It’s been so hot lately I’ve been on an only eating/drinking super cold things kick, like smoothie bowls, salads, frozen drinks and frozen desserts. I love boozy popsicles because it lets me combine two of my favorite things: cocktails and dessert. Not to mention it’s such a tasty and clever way to cool down, too. I’ve reimagined one of my favorite summer drinks, the Dark ‘n Stormy, and turned it into something dark and frosty.
Dark ‘n Stormy Popsicles, makes 10 ice pops
12 oz. ginger beer
1/2 cup dark rum (like Goslings)
1/4 cup ginger syrup
2 oz. fresh lime juice
10 lime wheels
1 cup sugar
blender or juicer
Making ginger syrup at home is relatively easy. Once you do it you’re going to wonder why you ever bought it in the first place. Some recipes for ginger syrup usually consist of chopped ginger and making simple syrup on the stove, but I have a different way of making it. I basically make ginger juice and then add sugar to it. If you have a juicer at home, that makes things easier because you can run it through there. I don’t, so I actually used my blender. I peeled and thinly sliced a medium piece of ginger and placed it in my blender with 1/2 cup of water. Process it on high and then pour it through a fine mesh strainer. Combine the ginger juice with equal parts sugar. If you want your ginger syrup less spicy, double the amount of sugar. I love this method for making ginger syrup because it yields a much stronger, spicier, and fresher product.
Pour your ginger beer in a bowl and stir to release some of the carbonation. Try to get a good spicy ginger beer. I like this one because it’s all natural and has a spicy, bold flavor. Next, add ginger syrup, lime juice, and dark rum to the bowl and stir. I added a 1/2 cup of water to this mix as well just to give it dilution and to ensure proper freezing.
Pour your mix into your popsicle mold, leaving a 1/2 inch of space at the top to allow for expansion during freezing and the lime wheel. Add a lime wheel to each mold, cover, set sticks in place and send them to the freezer. Let freeze until solid for about 4-5 hours, but overnight is always best.
I don’t know if it’s just because it’s so hot out or if these really are the best boozy popsicles I have ever made to date. These are super refreshing, spicy, citrusy and sweet. The fresh ginger syrup is definitely the magic ingredient in these and is so worthwhile making to get the best results. Whether you’re making these as a treat to cool down, for dessert at your next party, or to enjoy by the pool, they will surely make any hour happy hour! I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. What are your favorite things to make to stay cool? I hope you will be adding these to your list! Stay cool everyone. xo – Natalie