48 elevated popsicles for your grown-up summer
sweet, savory, and boozy. happy summer!
Published Jun 8, 2016 6:00 AM
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Way easier to make at home than ice cream, these cool treats are sure to be crowd pleasers at your next get-together. Popsicles are a go-to summer dessert, and recipes now venture way beyond the average fruit-only versions you grew up with. Armed with a blender and a popsicle mold, the world of sophisticated ice pops is yours. Here, find 52 unusual recipes for fancy frozen goodness. Tropical Tequila Sunrise Poptails
Popsicle + cocktail = poptail. Genius.
Tayberry, Rose Geranium and Buttermilk Popsicles
Never heard of tayberries? They’re a raspberry-blackberry hybrid that has a slight rose flavor. Sounds pretty sophisticated to us.
The combo of lemongrass and coconut is reminiscent of Thai curry, making this a perfectly refreshing dessert after a spicy meal.
These tasty pops are made with coconut cream, watermelon, and, of course, tequila! Margaritas have never looked so pretty.
New Orleans-y Chicory Popsicles
Skip serving after dinner coffee and go straight for this coffee-infused idea instead.
Malted Milk & Stracciatella Ice Cream Pops
Like a malted milkshake but way fancier.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Ice Pops
Rhubarb is one of summer’s best ingredients, and it looks absolutely delicious incorporated into these pie-inspired pops.
Hand these out as an appetizer instead of a beet and goat cheese salad; they’re both sweet and savory.
Impress your guests with these pops made from homemade coconut milk, which isn’t as hard to make as it sounds!
Boozy Sweet Peach Tea Popsicles
If you love the Southern specialty sweet tea, these popsicles with peach schnapps are for you.
Blackberry, Rosemary and Yogurt Ice Pops
Incorporating a savory herb like rosemary into your dessert adds an unexpected dimension of flavor.
These are the same idea as your favorite ice cream truck treat, but better because they have real fruit inside and they aren’t a mess to eat.
These delicious pops are sweet but not sugary, and a hint of whiskey adds a little something extra to their taste.
Coconut Milk Ice Pops With Fresh Fruit and Herbs
Not only are these delicious, but they’re also healthy. That’s what we’d call a win-win.
Serve these in an ice bucket decorated with mint and blueberries, as shown, for a pretty presentation.
Prosecco is even more refreshing in frozen form. Try these fun floral pops out out for any swanky affair.
If you love matcha lattes, here’s a creative way to incorporate this trendy ingredient into your dinner party menu.
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Popsicles
If it just doesn’t feel like dessert without chocolate, make these tasty chocolate minty pops.
Spicy Rosemary Grapefruit Popsicles
Both spicy and sweet, these provide a delectable alternative to more traditional dessert flavors.
Strawberry Lemon Rosé Popsicles
These simple fruity pops give new meaning to the phrase “rosé all day.”
Popsicles With Irish Cream Soaked Brownies
In this recipe, brownies are pre-soaked in Irish cream and then frozen inside a popsicle. Heads up: boozy pops tend to be on the softer side because of the alcohol content, so make sure to give your guests a plate or napkin to catch any drips!
Vegan Thai Peanut Popsicles If you love thai peanut sauce, try these unusual and creamy pops.
Figs and Ricotta Cheesecake Popsicles
Cheesecake on a stick. Need we say more?
Raspberry Peach Bellini Ice Pops
Serve these colorful pops as a creative aperitif before diving into the main courses.
Roasted Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles
Incorporate your go-to red wine into this fruity and boozy dessert.
Salted Peanut Chocolate Banana Ice Lollies
These pops contain the holy trinity of dessert ingredients: chocolate, peanut and banana. Plus, they take just minutes to make before you stick them in the freezer.
The perfect accompaniment for Indian food (or any cuisine, really).
An extra classy treat that you can enjoy on a stick.
Here’s another option you can serve in place of, or alongside, traditional cocktails.
Bellini Popsicles With Edible Flowers
Edible flowers make everything better, and prettier. These gorgeous sweets are fitting for a celebratory backyard fête.
Vegan Mexican Mocha Fudge Pops
These might look like your average chocolate popsicles on the outside, but on the inside they’ve got complex spice and coffee notes.
Rice pudding: not that exciting. Rice pudding in a popsicle: impressive.
Cherry Lambic and Cream Beer Popsicles
Alert: beer in popsicle form. This is not a drill. Please proceed to the nearest kitchen and make these ASAP.
Chocolate Yogurt Ombre Popsicles
Ombre is chic in every iteration, whether it’s food, fashion or decor. Try these out for an elegant get-together.
Simple pops look fancy when you add in a marbled texture.
Roasted Mirabelle Plum, Red Currant & Lemon Verbena Popsicles
Roasting fruit beforehand adds a whole new depth of flavor to your frozen masterpiece.
These tasty popsicles are yet another way to enjoy everyone’s favorite ingredient: avocado.
Lavender and peach combine for a surprisingly delicious combo. Make sure to go light on the lavender for just an accent of the flavor.
When ingredients are pretty basic, a creative assembly can make them feel fancy, as shown with these adorable watermelon pops.
Ombre Salted Caramel Flan Popsicles
Easier to make than regular flan, and just as delicious.
Coconut Matcha Blueberry Popsicles
More matcha please! Theses stripey treats are as yummy as they are pretty.
Sometimes the simplest recipes turn out to be the most aesthetically pleasing. Case in point: these gorgeous pops with whole berries inside.
Horchata is a perfect summer treat for backyard BBQ’s, and these pops are both spiked and vegan.
Make your dessert for an evening affair “glittery” with specks of white chocolate.
Earl Grey Milky Tea Popsicles with Grass Jelly
Milky Early Grey tea may seem like a wintery beverage, but in popsicle form it’s ideal for sweltering summer afternoons.
Smoked Tomato Michelada Popsicle
With lots of hot sauce and a smoky flavor, it will be hard for guests to turn down these tangy and refreshing pops.
One of the easiest cocktails to make, palomas translate easily into just as simple, yet satisfying, popsicles.
Bittersweet liqueurs are an acquired taste, so cutting their flavor with a sweet melon like cantaloupe makes these sophisticated treats approachable for everyone.