Dark ‘n Stormy Popsicles

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

ice pop mold

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

Credits // Author and Photography: Natalie Jacob. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.
  • I made these and had them in overnight but it’s still not frozen. Should I wait longer? Not sure if I did something wrong

  • Great post, yummy popsicles
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    • Lol. My thoughts exactly. Why haven’t I done this before? I love to reimagine classic cocktails as popsicles. Fun for Summer!

  • These popsicles look like the perfect summer treat! I need to try these soon!


  • This looks so good! It would perfect for a lazy day chilling by the pool <3


  • I love this recipe, sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it! To keep cool this summer we’ve been making sun tea using our herbal teas (no caffeine so that we can drink all day) and pouring them over ice. Delicious!

    • Hey, Blume! So good to hear what you’ve been doing to cool down. I love herbal teas too and I use them in cocktails all the time. I love adding iced tea to summer drinks.

  • You have the BEST recipes. And the most gorgeous. I need to make this asap just because they’re so cute (they look delicious as well though)

    xx, mel

  • It’s over 100 this week in Portland, so this recipe has come at the PERFECT time! Thanks for sharing the YUM! 😉

    • It was 100 degrees when I photographed this post and I don’t have central AC so I had to be QUICK! But I got to cool down with a few of these afterward.

  • Oh hell yes!! Can I say “hell” in the comments section?? Dark n’ Stormies are a long-time favorite of mine, and I cannot WAIT to make these popsicles. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  • This is genius! My grandad introduced me to the Dark and Stormy — it was the first mixed drink I ever had, and as such I am overly fond of it. But maybe not undeservedly so…these look like the perfect summer variation ??

  • Ginger beer has been my recent obsession at the bar, all the Moscow mules please! Never thought to freeze this delicious beverage, I think this will win over the boys too!

  • I love the addition of the lime wheels into the popsicle. It makes it look THAT much better!

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    • I totally agree Charmaine! I thought aesthetically it would be very pretty but the lime wheels were also super delicious. They made the popsicles super bright.

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