Perfect for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day! These Bomb Pop Cocktails are not only festive, they taste great! You can make them frozen or on the rocks, with or without alcohol. They can also be made ahead of time, which makes it easy to serve your guests during the holiday festivities. You don't even have to wait for the holiday to roll around, these frozen drinks are perfect for any hot summer day.
The three flavors in an original bomb pop popsicle are cherry, lime, and blue raspberry. I wanted to stick to those flavors and create a frozen boozy drink that can't help but remind you of the ice cream truck and all the kids running to get their favorite popsicle or ice cream. If you aren't a fan of one of those flavors, no worries, I'll give you plenty of different options to make a frozen drink you will love. You don't even have to make all three layers, simply pick your favorite flavor and just make that one.
My favorite is the cherry!
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! In fact, I suggest that you do just that. Figure out how many layered cocktails you think you'll need and then make enough of each of the three layers, one at a time. I also recommend making the white layer first, the blue layer second, and the red layer last. The reason for this is just in case you don't get all of the drink out when you rinse your blender pitcher, you won't have the red mixing in with your lighter colors. I learned this one the hard way!
Once you make the amount you need of a single layer, put it in a freezer bag and pop it in the freezer. As long as you are using the alcohol, it won't freeze completely. If you don't want to use alcohol, you will want to freeze it in ice cube trays because you will have to blend just before serving to get it back to the slushy consistency.
When you are ready to serve your cocktails, remove the bags from the freezer and break up the contents with your hands. Cut a hole in the corner of the bag and use the bag like you would a decorating bag and layer the drink into each of the glasses.
As long as it is stored in a freezer bag, it should last a few months.
If you prefer wine over vodka and want to make wine slushies they are just as delicious and easy! Here is the recipe: Wine Slushies
Ingredients & Substitutions
This is my favorite flavor of all time, cherry! Watermelon or raspberry are great choices if you aren't a fan of cherry flavors.
For this layer, I chose to use a red berry vodka by Amsterdam because that is what they had at my local liquor store and I happen to love it! I mix it with plain club soda for a delicious and light summer cocktail. For the red color and flavoring, I used a cherry sugar-free powdered drink mix I found at Walmart. If you can't find those ingredients, here are some other options.
Any cherry vodka will be perfect for this layer and here are some brands that I recommend; Svedka, Smirnoff, Three Olives, or Sky. You really can't go wrong with any of those. Or, just use your favorite clear liquor and rely on the drink mix to flavor it. My husband doesn't like vodka, so he would prefer to use rum and that works fine.
If you can't find the cherry-flavored powdered or liquid drink mix, then you can use Hawaiian punch flavored mix or any flavor that you like with the red color.
The white layer is a citrus flavor and I stuck with the original bomb pop flavor and made mine lime-flavored.
For this layer, I recommend using a plain vodka or any other white liquor that you like. I tried it with a lime-flavored vodka and it was just a little too bitter, but feel free to experiment with your favorite citrus vodka, that's the fun of making cocktails!
You could also use a Mike's Hard Lemonade with ice and skip the drink mix.
I used a sugar-free liquid limeade flavored drink mix that I found at Walmart and it worked great. You can use any citrus flavor that you like or switch up the citrus for something else that you prefer as long as it doesn't have any color to it.
You can also use regular lemonade if you prefer.
For the blue layer, I used blue raspberry vodka by Svedka and it worked great.
A lot of people use blue curaçao to make a blue cocktail, but that isn't going to give you a blue raspberry flavor. In fact, blue curaçao is flavored from the peels of the laraha citrus fruit that's grown on the Dutch Caribbean island, Curaçao. It's perfectly fine to use it, the blue colors are vibrant and beautiful, but it will taste different.
If you aren't a fan of blue raspberry or can't find it and don't want to use the blue curaçao, then any light colored alcohol will do. You could switch the flavor to blueberry or stick with plain and flavor it with the drink mix.
I used a liquid blue raspberry sugar-free drink mix from the grocery store.
Any blueberry or blue raspberry drink mix will work perfectly fine.
How To Make a Non-Alcoholic Version
If you want to make this recipe without alcohol, it's super easy and very straightforward, just omit the alcohol and add extra water, if needed, to blend the ice and flavorings to a slushy consistency.
There are a few things to keep in mind when making the kid-friendly version and that is that the ice slushy mixture will freeze solid if left in the freezer too long. It's the alcohol that keeps the mixture from freezing solid, so if you omit it, I would make and serve the drinks right away.
Tips for making Bomb Pop Cocktails
- Gather all of your ingredients for one layer at a time, especially the ice. The ice will start to melt quickly and that leads to runny layers which tend to bleed into each other.
- Use more ice if needed. I used about 1 cup of ice per layer, which weighed 8 ounces, but you may need more. Especially if you increase the liquid amount of any ingredients. Go by look more than measurements.
