As the warmer months of summer creep closer, it’s important to find a way to cool off but have fun at the same time. Here are some recipes to keep yourself cool while imbibing as well. These are five fun and easy recipes to everyone raving about your summer barbecues or just to eat while lounging around enjoying the summer sun.
Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Soda Floats
These are the “to die for” desserts of the summer. After you try this float, regular bourbon or soda floats won’t ever be the same again. How Sweet It Is came up with this great recipe that serves two people and takes only five minutes.
- 1 pint of dark chocolate ice cream
- 4 ounces of bourbon
- 2 bottles of cherry soda
Fill glasses with ice cream.
Pour in 1-2 shots of bourbon (or lots more).
Pour in soda.
Watermelon Margarita Poptails
These are the perfect snack for the summertime, whether you make them for yourself or to share with your friends. Brit & Co. brings us this amazing and creative treat to cool down during a heatwave.
- 5 cups seedless watermelon (about ½ of a large watermelon)
- ¾ cup lime juice
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup tequila
- 4 limes
- Margarita or other coarse salt
- 10 5-ounce Dixie cups
- Short popsicle sticks or craft spoons
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and sugar is dissolved.
Strain ingredients through a mesh sieve to remove watermelon pulp.
You will be left with about 5 cups (40 ounces) of popsicle mixture.
If using Dixie cups, prepare limes by slicking 3 thick slices from the middle section of each lime. Insert short popsicle sticks through the center of the limes. You will then place these on top of popsicle mixture in each Dixie cup.
Divide popsicle mixture between Dixie cups or popsicle molds. Top with lime popsicle sticks. Freeze for 2 hours.
Freeze overnight and sprinkle margarita salt before serving. Enjoy!
Red Wine Fudgesicles
As a child, you probably enjoyed a few fudgesicles. Now that you’re an adult, you can make them even better! This recipe from A Beautiful Mess makes about four to six popsicles so that you have plenty to share.
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cup milk
In a small pot simmer the wine over low/medium heat for 12-18 minutes, allowing it to reduce.
Remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate until completely melted.
Stir in the milk.
Pour into your popsicle tray and freeze overnight.
*Note: you can use milk instead of wine for regular fudgesicles.
Blue Moon Ice Cream Push Pops
This is another great recipe from the Brit & Co. It is great twist on the push pops we ate as kids, but with a little kick to it. You are surely going to want one of these to accompany you when you relax in the sun.
- 1 12-ounce bottle of Blue Moon beer
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 ¼ cups whipping cream, divided
- Sprinkle of orange zest
- Brown and/or yellow food coloring
- Orange slices for garnish
- Push pop containers
- Hand mixer
Pour beer in a small sauce pan and boil over medium-high heat until reduced by half (6 ounces).
Transfer beer into a liquid measuring cup; add sugar to beer and stir until dissolved. Grate a sprinkle of orange zest into the beer mixture. Prepare an ice bath and place measuring cup in ice bath to cool. Set aside until very cold.
In a medium-sized bowl, whip 1 cup of whipping cream to soft peaks. Gently pour chilled beer into whipped cream; fold beer into whipped cream until thoroughly incorporated. This will deflate a significant portion of the air you whipped into the cream but it will still result in a thicker and creamer ice cream than if you hadn’t taken the step to whip the cream.
Pour ice cream base into a liquid measuring cup; add desired amount of food coloring.
Divide ice cream base between 8 push pop molds, leaving some space at the top for garnish. Freeze overnight or until firm.
After freezing the pops, it can sometimes be difficult to attach the push pop stick. If you’re having issues, we recommend placing a flat surface (such as the bottom of a glass) over the top of the push pop so you have something to press against when inserting the push pop stick.
Whip remaining ¼ cup of whipping cream into soft peaks. Slice the orange into thin horizontal slices and then each slice into 4 quarters. Top each push pop mold with whipped cream so it looks like foam. Add an orange slice for garnish. Cheers!
Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream
Joy the Baker has come up with this great recipe for your own ice cream. You can feel like a baking genius when you tell your friends that you hand-made this ice cream.
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cherry preserves (not jelly preserves)
- 1 vanilla bean split and scraped
- ¼ cup bourbon soaked cherries, roughly chopped
- 1 to 2 cups of bourbon for soaking cherries
- 2 tablespoons bourbon for the recipe
Make bourbon soaked cherries by combining ½ cup dried cherries with 1 to 2 cups of bourbon. Let the mixture sit in a clean jar with a lid, for at least two days. Once the cherries have plumped up you can make this ice cream with the cherries and a bit of the bourbon.
Combine all ingredients except the chopped cherries and bourbon, in a large saucepan over medium heat. Place a candy or frying thermometer in the milk mixture. Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to 170 degrees F. This is pretty hot for milk. If your milk breaks a bit, don’t worry too much. It’ll work out in the end.
Once 170 degrees F is reached, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove the vanilla bean and add the chopped cherries and bourbon. Stir to combine and place mixture in a lidded container and refrigerate overnight. This will allow the flavors to mellow and improve the texture of the milk.
Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The mixture will not freeze hard in the machine but will increase in volume and be the texture of soft serve ice cream. Place the mixture in a container with a lid and freeze for at least one hour before serving.
After reading through all these amazing recipes, there is no way that you can feel that your summer is boring. Everyone is going to be coming to your house to share these amazing treats with you. So, when you decide to start making them, make sure to stop by Julio’s Liquors located in Westborough, MA to grab the most important ingredient, the alcohol.