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Serving frosty Summer adult treats to your guests is a fabulous way to “do cocktails” on a sweltering weekend afternoon. 

frosty Summer adult treats popsicles in a trio of martini glasses

THIS SEASON’S BEST HOSTESS HACK – Have Some “Frosty Adult Treats” stashed away in your freezer!

When you’re having friends drop by for afternoon cocktails this season, wouldn’t be lovely to whip out some fabulous frosty Summer adult treats from the freezer?

watermelon-wine slusher in tumbler with umbrella frosty summer adult treatsWhat a fun and novel way to serve cocktails during the warm weather monthsWhen it’s so hot that even throwing together a pitcher of your signature cocktail can feel too daunting.  What to do?

Make a few different flavors of Fruity Potent Pops and have them tucked away in the freezer for when it’s hot, and cocktail hour is looming.  They’re a fabulous way to enjoy a Summer libation, with a fun and unique twist!

If you’d rather have a more traditional cocktail, but still have that frosty Summer adult treat vibe going, try Watermelon-Wine Slushers.

They’re full of fruity goodness, and just shout out “summer” with each sip you take!

PURCHASED POPS IN PROSECCO

frosty Summer adult frozen treats pops in proseccoWe’re going to start off with a fast and simple “frosty Summer adult treat” hack!

Simply purchase some delicious fruit juice pops and a bottle of Prosecco wine from the grocer, and you’re half way there!  

When you get home, pop (pun intended!) the Prosecco in the refrigerator to chill.  Now you’re ready to serve tasty and frosty Summer adult treats whenever you get the urge.

To Serve “Pops in Prosecco”:

  • Pour a serving of Prosecco in a large mouthed white wine glass. Unwrap a pop and place inside of wine glasses, leaning on the rims.  
  • Feel free to garnish with fresh fruit that matches or complements the flavor of your fruit juice pop.  I love mango pops with strawberries myself.

 

SWEET DESSERT WINE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN FRUITY POTENT POPS

frosty summer adult treats barefoot peach wine bottleYou’ll find that there are plenty of “boozy pop” recipes on Pinterest and circulating around the internet.  And I’ve tried several different ones, but felt like I would have wanted them to be a little sweeter.

Once I started thinking about creating my own recipe for some frosty Summer adult treats, it dawned on me!  When I make a traditional popsicle, I always make sure that they have a certain ratio of sugar to allow fine ice crystals to form.

If there isn’t enough sugar in your popsicles, they freeze into large “icy” crystals that change the texture of the finished pop.  Keep in mind that alcohol does not freeze well (remember the vodka bottle you keep in the freezer?). 

The addition of sugar to my recipe, both in the dessert wine and a simple sugar syrup takes care of both issues!  It produces an “adult” pop that is both sweet enough, and freezes harder and with finer ice crystals!  I call that a win-win, don’t you?

So, I took that concept and ran with it.  The final recipe for Fruity Potent Pops forms popsicles that have just enough sweetness and freeze incredibly well too.

I used Barefoot brand wines for all my pops and they turned out fabulous.  I like to make my pops with a “drinkable” wine that has a great price-point, and Barefoot wines fit the bill nicely.  Use your favorite brand, or try one of the numerous varieties of Barefoot wines like Pink Moscato or their Peach “bubbly” that’s pictured here.

 

FRUITY POTENT POPSpotent fruity pops frosty summer adult treats

So easy to make, so delicious to drink, I mean eat, these Fruity Potent Pops should be on your “to do” list, and soon!  

I’ve developed two different versions of this recipe, the first using fresh fruit and a fruit flavored wine.  The second uses a fruit puree or canned nectar and fresh fruit with an unflavored Moscato varietal. 

Both versions produce a fabulously fruity, but potent pop!

Yes, these pops are truly simple to make.  But, I want to give you a few tips on how to make Fruity Potent Pops that turn out perfect every time!

  • Prepare batches of simple sugar syrup (directions are in the recipes) to keep on hand in your refrigerator all Summer long
  • Choose a sweet dessert wine like a Moscato, Barefoot Peach flavored “bubbly” or a Gallo Pineapple flavored white wine
  • Use a vertical, hard-sided mold for any alcohol-based pop recipe.  They’re too soft to be made in flexible silicone molds
  • All ingredients should be chilled/frozen before starting recipe
  • Pre-freeze the popsicle molds for at least 30 minutes before filling
  • To ensure your popsicle sticks will be straight, pre-fill the pop compartments with 1 inch of liquid. Then drop a few pieces of fruit in and position the sticks between the fruits to center them.  You’ll add more fruit and then fill with wine mixture
  • Use chilled, cut fruit to add to your pops
  • Leave a 1/2 inch head space when filling molds to allow for expansion during freezing

 

watermelon-wine slusher cocktail in martini glass

WATERMELON-WINE SLUSHERS

Here’s the frosty Summer adult treat that packs a “whollop without warning”, so be careful!  