- You can replace the water for the alcohol of choice in each layer and make a stronger drink. The usual cocktail has about 1½ ounces of alcohol in it, so if you made two drinks with this recipe that would be the amount of alcohol in each one.
- If you don't have access to a freezer when making the cocktails, you can get all three layers done and poured into the glasses before they start to melt as long as you have everything measured out and ready to go.
- Most importantly, have fun and don't worry if things don't go perfectly the first time you make them. They will still be delicious!
How to Make Frozen Bomb Pop Cocktails
This recipe will make 2-4 cocktails, depending on the size of your glasses. If you are using a shorter glass, you may even get 4 cocktails. Each layer makes about 1½-2 cups of slushy.
I like using the Ninja Foodi Power Blender for making frozen drinks because it has a cup that you can twist the top to move the ice around and that makes for a really smooth drink. You can use any high speed blender.
Even though I start out layering the drink with the red layer, you will want to make the white layer first and then put it in a bag or another container in the freezer while you make the rest of the layers. This is so you don't have transfer from the darker colors to the white layer.
Start by adding the ice to your blender cup, then add the alcohol you are using. I add the drink mix directly to the cup, but you could mix it with the alcohol or the water beforehand if you want to.
Then add in 1-2 Tablespoons of water. In the video, I used 2 Tablespoons of water, but had to add more ice. If you are using limeade liquid drink mix, I would start with 1 Tablespoon of water.
Blend on high speed until smooth.
Remove the slushy mix from the blender and put it into a freezer bag or other container and put it into the freezer until you are ready to assemble your drinks. Rinse out the blender cup and move on to the next layer.
The directions are exactly the same as the white layer except you will use the blue raspberry liquid drink mix. Rinse out the blender cup and move to the Red Layer.
Repeat the same instructions for the red layer. I used powdered cherry drink mix for this layer and the 2 Tablespoons of water worked well.
Layering the Bomb Pop Cocktail
Start with the red layer and fill the glass ⅓ of the way with the red slushy mix. If you have the drink mix in the freezer in a freezer bag, cut a corner off of the bottom and squeeze it into the drink glasses, or you can spoon it out if that is easier for you.
Repeat with the white layer and then top off the glass with the blue layer.
If you are making multiple cocktails, I recommend layering the first red layer into all of the glasses and then return any unused red slushy drink to the freezer. Repeat with the white and blue layer.
Serve & Enjoy!
Bomb Pop Cocktails
- High Speed Blender
- 24 ounces ice about 3-4 cups divided in recipe
- 1 ounce Red Berry Vodka or Cherry flavored Vodka
- 1 ounce Blue Raspberry Vodka
- 1 ounce Plain Vodka or Citrus Flavored
- 1 teaspoon cherry drink mix
- 1 teaspoon lime or lemon drink mix
- 1 teaspoon blue raspberry drink mix
- 3-6 Tablespoons water divided in recipe
- 2 mini bomb pop popsicles optional as decoration
- Add 8 ounces (1-1½ cups) of ice to the blender cup. Add in 1 ounce of plain or citrus vodka and 1 teaspoon of lime or lemon-flavored liquid or powdered drink mix. Add in 1-2 Tablespoons of water. Blend on high speed until smooth. Place slushy drink mix into a freezer bag or container and put into the freezer until you are ready to layer your cocktail. Rinse the blender cup.
- Add 8 ounces (1-1½ cups) of ice to the blender cup. Add in 1 ounce of blue raspberry vodka or blueberry vodka and 1 teaspoon of blue raspberry-flavored liquid or powdered drink mix. Add in 1-2 Tablespoons of water. Blend on high speed until smooth. Place slushy drink mix into a freezer bag or container and put into the freezer until you are ready to layer your cocktail. Rinse the blender cup.
- Add 8 ounces (1-1½ cups) of ice to the blender cup. Add in 1 ounce of cherry vodka and 1 teaspoon of cherry-flavored liquid or powdered drink mix. Add in 1-2 Tablespoons of water. Blend on high speed until smooth. Place slushy drink mix into a freezer bag or container and put into the freezer until you are ready to layer your cocktail.
Layering the Bomb Pop Cocktail
- You can layer your drinks any way you want, but I fill ⅓ of the glass with the red layer on the bottom, ⅓ of the glass with the white layer in the middle, and ⅓ of the glass with the blue layer on top.
- Place a mini bomb pop into the glass for decoration if desired. You may have some of the slushy drink mix left over and you can clip the cut corner of the bags and store them in the freezer for later.
ABOUT THE RECIPE AUTHOR, LOUISE LONG
Louise is a full-time recipe creator and food blogger @ The Salted Pepper. She has over 30 years of experience with cooking and recipe development. She owned a restaurant for several years and was a full-time RN until retiring to blog full-time.
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