I recently turned 30, and I wanted a little extra something to booze my guests up at the big celebration. My party was outside … in June … in Texas, so I thought that boozy popsicles would be ideal. And what better drink to freeze than a French 75.
Traditional French 75 cocktail was first documented in 1927, but an iteration of it was mentioned as early as 1867 (and by Charles Dickins!) and, once named, was named after a French field gun. The first recipes called for bubbly, sugar, citrus, and gin, but newer recipes have introduced cognac as an alternative.
I had to make sure the popsicles were easy to eat (since some of the guests would be wearing white), so I did a bit of research and found the perfect solution: Zipzicles! They’re the tubes you grew up with, but with a convenient zip closure … so no scissors are required and no melty stickiness on my guests’ hands.
The recipe was easy enough and filling the tubes only required a funnel. (And an extra set of hands made it MUCH easier.) It took about 12 hours for them so solidify completely, and since there was gin in them, it was a soft freeze.
FRENCH 75 POPSICLES
12oz sparkling wine (I used Mia Moscato)
4oz cognac or gin (I used Bulldog London Dry Gin)
4oz simple syrup (I used ginger simple syrup in half of them)
3oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Makes about 12 popsicles
Needless to say, these were a hit! I ended up making about 65 of them, and the only trouble was keeping them cold. (My suggestion would be to use an ice bucket (or galvanized bucket) filled with a layer of dry ice (on the bottom) and top it with regular ice.)
If you need suggestions for more boozy popsicles, check out a popsicle cocktail recipe book that I reviewed a few years back, Poptails!
Header picture courtesy of Madison Mentesana.
Zipzicles, Bulldog Gin, and Mia Wines gifted these items gratis.