Snow Cone Cocktail
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Get in touch with your inner slushie-lovin’ child by saucing up everyone’s favorite summer treat: the snow cone! All it takes is a food processor, a hunk of ice, and a little imagination. That’s the Spirit offers recipes to make mudslide, creamsicle, or Campari snow cones at home; or just pour a good margarita mix over the top and enjoy!
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If I had the power to award genius prizes, I’d give one to Frank Morales, an executive chef from Virginia, who decided to put beer on a stick and call it a “hopsicle.” It’s not only a clever name, but who doesn’t love an extra-frosty beer on a hot day?! Morales accidentally stumbled upon his creation when he left a bottle of beer in his freezer for three hours and came back to find it frozen solid. Being the genius that he is, he capitalized on his “mistake” and added the boozy-pop to his menu, which features mostly fruity beers that are low in alcohol and minimally hopped. The hopsicle has been embraced by at least one bar in New York that freezes cans of sugar and lime-juice-infused Tecate and saws them open with a serrated steak knife for customers to enjoy.
Check out theKitchn for great directions on making beer pops at home.
Monkey Business Milkshake
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With a hearty ingredient list that includes chocolate ice cream, peanut butter, bananas, and bourbon, this mouthwatering milkshake satisfies enough basic food groups to be classified as my new favorite liquid lunch. Though it was created by the now defunct Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis, you can make it at home by following this simple recipe.
Strawberry Peach Vodka Popsicles
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Peach season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to bring the harvest home, douse it in vodka, and put a stick in it? These pretty peach popsicles are bound to make any BBQ, birthday party, or lazy day around the house better. All you need is a blender, some tonic water, and an appetite for deliciousness. Check out the recipe at Endless Simmer.
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Kahlúa-Spiked Frozen Mochas
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If you’re looking for a little bit of a pick-me-up, this creamy espresso-based frappé might be just what the doctor ordered. Instant espresso and heavy whipping cream blend scrumptiously with Kahlúa, cocoa powder, and brown sugar to deliver something worth staying up for. Even better, you’ll no longer have to sketchily spike your $5 Starbucks mocha frappucino if you make this feel-good frappe at home by following the recipe from Epicurious.
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Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Popsicles
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Blackberry Prosecco Popsicle
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If you’re looking to class up your frosted refreshers, try these beautiful Prosecco blackberry popsicles. This recipe from Endless Simmer combines crème de cassis and lime zest with champagne and berries to deliver the perfect finish to Sunday brunch or any summer occasion. Bon apetit!