Give yourself the gift of boozy ice pops this summer

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Take Summer to the Next Level with Boozy Ice Pops

You know what's better than an ice pop? An ice pop that is completely on board with your loftiest summer goals. Read: One that will help you achieve an ideal level of tipsiness with friends on a lazy, sunny afternoon. These easy DIY ice pops may look sweet on the outside—packed with mango, blackberries, banana, and coconut milk—but they get the job done, thanks to a healthy pour of white rum. Here's how to do it.

Sugarcoat It

Rescue that pint of sad blackberries from your fridge and put them right into a medium-sized sauce pan and turn the stove up to medium-high heat. Add about 1 Tbsp. of water and 1 Tbsp. of sugar, then let the mixture go. When the berry/sugar/water mixture reduces enough so that it resembles jam (we recommend stirring along the way to prevent burning at the bottom), transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Here Comes the Rum

In a food processor, combine three cups of mango, one sliced banana, 2 oz. of white rum, 1 Tbsp. of lime juice, ⅓ cup of coconut milk, and a dash of salt. Let it whirl until smooth.

Get It Poppin'

If you've spent your whole life oohing and aahing at technicolor tie-dyed tees and vivid layers of Sand Art, this will be your favorite part of the process. In a sheet of plastic ice pop molds, fill about ¼ of the mold with the mango-rum mixture. Then pour in a layer of the blackberry jam. Alternate—mango, blackberry, mango, blackberry—until the mold is full.

The Big Freeze

The hardest part is over. Put the popsicle sticks in, cover the tray, and pop the rack in the freezer. Ignore the tray until the ice pops are frozen solid, around four hours. When you're ready, they can prove challenging to remove from the tray, so pro tip: Dip the mold in a bowl of warm water till they loosen enough to eat.

Check out other summery drinks below:

6 summer drinks
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6 summer drinks

No. 1: Josh Capon's Margarita

If you’re craving a high-end but simple marg, Josh Capon’s classic recipe will hit the spot.

Tip: In any cocktail that features liquor, quality matters. You don’t want to have to keep adding ingredients to mask the taste of the liquor; instead you want a mellow flavor that will complement the other ingredients.

No. 2: John Cuismano's Texas 40 Cocktail

Rach’s hubby (and house cocktail master) John whipped up this refreshing gin cocktail for Sunny Anderson’s 40th birthday. The gin is paired with refreshing lemon juice, St. Germaine liqueur (made from elderflowers), and a splash of bitters. The drink is shaken, poured over ice, and then topped with pink champagne.

No. 3: The "TC"

This lemon-lime gin cocktail is a perfect antidote to a steamy summer day.

​No. 4: John Cuisman's Salty Dog Fizz

This salty gin cocktail combines salt and the tang of grapefruit to create a perfect adult beverage to sip on the porch.

​No. 5: Josh Capon's Chile-Rubbed Mango Margarita

Josh Capon’s second margarita to make our list takes it up a notch. This chile-rubbed mango margarita is both sweet and spicy, and would pair perfectly with some grilled carne asada or fajitas.

No. 6: Andrew Zimmern's Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

This delicious lemonade combines the tartness of lemon, the brightness of mint and the mellow taste of cucumber for a virgin beverage the whole family can enjoy. Add your favorite liquor if you want to make it adult-only!


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