on tray size.   
 
Strawberry Champagne Popsicles
Recipe courtesy Brown Sugar
 
¼ cup water
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 pound fresh strawberries
1 cup Champagne or sparkling wine
 
In a small sauce pan, add the water, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a slight boil. Boil for five minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside and let cool.
Cut the tops off of the berries and slice in half. Puree or blend slightly in a food processor or blender (the smoothness can be to your own liking). Put the strawberry puree into a bowl and add the liquid mixture and Champagne. Stir until well mixed.
Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze for at least six hours, or overnight. Makes about six popsicles. 
 
White Sangria Popsicles
Recipe courtesy Confections of a Foodie Bride
 
1 bottle dry white wine
½ cup simple syrup (sugar and water mixture)
½ cup orange liqueur (Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
2 lemons
2 cups chopped fruit (strawberries, apples, peaches, blackberries, etc.)
 
Combine the wine, simple syrup and orange liqueur in a large pitcher. Juice one lemon into the pitcher. Slice the other lemon thinly and then halve those slices. Add to the pitcher with the remaining fruit. Pour into 3-ounce paper cups and freeze for about two hours or until they start to ice over. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for another two to three hours or until solid. Makes about 24 popsicles. (You can also use a popsicle mold if desired but the yield will be different depending on the mold size). This recipe can also be used to make regular sangria — just add some sparkling water (she recommends two cups) before serving.
 
As seen in the July 17, 2014 issue of the Hippo. 





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