True, they’re chock-full of fabulous sweet watermelon. You cut the watermelon into chunks and freeze it for a few hours before making the drinks.  Then you combine the frozen fruit in the blender with simple syrup and the dessert wine of your choice, and whip them into a frozen frenzy!

I actually advise making the drinks a few hours before you want to serve the Watermelon-Wine Slushers.  They benefit from getting fully frozen again after being processed in the blender.  You’ll want to stir the mixture to keep it from becoming solid before serving time.

If you’d rather serve your Watermelon-Wine Slushers immediately after preparing them, offer them in “frosted” glasses straight from the freezer.  It’ll make all the difference!

 Watermelon-Wine Slushers are simply luscious and refreshing on a hot Summer’s day!

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lemon drop cocktail recipeI’VE GOT A FABULOUS “BIG BATCH” COCKTAIL RECIPE FOR YOUR SUMMER ENTERTAINING!

Here’s a great recipe that’s simple to put together the day before your gathering and have ready to serve your whole gang!  Try my Lemon Drop Cocktail Mixer by the Pitcher with Recipe PDF.

It’s sweet, tart and perfect for any Summer gathering that you’ve got planned.  Give this fabulous recipe a try and make your hostess duties a little easier this season!

 

 

 

potent fruity pops frosty summer adult treats

Fruity Potent Pops

Yield: 8-10 popsicles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Frosty, fruity adult Summer fun on a stick! Enjoy a potent pop that's filled with fresh fruit and the great taste of a fruit flavored sparkling wine! Adults, this one's just for you!

Ingredients

  • Recipe # 1 -
  • 750 ml CHILLED bottle fruit flavored sparkling or Moscato wine (any sweet dessert wine will work)
  • 1/3 cup simple sugar syrup (see recipe - 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 cup water)
  • 1 cup COLD fresh fruit cut in pieces to fit molds
  • (sliced peaches, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, blackberries, etc.)
  • Recipe # 2 -
  • 750 ml CHILLED bottle sweet dessert wine (like Moscato)
  • 1/4 cup simple sugar syrup (see recipe)
  • 1 cup COLD fruit puree or fruit nectar (berries, mango, pineapple, peaches)
  • 1 cup COLD fresh fruit cut in pieces to fit molds (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries can be left whole)
  • Vertical hard-sided popsicle mold (PLACE IN FREEZER FOR 30 MINUTES BEFORE FILLING)
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions

  1. SIMPLE SYRUP: Combine 1 cup white granulated sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, heat the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved. Raise the heat to medium-high and continue to cook until it comes to a simmer. Simmer syrup for 1 minute, remove from heat and let cool. Simple syrup will last in a tightly closed container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  2. RECIPE # 1 - In a large bowl, combine the wine and simple syrup, stirring mixture well.
  3. Remove molds from freezer and pour 1 inch of wine in each mold compartment. Drop in a few pieces of fruit and insert sticks, taking care to place down center of the compartments.
  4. Add a few more pieces of fruit if desired (I like just 2 peach slices myself) and fill with wine, leaving 1/2 inch head space for expansion during freezing.
  5. Place top on mold and ensure that all the sticks are set in straight. Freeze pops for at least 8 hours before un-molding.
  6. RECIPE # 2 - Add wine, fruit puree or nectar and simple syrup to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  7. Follow remaining steps in Recipe # 1.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 243Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 2gSugar 28gProtein 1g

Nutritional info is approximate due to differences in wine and fruits used.

watermelon-wine slusher in tumbler with umbrella frosty summer adult treats

Watermelon - Wine Slushers

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A Summery fruit-filled slushie that's got a potent punch from sweet dessert wine. It's the perfect frozen libation for your Summer celebrations.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups watermelon cubes, FROZEN SOLID in a plastic zipper bag (2-3 hours)
  • 750 ml bottle CHILLED white dessert wine like Moscato or fruit flavored white wine
  • 1/4 cup Simple Sugar Syrup (directions below for 1 cup syrup with 1 white sugar/1 cup water)
  • Garnish glass with watermelon spear/Umbrella straw
  • Chilled/Frozen Cocktail Glasses (if desired)

Instructions

    1. SIMPLE SYRUP: Combine 1 cup white granulated sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, heat the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved. Raise the heat to medium-high and continue to cook until it comes to a simmer. Simmer syrup for 1 minute, remove from heat and let cool. Simple syrup will last in a tightly closed container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

    2. Place ingredients into a blender and whirl until smooth. Stop to scrape down sides with a rubber spatula half way through.

    3. Transfer mixture to a pitcher or spouted container and freeze for at least 1 1/2 hours, stirring after 45 minutes to keep mixture slushy.

    4. Stir Watermelon-Wine Slusher well and pour into a chilled/frozen glass. Garnish with watermelon spear and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 245Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 1gSugar 21gProtein 1g

Calories will depend on type of wine used.

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