What kid does not like popsicles or ice cream treats? Right, I’m still racking my brain trying to think of one now and even back when I was kid. This was seriously my crack as a kid, and the ice cream truck operator was the dealer. It was crazy because I could hear the truck from 4 to 5 blocks away. I would just run outside and sit on the curb anxiously anticipating his arrival. On the days he did not see me sitting waiting for him with my money in hand, he would just stop in front of my house to make sure I heard him (true story). As I got older and more sophisticated, my taste buds matured and I longed for popsicles with a little more flavor and richness, a little more bold and refreshing. Yes, I wanted me some boozy-ass cocktails popsicles; and if they had to be unleaded (no alcohol), I craved the extra flavor and goodness only home-made popsicles could deliver. So does that make me a Popsicle snob – well yes! At the end of the day a girl likes what she likes right.
Once I started doing research it seems that others shared my love for these adult treats. I’m so serious about popsicles, that I’ve dedicated an entire Pinterest board to the delicious little gems. The board is made up of all kinds of popsicles from around the world that you can make at home, and there are LOTS of adult ones to choose from believe me (click here to go directly to our page). If making them is not your thing and you find yourself in or near downtown Houston, make your way to Reserve 101 Whiskey Bar & Cocktail Lounge for some of the best grown-folks popsicles this side of the Mason-Dixon (hell, and probably the other side too).
They came up with the idea to create them about two years ago, and immediately went to work on flavors. They knew it would need to be the right combination of alcohol to fruit and cream, and so forth – or it just would not work; because when making alcoholic popsicles the base is the most important part (which is the opposite of making a cocktail). Additionally, if they wanted to use fruits they had to keep it to “low water” fruits (sorry, water fruits don’t really work).
Fast forward to now…Reserve 101 has done it! They are selling Push Pop Cocktails Popsicles that are reminiscent of the novelty candy we all enjoyed as children (click on the video below for a little walk down memory lane). The pops come in two very different flavors – Chocolate Chip Mint Julep (made with chocolate milk, mint leaves and Woodford Reserve Bourbon) and the Salted Caramel Bacon and Bourbon Creamsicle (made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon). My personal favorite is the caramel bacon. The caramel and salt just dance on the tongue in beautiful harmony, while the bourbon slips in with a mild creamy undertone and hits your palate with that good-good.
These adult push pops provide all the things I love and look for in my popsicles. They are made home-made (in this case house-made), they are very flavorful, and they’ve got booze!