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Popsicles Belong in Your Cocktails This Summer

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Eating a popsicle before it melts into a sticky glove around your hand is a near impossible task in the summer heat—almost as impossible as keeping a cocktail chilled until the very last drop. Luckily, bartenders have devised a simple way to conquer both of these summertime obstacles: Forgoing ice in favor of a chilly, fruity popsicle.
 
The trend began with bars plopping ice-cold pops into glasses of Prosecco. NYC’s Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar paved the way with their Prosecco & Ice Pops, while the city’s Ghost Donkey recently launched Prosecco & Paletitas as a staple on its cocktail menu.
 
“Showcasing [popsicles] in Prosecco made the most sense as the flavors melt into the Prosecco changing both its color and taste,” says Nacho Jimenez, head bartender at Ghost Donkey. It also allowed the bar to collaborate with the nearby Mexican confections shop, La Newyorkina. “[Owner Fany Gerson] uses authentic, bold flavors [in her popsicles] and even makes a Mexican flag popsicle for us,” Jimenez says.
 
Now, other crafty drink purveyors have adopted the trend and given it an even boozier punch, opting to plop pops into full-ABV cocktails rather than sparkling wine. So instead of double fisting it this summer with a cocktail in one hand and a popsicle in the other, combine forces to make one of these delightful poptails.

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There’s only one way to make the Cosmopolitan—a tart, fruity mix of vodka, lime juice, orange liqueur and cranberry juice—even more refreshing: Add a popsicle. This take on the classic drink doesn’t get just any ol’ pop plopped in the glass. Instead, this recipe from Monnalisa Bar at Hotel Sorella in Houston, TX, is garnished with a cranberry-orange popsicle flecked with lime juice, which enhances the flavors in the drink as it melts. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about your Cosmo getting warm or watery while you sip it al fresco.

The Essentials

vodka
lime juice
Cranberry Juice
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Everyone knows the restorative power of a frozen Margarita when the temperature creeps into the triple digits. To give the frosty cocktail even more cooling power, The Rustic in Dallas, TX, made one small—but important—update, by garnishing the drink with an ice pop instead of a lime wheel. Behold, the most refreshing summer cocktail you’ll ever have. Though the bar uses a Sangria Grape popsicle from SocialIce, a local pop shop in Dallas, home bartenders can opt to garnish with any grape or raspberry pop instead—either flavor will taste great.

The Essentials

Tequila
Sour Mix
Cointreau
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Chill doesn’t even begin to describe this delightful poptail. Not only is it topped with a frozen treat, but it also blends the grassy and understated flavors of cachaça with two of summer’s most invigorating ingredients: coconut water and aloe vera. This creates an already spa-worthy remedy to the sun’s brutal rays, but once you dunk the melon-flavored Melona bar into the mix—an atypical pop that’s more reminiscent of an ice cream bar—it adds creamy texture and another layer of soothing fun.

The Essentials

cachaça
aloe liqueur
coconut water
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Make your next BBQ an epic occasion with a big batch of brightly-hued cocktails, garnished with insanely refreshing cucumber-mint popsicles. Another warm weather masterpiece from the Monnalisa, this cooling drink is a fruity amalgam of white rum, pineapple and lime juices, and a touch of Midori for color. The whole thing is topped with a bright green ice pop. Whether you’re inviting a few friends over or are just looking for the ideal poolside beverage, this drink is the ultimate in summer sipping.

The Essentials

white rum
pineapple juice
lime juice

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