The holidays are coming quickly and people will be celebrating by inviting family and friends over for food and drinks. I am always looking for creative ways to show off my culinary skills and I recently received the book Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick and thought this would be perfect for holiday entertaining. What are Poptails, you ask? It is a blend between a popsicle and a cocktail! A creative way to make frozen treats from alcoholic drinks!
Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick
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Subtitle: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick
Author: Erin Nichols
Publisher: Ulysses Press (July 10, 2012)
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Format/Length: paperback 144 pages
My Rating: 5
From the Publisher:
Ice pops — those colorful, on-a-stick, frozen delights — are making a huge comeback. But this time it’s as gourmet creations with specially inspired ingredients. As one sees in this gorgeous full-color cookbook, you can take them to an even higher level of originality by giving them a taste of alcohol for a grown-up kick. Poptails serves up 60 playful, party-friendly recipes that will put the happy in happy hour. With step-by-step instructions and helpful photos, Poptails shows how easy it is to transform favorite flavors like pineapple into boozy frozen desserts like piña colada. You will be amazed at the wide selection of delicious, from lemon verbena vodka and peach prosecco to rum daiquiri and watermelon margarita. The ultimate addition to the hip host’s library of tricks, these cocktail-inspired creations are just the thing to surprise and impress partygoers who appreciate a frosty cold treat with a flavorful zing of booze.
About the Author:
A blogger since 1998 (way back before it was even called blogging) Erin made her transition from overshares to food in 2006 and has documented hundreds of recipes both delicious and disastrous. She recently relocated from New England to San Francisco, California and has no idea what to do with her closet full of winter coats now that it doesn’t snow for six months out of the year.
This is a great little cookbook to have on hand the next time you are planning a party. The author starts off with a detailed, step by step description of how to prepare the alcohol you will need to use in these recipes. It is VERY simple, you just have to burn off some of the actual alcohol so the final product will freeze. She gives you a nice guideline of how much alcohol to start with for each recipe. You WILL need to do some prep work for these creations so plan ahead!
The author’s short introduction to each recipe is both informative and light hearted. The recipes themselves are creative, vividly described and beautifully photographed with step by step directions. There are a ton of ‘fruity’ type poptails like Cosmopolitans, Margaritas, Sangria and many others. There are also non fruit based drinks like Baby It’s Cold Outside which includes vanilla vodka, hot cocoa, and cinnamon that sounds divine for a winter party! I am looking forward to trying that one! The spiked eggnog poptail is another one on my winter treat list (and if you love eggnog, check out my easy eggnog recipe without cream) (and if you love eggnog, check out my easy eggnog recipe without cream)!
This is really a cute reference to have on hand if you are looking for a festive and creative desert to feed your guests!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.