We live in Dallas … and let’s face it, it’s hot. With the rule and not the exception being 100+° days, we’re all in need of some relief, and this handy dandy handbook delivers just that in the form of alcoholic popsicle recipes.
POPTAILS by Erin Nichols is a guide to 60 boozy treats-on-a-stick that will help make this warm effing hot summer a bit more bearable. Erin created recipes for everything from a margarita or root beer float to the “Triple Berry Threat” and “The Highbrow Pear”.
After trying some of the recipes myself, the “Moscow Mule” (surprised?) and “Mom’s Apple Pie” are definite recommendations. So you don’t make some of the mistakes I did, I’ve come up with some tips:
Follow directions! Don’t try to be a hero —- Erin has slaved over these recipes to hone the perfect proportions
Let them freeze completely. Cutting corners and trying to consume these delicious nuggets of icy alcohol is not recommended because the alcoholic elements may take longer to freeze than the rest, making it a sloppy mess if you get too anxious.
Distribute napkins with your poptails
Use popsicle forms that allow you to use real popsicle sticks instead of plastic ones (the wood grabs the pop better making it easier to remove)
Make sure you prepare the alcohol as directed
Be patient when removing the poptails from the forms
My lovely (not) pictures are to illustrate how lovely they turned out. (I didn’t even make any of the pretty ones with fruit inside.) Popsicle forms are easy to find (Wal-Mart has some or you can go with a disposable tube option like Zipzicles), but you can also rig some of your own. Note: they were not only pretty (IRL), but also stinkin’ delicious.
The book is available on Amazon, so get to ordering and get some in the freezer STAT!