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Frozen Cosmo

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce cranberry flavored vodka (we replaced this with lychee liqueur)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Combine the juice, triple sec, lychee liquer and lime juice in a bowl. Stir well. Using a spout or funnel, pour the mix into your popsicle molds or paper cups. Freeze for 24 hours. This recipe makes approximately 8 shotsicles.

Rating: 5/5

This shotsicle was, far and away, the best of the bunch. It looked like summer, tasted like summer, and one was never enough. It was also the most boozy of the four, without being cloyingly sweet. Replacing cranberry flavoured vodka with lychee liqueur provided just the right amount of tartness.

Watermelon Margarita Pops

You’ll need:

  • 5 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar (granulated sugar works fine as well)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup silver tequila (we used blue agave tequila instead)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Strain through a sieve to get rid of any stringy watermelon bits or chunks. Pour into molds, and freeze for 24 hours. Makes about 8 shotsicles.

Rating: 2.5/5

For people who adore watermelon, this is the shotsicle for you. For those who aren’t keen on a really sweet and somewhat grainy shotsicle experience, look elsewhere. The finished product was the most aesthetically pleasing, with contrasting stripes of pink, light red and white. Also, we could barely taste the tequila.

Lemon Granitas

You’ll need:

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Zest of 3 lemons, finely grated
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 5 lemons
  • 1 cup citrus-flavored vodka (we replaced this with limoncello)

In a pot over medium heat, combine the water and sugar. Let it cook, stirring often, until the syrup looks clear (about 5 minutes.) Remove the pot from heat and let it cool. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and the alcohol. Pour the liquid into your popsicle molds. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Serves about 8 people.

Rating: 4/5

This was the most work-intensive shotsicle, but was a nice, grown-up twist on the classic citrus-flavoured popsicle. This shotsicle was both sour and sweet, with a kick of strong limoncello. The lemon zest was a welcome surprise, and gave texture.

Tea Party

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups of very sweet iced tea (powdered works fine)
  • ½ cup of lemon or lime juice
  • 1 ½ ounce rum

Combine the iced tea, lemon or lime juice and rum in a bowl. Stir well. Pour the liquid, using a funnel, into the popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 12 hours. Makes about 8-10 shotsicles.

Rating: 3.5/5

This was a very refreshing shotsicle, and unlike some of the other ones, it did not leave us thirsty. The only downside was that it was just a little too sweet. The lime juice we used gave it a nice, fresh flavour, and let the rum come through.

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