I’ve never been much of a frozen drink girl but I think I’ve been missing out. It’s seventh-circle-of-hell hot outside. We’ve been enjoying lots of frozen cantaloupe and pineapple margaritas recently but we decided to take it one step further: Margarita Popsicles.
They couldn’t be easier! I whipped up a modified batch of our house margarita, poured them into small cups, and then stuck them in the freezer. Simple as that. I wasn’t actually sure that they would freeze but I was pleasantly surprised. The alcohol prevents them from freezing into a solid lime ice cube but they were still solid enough to hold their shape and eat them off the stick.
I couldn’t find “real” popsicle molds that I liked so I used the “throw away” method that I saw Matt Armendariz use in his new cookbook, On a Stick: 3 oz disposable paper cups and wooden ice cream spoons that I found in the Kids’ Crafts section of Michael’s. The little cups keep the popsicles small enough so you don’t end up with a melty mess and the wooden spoons were the perfect length so I didn’t have to cut down full-length popsicle sticks.
Margarita popsicles - taking the frozen margarita one step further.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (8-12 small limes, usually)
- 1/4 cup silver tequila
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 12 3 oz disposable paper cups
- 12 wooden popsicle sticks or spoons
- Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved and the water is clear. Let cool.
- Pour into a pitcher with lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur.
- Pour 2 1/2 ounces (5 Tbsp) of margarita into each cup.
- Place cups into a baking dish and put the dish in the freezer.
- After about 2 hours, start checking the popsicles. Once they're frozen enough to support the wooden stick, insert a stick into each popsicle, pushing 3/4 of the way into the popsicle.
- Let freeze several more hours or until completely frozen (I let them freeze overnight)
- To serve, peel the paper cup away from the popsicle, starting at the seam of the cup, and carefully remove the bottom.
- Consume immediately.
Yields: 12 popsicles
Estimated time: 5 hours 30 minutes