For some reason in summer everyone starts to accept drinking during the day. And why limit yourself to just a cocktail in a cup? Especially when you could be having it in the form of a popsicle.
Wow that paragraph made me sound like I have a problem. But I swear that alcoholic popsicles aka poptails (cocktail + popsicle = poptail) are going to be your new summer treat. I’ve made a few different kinds over the years but one of my favourite ways to start off is with a mojito one.
When my partner’s mom recently expressed excitement at the idea of this I knew I had to make them. Also we recently accidentally spent several hours in Ikea and left with only a popsicle mould. So I had to make use of that important purchase.
All of that being said these are insanely simple to make and you can stick them in your freezer forever – but I doubt they’ll last that long.
It wouldn’t be a recipe from me if I didn’t recommend doubling something. The original recipe for these says 1/4 cup lime juice and 1/4 cup rum. But if you follow this you really only taste the simple syrup. So add a bit more lime for flavour and a bit more rum because you might as well? Yes this means that there is a bit more liquid but it won’t affect much otherwise.
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 20 mint leaves, plus more to garnish
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup rum
I’m adding a final step to this as well because I wanted to accommodate the biggest mistake people make when creating homemade popsicles (myself included).
- In a small saucepan, heat sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in mint leaves. Cover and let steep until mint syrup is cool.
- In a bowl combine mint syrup, lime juice and rum. Pour mixture into popsicle moulds, adding fresh mint leaves into each one (for garnish). Freeze for at least 4 hours.
- Run the mould under really hot water when you take them out of the freezer and pop out the popsicle immediately. If it feels like it’s resisting don’t pull! You’ll lose the stick and there’s really no way to get it back in. You can put the popsicles back in the mould to rest and when you want them it will be easier to get them out.
Let me know if you make these! I’d love to see photos or hear your thoughts about how to adjust them to make them even better.