I was soooooo hot this weekend! Lately, I’ve been into boozy frozen drinks. I was never a huge fan of frozen margaritas, but right now, they’ve really been hitting the spot. There’s also a recipe for a wine slushy that I’m dying to try. However, all of my other frozen drink ideas faded when my popsicle mold from Amazon finally arrived! I’ve been so resistant to buying one, for fear of jumping onto the newest craze (we all give in at some point), but when I opened the box, I knew the first thing I was going to make was a boozy popsicle. And not just any popsicle, a boozy iced tea and lemonade popsicle.
One of my favorite drinks at Matchbox (a great pizza and all around bistro in DC) was the lemon quencher. It was a simple blend of sweet tea vodka and lemonade. They were highly addictive and delicious. When I went last month for my birthday dinner, I was so disappointed to see that it was no longer on the menu and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I’m not usually one for buying flavored vodkas at home, but I would have to make an exception.
I will go on record to say that this recipe is just a guideline. Everyone has their own sweetness and strong tea thresholds, so please make this to your own personal taste! It’s going to be one of the easiest and satisfying desserts (?) you will make this summer. It’s perfect for sitting out in the sun for a light refreshing bite with just enough kick to put a smile on your face, while maintaining the respectability of an imbiber. Make this. You won’t regret it.
Boozy Iced Tea and Lemonade Popsicle
- 2 tea bags: Earl Grey , Black, or your favorite tea
- 3 cups of water
- 4 tablespoons of powdered lemonade , or more to taste (I used Country Time)
- ¼ cup sweet tea vodka
- popsicle molds
- popsicle sticks that have been soaked in water for at least an hour
In a small sauce pan, boil 3 cups of water. Add tea bags and let steep for at least 15 minutes (longer if you like strong tea). Stir in lemonade mix until dissolved. Continue to add one tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached a desired taste. Add sweet tea vodka and stir. Add sugar one tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached desired sweetness. It may be necessary to return the pan back to heat (on low) just to dissolve the sugar. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and place in the freezer. Let freeze for about an hour and then insert the sticks through the center of each mold. Allow to freeze for at least 6 hours to overnight. To release popsicles from the mold, run it briefly in hot water. Enjoy!!