Sorry kids, these popsicles are for adults only. The aunt and nephew duo behind Ice Kitchen are back with their second book, Poptails, the one stop shop for all your frozen boozy cravings. Expect everything from creative combinations you wished you thought of first and twists on classics, like these pink negroni popsicles.
It is said that on his return from England in 1919, an Italian nobleman, Count Camillo Negroni, asked his favourite bar to prepare his usual cocktail, the Americano, but with a splash of gin instead of the usual soda. The bittersweet combination became a classic. In these delicious pink poptails, a family favourite, the grapefruit takes the place of the traditional sweet vermouth, adding zest. They are delicious on their own, and super dipped in a shot glass of gin.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed ruby grapefruit juice (from 3-4 grapefruits)
- 5 tablespoons Campari
- 3 tablespoons Gin
- Sliver of grapefruit or a mint leaf for each
For the popsicle
Put the water and sugar in a small saucepan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved. Mix together with the grapefruit juice, Campari and gin.
Fill the moulds, leaving a little space at the top. If you like, put a sliver of grapefruit or mint leaf into the top of each.
Freeze until slushy, 60–90 minutes, then insert the sticks and freeze until solid, at least 5 hours or overnight. (See below for Tips for making fool proof Ice Popsicles for the complete procedure.)