SEATTLE — Why should the kids have all the fun summer treats?
London-based food writer Laura Fyfe has come up with a creative way for adults to beat the heat — cocktails on a stick.
“Poptails” is a clever name for ice pops for adults, infused with booze. The creative flavors range from pomegranate and vodka to cucumbers and elderflower, and each recipe contains only 4 tablespoons of alcohol.
Here’s one of Fyfe’s concoctions:
Pomegranate, Vanilla and Vodka (makes 4 pops)
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1/4 cup super-fine sugar
- 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
- 4 tablespoons vodka
Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and place pod and seeds in a saucepan with the sugar and 1/2 cup water. Slowly bring to a boil, allowing the sugar to dissolve. Let simmer gently for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Allow to infuse for 30 minutes.
Remove the vanilla pod from the syrup and mix in the pomegranate juice and vodka. Pour into four frozen ice pop molds.
Place the molds in the freezer. Let set for 2 hours, insert the sticks and allow to freeze until completely solid (about 4 more hours).
Per pop: 135 calories (1 percent from fat), trace total fat (no saturated fat), no cholesterol, 26 grams carbohydrates, trace protein, 11 milligrams sodium, no dietary fiber.