Summer Wedding Dessert Idea: DIY Boozy Popsicles

The kid's treat gets an adults-only upgrade.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

For a warm weather wedding, or any other warm wedding celebration, start off the night right by keeping your guests cool—and delighting them with boozy ice pops. To ensure that the icies freeze, add just one shot (or 1 and 1/2 ounces) of alcohol to one cup of juice, which makes three treats. Note: bubbles don't freeze well, so save the champagne for sipping. For an extra kick, personalize the sticks with the wedding date, your initials, or a cheeky saying.

For each ice pop, combine half a shot of your choice of alcohol and half a cup of your favorite juice into a popsicle mold. If you're throwing a beach party, try limeade-and-tequila pops, mango-and-rum pops, or strawberry lemonade-and-vodka popsicles. The grapefruit juice-and-gin icees and mixed berry vodka with orange juice and campari pops are perfect for an outdoor garden party. For an end-of-summer soirée, welcome the fall feels with apple cider-and-bourbon pops and rhubarb and mixed-berry vodka popsicles. No matter the flavor, these treats are sure to be a hit, plus they'll look great on display—how could anyone resist those beautiful bright colors?!

To keep your popsicles chilled, store them in glassine bags in a large cooler with dry ice. Once cocktail hour is underway, have your caterer pass the treats on trays, right in their wrappers. 


The Details: Engraved popsicle sticks, $40 for 200,; Norpo ice-pop maker, $13,; Glassine bags, $20 for 1,000,


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