I didn't like gin for YEARS. I blame it on tonic water. Tonic water is not my jam. My tongue puts grapefruit juice and tonic water in the same ahhhhhh what is that??! MAKE IT STOP!! category.
It took me a long time to warm up to grapefruit...so maybe I have it in me to one day like tonic water? I dunno. The day I added ginger beer to gin (out of desperation!) was the day I liked GIN. In fact, it's been my go-to alcohol for the past few years. Gin + Ginger Beer (sometimes ginger ale if that's what we have on hand) with lime. Sometimes I add a few cucumber slices or strawberries (they taste really good when they're gin infused!).
And here we have my favorite cocktail in POPSICLE FORM!!! Cuz it's summer and boozy popsicles might be on your bucket list! These ones are super refreshing. How could you go wrong with cucumber, ginger beer, lime and gin??! Dust off your popsicle molds and get at it!
And we're off!
First things first. Peel the cucumber and then scoop out the seeds. If you leave a little peel on you'll get some cucumber peel bits up in. I think it makes it pretty but feel to go bare!
Break up the cucumber and add the rest of the ingredients (sans the ginger beer!) to the blender.
Lime squeeze! I added the juice of two limes in this recipe. It makes it tangy! If you find that it's too tangy, add a little more simple syrup. Adjust to your tastebuds.
Blended! We add the ginger beer last. Just a few pulses to incorporate the ginger beer.
I held off on blending it all together initially cuz I didn't want a foamy mess.
We fill up our popsicle molds!
This recipe makes eight popsicles. I filled up the last two with orange juice for Cooper. He seriously thinks he's getting a major treat when I give him an oj popsicle. I felt the same way when I was a kid...
If you're using these popsicle molds, freeze the pops without the sticks for about 40 minutes. Then add the sticks! We freeze our popsicles for at least 12 hours after that. Because there's gin in the popsicle, we want to make sure it's totally frozen. Btw-too much alcohol can prevent the popsicles from freezing all the way. So about 2 oz. is the magic combo. Future reference for you!
And we take them out of the molds!
What else can we do with them? DIP THEM IN OUR COCKTAILS!
IT IS THE MOST DELICIOUS THING EVER.
- 1 large cucumber, peeled with seeds removed
- juice of 2 limes
- 2 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. Hendrick's Gin
- 1 cup Reed's ginger beer
In a blender combine cucumber, lime juice, simple syrup and gin blend until mixture is smooth. Add ginger beer and blend for 5 seconds to incorporated. Fill the ice pop molds with the cucumber gin mixture about 3/4 full. Place molds in the freezer for about an hour and then put the ice pop sticks in the mold. Freeze for 12 hours to guarantee popsicles have set before serving.