So, it maybe slush-snowed yesterday and maybe it’s been kind of freezing around here, but I made popsicles anyway…cause, why not? Especially when these pops combine a seasonal gem like cranberries, herbal mint, and a hit of warm bourbon for good measure. The pops freeze up with an almost sorbet-like texture and turn out the best jewel-toned berry hue. I mean, I’ll just pull on my f-ugg boots and add another layer in the form of a cardi coat to get my pop-tail on…weather be damned, I don’t even care.
Cranberry Mint + Bourbon Ice Pops
Makes about 10 servings.
As always, these pops are not SUPER boozey since alcohol inhibits freezing…meaning too much booze will result in slush…which isn’t really a bad thing, but it won’t result in a pop. Also, I use THIS ice pop mold.
12 ounces of fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water, divided
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) bourbon
In a saucepan combine the cranberries, mint, sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Heat until it comes to a boil, the sugar dissolves, and cranberries pop. Remove from the heat and press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Whisk in the remaining water and the bourbon. Allow to cool to room temperature and pour into ice pop molds. Freeze 1 hour before inserting the stick, then continue to freeze for several hours until solid. [/recipe]
Ha! It’s full on snow here, but that’s ok these are gorgeous! And really, it is almost November! That means if bourbon and cranberries are in anything it is total fall food! 🙂
right! I mean, they ARE seasonal.
Ruthy @ Omeletta
This is 100% worth the extra layers! The colors on these pops is gorgeous- and you can never go wrong with some booze in your popsicle, for real.
Everything’s betta with Bourbon…True Story.. Love how your keepin the pops going well into frosty weather season..
YOU KNOW! thanks, girl.
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
This is such a refreshing flavour! and totally perfect for fall. Yum!
Averie @ Averie Cooks
They look incredible! Bourbon in them cannot be a bad thing! 🙂
These look so very good! I might have to try these even though the snow is about to start falling here!
Rachel @ Bakerita
Mmm, these sound so perfect right now!! Love the cranberry and mint flavors together, and bourbons never a bad thing 🙂
Sarah | The Sugar Hit
Well it’s a million degrees where I am so thank you for sharing a way to enjoy some Christmassy goodness(too soon? never)while not dying from heat exhaustion!
Whitney @ Jewhungry
You know what? Us folks down here in hot Miami appreciate your October popsicle recipe. Thank you. 🙂
Molly @ yestoyolks.com
Gosh, these look good. I would still eat one despite the chill outside. Totally worth it! Your pictures are gorg, by the way.
I bet these would be great with a little bit of orange juice in them. Filing this away for cranberry season…