Homemade "poptails" aplenty: A frozen, Fourth-ready drink of the week on a stick

Fight for your right to booze up your popsicle this Fourth of July
Fight for your right to booze up your popsicle this Fourth of July
Michelle Leon

By now you've got the brats, you've got the best cheap beer in America, and back up propane on deck for today's patriotic festivities; if not, get a move on. While you're breaking a sweat prepping for the party, let's talk boozy popsicles, or "poptails": the best way to imbibe on a hot day such as this. And after all, this is Minnesota, where popular opinion holds if whatever you're consuming ain't on a stick, you're doing it wrong. These adults-only freezes are the perfect way to celebrate in a grown up way that harkens the Fourth of our youths -- stained tongues and all. With our roundup of recipes, you can have a batch in the freezer now and ready to slurp by sundown's first firework.

Don't plunge in to the deep end of the poptail pool without doing a little research, or you'll end up with a slushy mess of juices and tragically wasted booze on the floor of the freezer. Get a crash course here, with Food Republic's quick and handy primer on the art of freezing your favorite cocktails, from liquid ratios to flavor profiles.

Once you've mastered the basic concept, the sky's the limit. Think about what you like to drink, use what you have handy, and you'll be effortlessly crafting frozen cocktails like the ones we've rounded up to get your juices flowing:

  • Creamy Margarita Popsicles from Host the Toast: The flavors are familiar and sure to please a crowd, with tart lime and crunchy salt to garnish.
  • Watermelon Mojito Popsicles from Endless Simmer: Can a mint- and lime-laden white rum drink get any more refreshing? With the addition of pureed watermelon, amazingly, it can.
  • Grapefruit Basil Vodka Popsicles from Cooking Stoned: Make the most of your CSA share or backyard patch by making simple syrups with your fresh herbs, like the basil syrup in this Greyhound variation.
  • Canteloupe and Campari Popsicles from People's Pops via Imbibe: Bitter, sweet, complex and summery at once, this Brooklyn based pop shop's got the frozen fruit juice game on lock and willing to share.
  • Pinot Noir Blackberry Popsicles from Martha Stewart: Spirits not your tipple of choice? Whip up a batch of richly sweet red wine and berry popsicles from the queen bee of crafty domesticity herself.
  • Lemon Pale Ale Popsicles from The Beeroness: Beer meets its soul mate in this light, citrusy pop. Grain Belt, anyone?

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