We're suckers for ice pops -- and we love 'em even more when they're boozy! Sparkling wine or champagne, the secret ingredient in these homemade frozen fruit treats, adds a little effervescence that makes them extra-special. Serve them in tall, stemless glasses filled with champagne to infuse a little strawberry flavor into the drink. Bonus: The ice pops also serve as giant ice cubes to keep you and your guests cool on a hot day.
Sparkling Strawberry-Grapefruit Pops
Makes 6 ice pops
1.5 cups fresh strawberries, chopped (or 3 shots of strawberry puree), plus extra slices for garnish
7.5 oz. (or 5 shots) champagne or sparkling wine
3.75 oz. (or 2.5 shots) pink grapefruit juice
3.75 oz. (or 2.5 shots) simple syrup
Blend the strawberries in blender until smooth. In a pitcher, stir the fresh strawberry puree, champagne, grapefruit juice and simple syrup together. Pour into prepared molds, add sliced fresh strawberries, and freeze until solid (at least 6 hours).
Recipe by Karen Biton Cohen
Orb champagne glass, Form round platter and Mercer salad plates, all from Crate & Barrel