You know what you need when it’s so hot outside!
These Gin & Tonic Popsicles are cooling and refreshing. They’re a little boozy too! Best of all they are so easy to make.
They are the perfect cocktail to make for any pool party, summer brunch or summer birthday party. Every adult you know will love them because they have all the classic delicious flavor of a Gin & Tonic in a popsicle form. It’s one of my favorite boozy popsicles. So let’s make them.
Ingredients to Make Gin & Tonic Popsicles
The ingredients are simple! All you need are limes, tonic, gin, and freezer pop sleeves. As far as limes go, you have to use fresh. I don’t recommend pre-bottled lime juice.
I would recommend using nice gin too. Bombay Sapphire is available anywhere which makes it an easy pick. But my favorite inexpensive gin is New Amsterdam.
Tonic vs. Seltzer
Now don’t get confused and use seltzer. Seltzer is not the same as tonic. Tonic is a carbonated soft drink. So it’s more like Sprite than it is water because there is sugar added. Additionally, it contains quinine (a malaria cure) which gives it that distinct flavor.
Seltzer, which is carbonated water, does not make a delicious Gin & Tonic. So don’t even try it!
Popsicle Molds or Freezer Pops Sleeves
I used Freezer Pop Sleeves but by all means you can use your favorite popsicle mold too! There is just one quirk which is that alcohol doesn’t freeze. If you add too much gin, you may end up with slushy freezer pops. So you may run into trouble if you use regular popsicle molds. But there’s nothing wrong with trying it! Just remember to not add too much alcohol.
How to Make Gin & Tonic Popsicles
To make these Gin & Tonic Popsicles, start by washing and rolling your limes across a cutting board. Rolling your limes will help to soften the flesh and begin to release the juice.
Next slice your limes first into slices. Then into small wedges. Make the slices very thin and small so they can easily fit inside the freezer pop sleeves. Remember if you want to reuse the sleeves you will need the limes to be small enough to get them back out.
Next, mix your gin and tonic. You may want to add some lime to this mix as well. Part of what makes a great gin and tonic is giving it a thorough shake and stir before you drink it.
Ordinarily, a Gin & Tonic is served over a lot of ice. So be sure that you add more tonic than what you would for a normal G&T. That will help the flavor in addition to helping it freeze, since alcohol doesn’t freeze.
To pour your G&T in the sleeves, use a liquid measuring cup or anything with a pour spout. Work slowly and leave a little bit of room at the top. Don’t learn the hard way that when you squeeze the zipper together to close the freezer pop sleeve, you will lose a little bit of its volume!
Once your freezer pop sleeves are filled, place the Gin & Tonic Popsicles in the freezer overnight. They will need at least 4+ hours to set, so overnight is best. So if you are making these for a party, make them the day before!
Flavor Twists on Gin & Tonic Popsicles
If a regular Gin & Tonic isn’t exciting enough, there are lots of different flavors you could consider. Here are some of my favorites.
Muddled Blackberry Gin & Tonic
Lavender Gin & Tonic
Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin & Tonic
Strawberry St. Germain Gin & Tonic
Watermelon Lime Gin & Tonic
And there are so many more!
How to Serve Gin & Tonic Popsicles
Serve your Gin & Tonic Popsicles right out of the freezer. If you are taking them to a party, make sure you have a cooler filled with ice, an ice bucket or that you can place them in the freezer at the event venue.
It’s not just that alcohol doesn’t freeze, the alcohol will make these pops melt faster than your average pop! So be sure to keep them cold.
How to Store Gin & Tonic Popsicles
To store your Gin & Tonic Popsicles, keep them in the freezer for up to a few weeks. After 2 weeks or so, you may lose some flavor, but they are still safe to eat.
But I can’t imagine they will last that long. They are so delicious!
Gin & Tonic Popsicles Recipe
- 6 Freezer Pop Sleeves
- 3 cups tonic
- 6 oz gin
- 2 limes
- Rinse and roll the lime to start to soften the peel and break the pulp.
- Slice the limes into very thin slices. Then cut into small wedges that will fit inside of the freezer pop sleeves.
- Place 3 or more lime wedges inside of each sleeve.
- Next, mix the gin and tonic thoroughly. Remember that gin and tonics are ordinarily served over ice. Since we are freezing these, you will be using more tonic than your average gin and tonic.
- Use a liquid measuring cup with a spout (or a funnel if it's included with your freezer pop sleeves) to pour the gin and tonic mixture into the sleeves. Do not fill to the brim so you can seal the sleeves without spilling.
- Place the filled freezer pop sleeves in the freezer overnight or at least 8 hours.
- Serve the Gin & Tonic Popsicles immediately. Since alcohol doesn't freeze, these pops will melt faster than your average popsicle. So keep frozen until you are ready to eat them!
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