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frozen icy pole cocktails

Homemade Cocktail Icy Poles

Molly McLaughlin

Welcome to summer!

You know how great an ice block tastes on a hot day at the beach? Now add alcohol, and you’ve got these amazing recipes. If you don’t have ice block moulds, you can always use shot glasses or even regular size glasses if you’re desperate.

After you’ve made the mixture, adding in the stick can be tricky if it isn’t provided as part of the mould. To fix this, you can let the ice blocks freeze for about 5 minutes then take them out and add the stick in before freezing them properly.

Take inspiration from Honkeytonks' icy cocktails. Photo credit: @milla_shar

Take inspiration from Hopscotch’s icy cocktails. Photo credit: @milla_shar

Because alcohol doesn’t freeze, some of the ice blocks may not freeze completely so turn up your freezer and freeze them for at least 8 hours (if you can wait that long), then run the mould under warm water, twist and eat!

Spliced Mojito

Makes 8

1 cup lime juice

1 1/2 cups light rum

3/4 cup sugar syrup (equal parts sugar and boiling water, cooled)

1 cup soda water

3 tablespoons mint, finely chopped

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Fill ice block mould or ice tray and freeze.

Frosty Vodka Fruits

Makes 8

1 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup blackberries

juice of 2 lemons

1 cup sugar syrup (equal parts sugar and boiling water, cooled)

1 cup vodka

2 cups ginger ale

  1. Place the berries in a large bowl and mash together.
  2. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, vodka, and mix well.
  3. Pour in ginger ale and stir until all the bubbles are gone.
  4. Pour into ice block mould or ice tray and freeze.

Sunny Tequila

Makes 8

2 cupspineapple juice

500 g fresh pineapple, peeled and pureed

3/4 cup tequila

1/4 cup grenadine

  1. Combine and stir pineapple juice, pureed pineapple and tequila. Fill ice block mould 3/4 way up with pineapple mixture.
  2. Pour 1 teaspoon of grenadine into each and freeze.

Banana and Bailey’s Paddle Pop

Makes 6 

1 ¾ cup vanilla yogurt
1 banana, medium size
1/3 cup vodka
1/3 cup Kahlua
1/3 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
3 tablespoons grated chocolate

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Pour into ice block mould and freeze.

Super Duper Sangria

Makes 6

1 cup chopped fruit (oranges, apples, grapes and blackberries work well)

3/4 cup red wine

3/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1. Fill a small bowl with chopped fruit. Pour wine over fruit and let soak for 15 minutes.

  1. Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Add orange juice, lemon juice and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour fruit-wine mixture over a strainer into a large spouted measuring cup (for easier pouring) and reserve the fruit. Pour the orange-lemon sugar syrup over the strainer into the measuring cup.
  3. Divide reserved fruit among moulds. Pour liquid evenly into moulds, leaving about 1 cm of space at the top of each mould and freeze.

Image of ‘three fruit flavoured ice…‘ via Shutterstock

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin is new to Canberra and is attempting to prove to her friends that the capital city can be cool. This mostly involves frequently going out for brunch and then posting about it on social media, along with trekking up hills and around art galleries. She is half way through her uni degree but spends most of her time reading, writing and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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