DIY: Dirty Pirate Hooker Popsicles

I like reconnecting with friends from long-ago – it’s like a treasure hunt: you’ll never know what you’ll end up with. About a week ago I hung out with Gabe whom I haven’t seen since high school. There’s three things I distinctly remember about him:

1. He played waterpolo
2. He was featured in our Senior Yearbook as “Model Material”
3. His room had a purple wall and Metallica painted on it

Anyway, that isn’t really the point, just giving you some background. He’s pretty much the same easy-going dude seeking adventure.

After we got Saturday morning Bloody Mary’s in Palo Alto [remind me to touch upon what a bizarre place that is at a later date], we spent some time going back and forth about future travel plans. He mentioned that during one of his travels south he had discovered a fantastic dark rum from Panama (Ron Abuelo 12 Year, $35). Promising me a bottle, I got to thinking about what I should do with that rum – aside from drinking it like a pirate.

Summer is close, so despite my perilous and foggy summer in San Francisco, I’m imagining warmth anyway. If it were warm, I would need something cold… delicious… refreshing.

Then it hits me: Frozen Alcohol.

Apparently such a concoction is dubbed a “Poptail”, but that sounds sleezey to me. I prefer Dirty Pirate Hooker Popsicle. Yum.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups Coca-Cola*
1/3 cup Rum
1/3 cup Peach Schnapps

*Slightly flat soda will result in a better freeze. You can make soda flat by pouring out enough liquid of a 2-liter bottle to leave a 3-inch space from the top. Shake vigorously and set aside to let the bubbles subside. Repeat one or two times.

Instructions
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Stir to combine.
3. Pour mixture into popsicle mold.

My household is anti-plastics. If you want a great popsicle mold, here’s a Stainless Steel option from Onyx ($40). They make steps #4 and #5 below obsolete and they freeze faster. Plus, it looks so Tony Stark, don’t you think?

4. If you have plastic molds or molds that don’t hold the popsicle sticks from the get-go. Freeze liquid popsicles for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify.
5. Insert popsicle sticks.
6. Finish freezing popsicles overnight.

If you have trouble removing the popsicles from the mold the next morning – errr… afternoon, run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

Some other great recipes for other types of frozen alcohol are:

Bourbon Peaches & Cream Popsicle
Watermelon Mojito Popsicle
Cucumber, Honeydew Margarita Popsicle
Mango Maui Mai Tai

And for the men out there who refuse to put a cocktail in your mouth… try a Beer Float.

[I found these recipes on EndlessSimmer.com]