While ice cream is a crowd pleaser 365 days a year, there's something about a popsicle that seems synonymous with summer. Maybe it's the childhood memories of mom keeping the freezer fully stocked all season—or maybe we're just looking for any excuse to indulge in a frozen treat. And while you can't bring back your youth, we've got a twist on this old-fashioned favorite that will make you glad you've entered into adulthood.
In honor of National Tequila Day, our friends at Cocktail Courier—the amazing drink kit delivery service highlighting libations from local mixologists—shared their recipe for boozy "Paloma Pops." This popsicle version of the refreshing Paloma Diabla (created by Paul Sauter at Tippling Hall) is made with Avión Silver Tequila, plus a few other ingredients, and just might make you feel like a nap on the beach after consumption.
Best of all, there's no need to make multiple trips to the liquor and grocery stores to get your supplies. Cocktail Courier just launched a special kit that contains everything you need (including the liquor) in perfectly measured amounts. Who needs one day to celebrate tequila? You'll want to imbibe on these icy refreshments all summer long. The cost works out to $5.99 per pop with a minimum order of 15. You can purchase it online here.
Y-shaped vegetable peeler
Mason jar or mixing vessel
Popsicle mold/popsicle sticks
Citrus Simple Syrup Recipe:
1 cup distilled water
1 cup white sugar (granulated is fine)
Add distilled water to saucepan. Using vegetable peeler, zest strips of grapefruit and lime peel into the water. Heat water over high heat until just below boiling (be careful not to boil it.) Remove pot from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove the peels and add sugar. Stir to dissolve. Cool syrup; bottle and label it for later use.
Paloma Pop Recipe (yields about 4):
5 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice, strained (6–8 limes, depending on size)
2 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
3 oz. Avión Silver Tequila
2 oz. Combier Pamplemousse
3 oz. Citrus Simple Syrup (see recipe above)
5 oz. distilled water
First, prepare simple syrup according to instructions. Next, juice limes and grapefruit (don't forget to use the ones previously zested for the syrup!) into individual containers, strain out pulp, and set aside. Measure and add ingredients to a mason jar or larger mixing vessel. Stir and pour into popsicle mold. Add sticks and freeze overnight. Once frozen, run warm water quickly and carefully over mold and gently remove the popsicles from the mold using the sticks. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and enjoy.