Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops are a great way for adults to take the heat out of a summer’s day. This easy recipe fills freezer pop bags to make an icy boozy treat!
Summer’s heat begs for constant relief and hydration.
In my house that means a freezer full of delicious popsicles, with many boozy choices for adults!
Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops are easy to make and a refreshing way to enjoy the classic cocktail!
The frosty pink and orange pops are soothing to the eye and the palate. Easily transportable and perfect for adult parties.
What is a Freezer Pop?
Think Otter Pops.
Freezer Pops are made by freezing liquid in a specially designed bag. It makes a long skinny popsicle that can be pushed up the plastic tube to eat it.
They are easier to transport than regular popsicles since they are sealed.
Ingredients in a Tequila Sunrise
Light and fresh tequila sunrise popsicles are a perfect choice to take the heat out of a summer’s day.
They are an easy 3-ingredient cocktail that transforms into a pretty freezer pop.
A simple combination of:
- Orange juice
- a stemless Maraschino Cherry
That’s all that is needed to whip up these freezer pops.
How to Freeze Alcohol
Technically alcohol does not freeze. However, when a small amount of alcohol is mixed with other liquids, the mixture WILL freeze. The percentage of alcohol is key to success.
Cocktail popsicles don’t freeze as hard as non-alcoholic popsicles, or freeze at all if too much liquor is included.
Even when freezing hard the popsicles melt more quickly due to the alcohol content.
Pro Tip to Freeze Cocktails
When made in freezer pop bags, if the pop melts more quickly no one cares, you can still drink it out of the bag!
Light and fresh tequila sunrise popsicles are a perfect choice to take the heat out of a summer’s day. They are an easy 3-ingredient cocktail that transforms into a pretty freezer pop. A simple combination of tequila, orange juice and grenadine, along with a stemless maraschino cherry, are all that is needed to whip up these ‘poptails’.
Pro Tips for Making Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops
How to Get the Best Orange Flavor
When certain ingredients are frozen their flavors can become dull. All orange juices are not equal in flavor depth. I add Pure Orange Extract to the Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops to keep the orange flavor bright.
Make Them By the Bag or By the Batch
The tequila sunrise freezer pops can be made ‘per pop’ or in a batch.
Ingredient amounts for each are included.
When making a batch, be sure to fully mix all ingredients and stir between pouring into each pop bag to ensure the alcohol is well mixed with the other ingredients for even freezing.
For Best Sunrise Effect
Drizzle the grenadine into each individual freezer pop bag to get the beautiful sunrise coloration.
In a hurry? Mix the grenadine into the other liquids and poured in as a whole.
NOTE: the color gradient will not be as dramatic mixing all together.
Filling the Freezer Pop Bags
Frozen liquids expand so do not fill them more than the designated fill line.
When the pop is frozen it will expand almost to the closure.
Placing the freezer pop bag in a tall drinking glass stabilizes it for easier filling.
Eating the Tequila Sunrise Freeze Pop
To eat, cut just below the zipper closure.
How to Make Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops – Step by Step
This is the instruction overview for making the Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops per pop.
Batch instruction and detailed printable instructions are in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Add a maraschino cherry to the freezer pop bag.
- Shake the bag to migrate the cherry to the very bottom.
- Place the freezer bag in a clean tall drinking glass.
- Combine the orange juice, tequila and orange extract in a liquid measuring cup; stir.
- Place a funnel into the top of the freezer pop bag.
- Slowly pour the liquid into the bag. NOTE: The liquid should reach the ‘fill line’ on the bag but no higher.
- Pour the grenadine through the funnel into the liquid. It will create a color gradient with redder toward the bottom.
- Seal and freeze the freezer pop upright in the freezer until fully frozen.
To eat: cut the top of the freezer pop bag just below the zipper seal and serve.
My Favorite Freezer Pop Bags
These are my favorite freezer pop bags and are available online in packs of 36.
They are essentially a long skinny plastic zipper bag.
Other Supplies Needed:
- Drinking Glass (to stablize the bag for filling)
- Liquid Measuring Cup
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Originally published: July 6, 2017.