Nothing cools you down on a hot day like a popsicle. No wonder more than 2 billion Popsicles ice pops are sold each year.
However, making your own popsicles is fun and easy, and it allows you to create your own favorite flavor combos — and add in booze! Let’s be real, popsicles are delicious, but boozy popsicles are the true star of any summer party.
That is why we are loving the idea of a recipe for Long Island iced tea pops. Fans of this infamous adult beverage know it’s both delicious and strong. This “iced tea” contains five different types of alcohol — white rum, vodka, tequila, gin and triple sec — and a splash of lemon and cola, which gives the drink it’s tea-like color.
Delish’s recipe for Long Island iced tea popsicles follows fairly traditional lines with the spirits but adds a good dose of cola to make these pops a little less boozy than the typical cocktail by the same name. They top the Dixie cups with a lemon wheel, which puts a cute spin on these homemade pops.
Tablespoon’s recipe for Long Island iced tea fruit pops adds fresh fruit to the mix and switches up a few of the ingredients — including eliminating the cola. Fresh raspberries and grenadine make these pops sweet and light, but the recipe also calls for Mai Tai mix, which usually includes a blend of orange, pineapple and mango, along with other citrus. Lemon and lime slices complete the pops, so this recipe should be as fruity and sweet as it is powerfully potent.
You can really simplify the prep process by using Long Island Iced Tea cocktail mix and popsicle molds, like they do in a recipe on Tastefully Simple. This recipe just adds vodka to the mix, so it’s perfect if you don’t already have all of the ingredients on hand and don’t want to buy full bottles of everything for a Long Island iced tea.
Or skip the mix and buy a premade version, like TGIFriday’s Long Island Iced Tea. Pour into popsicle molds as is, or add a cup of raspberries for added sweetness and a pop of color. Then, wait a few hours and voila! You have ice-cold, boozy Long Island iced tea pops ready to enjoy.