Beating the Summer Heat with Spirited Ice Pops

Growing up, my mother used to make my brother and me homemade popsicles during the summer. They were always such a special treat and we enjoyed the variety of flavors she would make. I can still picture the plastic molds she used (Mom, where are those? Can I borrow them?!) to make them.

Popsicles really are a fun summer snack. And everywhere I turn these days, I see a new trend emerging: spirited ice pops. What a nice, refreshing, grown-up way to beat the summer heat!

The spirited pops would make a great dessert for a summer barbeque or an informal rehearsal dinner. Choose one flavor to match your theme (e.g. Pina Colada Pops for a Tropical-Themed Party) or serve several flavors to offer guests a choice.

Here are a few recipes to try:

Spirited Pops

Bellini Popsicle from FineCooking.com

Bellini Popsicle from FineCooking.com

Mint Caipirinha Ice Pops

Mint Caipirinha Ice Pops

Sans Alcohol Pops

It’s always nice to offer a non-alcoholic selection for those who prefer not to imbibe. Here’s one option:

Martha Stewart Living Blueberry Pops

Martha Stewart Living Blueberry Pops

Mold It!

There are a variety of molds out there for popsicles. You can choose a few (try one for each different flavor pop you serve) or just use one. I love this version from Tovolo, available from Amazon:

Tovolo Groovy Pop Molds

Tovolo Groovy Pop Molds

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