Before daylight savings even hit this year I had already bought a new popsicle mold to gear up for a summer full of frozen treats. But I’ve come across so many amazing popsicle recipes and ideas out there the past few months, I almost got over-inspired and couldn’t make up my mind, and thus my shiny new mold went unused. But then I saw a popsicle served upside down in a cocktail glass on Instagram the other day and my mind was made up. I’m pretty sure “poptail” is a word according to the sophisticated reference of Pinterest (popsicle + cocktail = poptail). But even if it’s not, let’s just pretend it is because it’s an adorable mashup of words and totally fitting for what this treat is!

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Your flavor possibilities with the poptail are really endless, but I decided to do a play off the popular bellini cocktail (peach puree + champagne) and do a raspberry peach popsicle served in a glass of champagne. The popsicles themselves are delicious, sweetened with a bit of sugar but otherwise mostly just made from the fresh fruit I can’t get enough of these days. And then once they’re dunked in a glass of ice-cold champagne the flavors start mixing and the party starts. It’s fun to eat the champagne-infused popsicle lick by lick, but then also enjoy the glass of champagne as peach and raspberry flavors continue to melt in. A bit messy, definitely yummy, and really, really fun!

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I got a little fancy with the popsicles and attempted to make layers of flavors here, and also threw in some whole raspberries in the peach layers for some pink color throughout. The colors are gorgeous and would even look more beautiful served with some rose champagne. Oh well, there’s always next time. Making layers just involves a little patience with letting them set up each time in the freezer before adding the next layer, but a one-shot swirl of everything mixed together would also do the trick, and be pretty in its own way. I think the stripe adds a bit of pizzazz and makes sure whoever is enjoying one knows that it’s not your average popsicle!

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One of the best things about making poptails is they’re so freaking easy to make, I might just start making these on a weekly basis. By simply blending together some fruit, pouring the mixture into a mold, waiting for the pops to set, and then dunking them in a glass of champagne – it’s going to be hard to come up with an excuse¬†not to make these constantly. I may never drink a normal glass of champagne again! Who’s coming over for poptails tonight?? (Apologies to my husband who just lost any domain he currently had to the space in our tiny freezer…)

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Please make these popsicles and throw them in a glass of booze ASAP – they’re the best thing to happen to your Wednesday happy hour in a long time, I promise!

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Raspberry Peach Poptails

Yield: 6 popsicles*

Ingredients:

2 medium-large peaches, peeled and diced
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
3/4 cup cold water, divided
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
Popsicle mold + sticks
6 glasses of champagne

Directions:

Peel and dice your peaches, then throw them in a blender with 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Puree until smooth. Divide the mixture in half, placing one half in the fridge and divide the other half among the 6 popsicle molds. Gently submerge about 3-4 raspberries into each popsicle and transfer to the freezer. Once the popsicles have set for about 40 minutes, add the popsicle sticks and prepare the next layer.

For the raspberry layer combine 3/4 of a cup of the raspberries in the blender with 2 tbsp of sugar and 1/4 cup of water until smooth. Divide the mixture among the 6 popsicle molds and return to the freezer for another 40 minutes.

Add the remaining peach puree to fill each popsicle mold to the top and submerge another 3-4 raspberries in each popsicle. Return to the freezer to freeze completely for an hour. Once they have frozen completely, I find it easiest to release the popsicles by running the mold under warm water for a minute or two and then gently pulling up on each one. Pour champagne in 6 cocktail glasses and invert a popsicle into each glass. Serve immediately.

*Yield depends on the size of your popsicle mold, number and size may vary!

And here’s one more just because I had some fun with Photoshop making an amateur GIF of Ryan topping off one of the poptails! (Sorry for the bad quality, I’m still working on that…) Ohhhhhh, ahhhhhhhhh

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2 Responses to “Raspberry Peach Poptails (Popsicle Cocktails)”

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    Joanne — August 7, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    These look amazing! Such a creative idea to survive the summer heat!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — August 7, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

    i wish it was hot enough here to justify having popsicles.. these look delicious and i love the little gif at the end!

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