I’ve been on a popsicle kick as of late. It makes sense, because it has been sweltering here in Texas. I think my biggest popsicle triumph thus far is the Gin & Tonic popsicle. I’m sharing the recipe with you today, as well as offering a fun give-a-way at the end of the post!
I’ve got a stash on hand of these gin & tonic pops as well as raspberry lemonade pops so that I can kick back and cool off whenever I need to.
I wasn’t planning on sharing the recipe for these gin & tonic pops – you see, I had this hair-brained idea that I was going to drop out of my current life and start a popsicle business. No really. Once the gin & tonic popsicles turned out so delightful, I was OBSESSED with the concept of gourmet/grown-up popsicles. San Antonio has such a strong tradition built around the paleta, and I was just so sure that I could be successful with a mobile paleta cart.
I stayed up all night one brainstorming flavors, researching commercial production equipment, and I ordered some popsicle molds so that I could get serious about research and development (the dixie cup production really isn’t consumer friendly). I also put together a business plan. Honestly though – I put together a business plan???!!! I was serious. It’s hilarious now looking back at my flurry of activity. I even contacted one of my lawyer friends to start researching the necessary permits and licenses to operate a mobile food business (It’s easier than you would think).
I was excited about it. I felt inspired and enthusiastic about something for the first time in a long time. I’ve since come to my senses and determined that it is not, in fact, my dream to be a paleta lady. I think it did me some good to get excited about something, anything really. And I’m feeling more energized about life in general, even though I’ve abandoned my plan for gourmet paleta carts & total world domination.
Since I’m not planning on being a popsicle empresaria afterall, I’m able to share this fun recipe with you folks!
1/2 cup gin
10 oz tonic
16 oz 7-up
juice of 1 lime
garnish of your choice (option)
Combine all the ingredients. Arrange 15 3oz cups on a tray or cookie sheet. If you’re using a garnish or infusion, drop a small amount into each cup before filling with the liquid base. Fill each cup to just shy of the top. Cover each cup with tin foil and insert a wooden stick through the foil.
Freeze for 12 hours. Because of the alcohol content, these will take longer than average popsicles to set firmly. Also – do not increase the alcohol in this recipe, or they will not freeze at all.
I infused the base with a chiffonade of fresh basil from our garden, and it complimented the botanical flavors in the gin very well. If you’re not a fan of basil, other good options include rosemary, cucumber, pink peppercorns, or lime wedges. If you don’t want to fuss with adding an infusion you could just make the base and that would be just fine. I think that herbs add a nice visual interest to the pops though.
Popsicles are so ingenious. You can adapt the flavors to suit your mood and the possibilities are limitless. Some of the flavors I brainstormed include: Central Texas Lavender in a Yogurt & Honey base, Cardamom Cherry Chutney, Mint & Mango, Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon & Chile Pepper… I came up with a list of about 75 flavor combinations I wanted to try!
If only I could harness this energy for good.
It’s giveaway time!
Back when I was just convinced that my calling in life was to be a gourmet popsicle artisan, I ordered several popsicle molds online. Since I’ve slept on it, regained my composure and decided not to drop out of life I no longer need so many molds. I’m keeping one set so that I can keep tinkering around with my new popsicle passion, but I want to pass on my enthusiasm to my readers.
I’ll be giving away two of these Progressive freezer pop mold kits to randomly selected entrants who leave a comment on this post. The give-a-way will be open from today through noon on Sunday, August 22nd. The winner will be notified on Monday August 23rd.
Leave me a comment and share what flavor popsicles you would like to make if you win!
The fine print: This post is in no way sponsored by the maker of the popsicle molds, or anyone else. I just feel like sharing a little bit of the excitement I felt about popsicles with my readers.