Like any ice lolly, the most important part of nailing a perfectly refreshing and delicious booze-infused ice popsicle is the ingredients. Ice lollies are just a couple of liquids mixed together, so if the flavour profile isn’t right, there’s nothing left for the treat to hide behind. However, consistency is also a huge part of a successful freeze. Nobody wants a runny ice lolly that melts before they can finish it, right?
Freezing juice is much easier than freezing liquor. Juice freezes at 15 degrees Fahrenheit, while vodka has a freezing point of negative 16 degrees and tequila requires even icier temperatures between negative 100 to negative 170 degrees.
Since achieving these intense subzero conditions is largely impossible in the average home freezer, the key to avoiding runny ice lollies ly in getting the ratio of ingredients right. For a firm freeze, use 4 ounces of juice for every 1 ounce of liquor.
Choosing the best type of alcohol for boozy ice lollies depends on the ingredients used to build a flavour profile. Just like slices of fresh fruit or juice, liquors have their own distinct tastes. This guide will help you pick the best booze for your next batch of intoxicating ice lollies.
Tequila = Lime Lollies
If your lollies feature lime or orange juice, tequila makes a good fit. Hardcore avocado fans will die for these avo, lime and tequila ice pops.
Rum = Pineapple or Coconut Lollies
If you’re using pineapple juice or coconut, opt for rum to mirror a tropical piña colada cocktail.
Vodka = Cranberry Lollies
For cranberry juice, use vodka to create frozen Cosmopolitan ice lollies. Sex in the City fans will love these Cosmo-sicles, made with only four ingredients!
Gin = Watermelon Lollies
Keep things cool and add some gin to your next batch of watermelon lollies.
Bourbon = Peach Lollies
Crushed peaches soaked in a bourbon bath will cool you down and chill you out!
Wine = Sangria Lollies
There are many ways to celebrate Sangria, one of the world’s most refreshing summer beverages. Use white or red wine to make sangria ice lollies.
Pimm’s = Pimm’s Lollies
Well duh! This one is a no-brainer. You will find plenty of ice lolly recipes that use Pimm’s as its main ingredient.
Sake = Litchi Lollies
An Asian twist to a Spanish classic. Mix litchi juice and sake to create ice lollies that stand out from the crowd.
At the end of the day, if you aren’t sure which liquor would pair best with the flavours in your boozy ice lollies, go with vodka. Unlike the pungent flavours found in many liquors, vodka’s lack of distinct flavour allows for trying out more complex combinations. Vodka’s versatility makes it a mixologist’s bread and butter!