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Boozy Campari Citrus Pops

June 17, 2010

Remember the childhood joy of slurping an icy popsicle on a hot day? These pretty pastel pops serve up summer nostalgia with a boozy adult twist.

The secret ingredient is Campari, the scarlet Italian aperitif made from herbs, spices and fruit. It’s traditionally served over ice with soda water and a slice of lime or a splash of juice. A great summer barbecue drink, Campari is refreshing in the heat and mild enough (25 percent alcohol) you can sip it all afternoon without worries.

The pops are sweeter, fruitier and just plain fun. All you need is four ingredients and a couple of kiddie popsicle molds from the 99 cent store.

The pink grapefruit pops are perfect for Campari lovers – tart, with the alcohol’s distinctly bittersweet flavor. If they were served in a little glass at a fancy restaurant you’d call them palate cleansing. The orange versions are sweeter, a mouthful of frosty orange with a just a little extra something. Mix up a batch of each – popsicles never felt so classy (the full recipe’s available on The Kitchn).

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 9:32 pm

    oh, I love this adult version of popsicles!!!
    Gorgeous colors….I don’t think Campari ever looked so good!
    It must have been so fun to photograph that. Beautiful shots and slightly buzzed in the end???

  2. Liz permalink
    June 17, 2010 9:40 pm

    I mean, I had to do a fair amount of tasting… purely for research purposes, of course!

  3. June 17, 2010 9:43 pm

    of course ;))))

  4. June 17, 2010 11:45 pm

    awesome idea. and an amazing 3rd picture.

  5. June 18, 2010 4:10 am

    I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy Campari. Gorgeous pics, too. They make me feel hip.

  6. June 18, 2010 3:55 pm

    Now I know what to do with that dusty ol’ bottle of Compari in the back of my pantry. These would be perfect for summer.

  7. June 21, 2010 2:19 pm

    Gorgeous – just gorgeous. Can’t wait to try them. I’ve made ice cream with all kinds of wine, champagne and other booze … why didn’t I think of Campari? It’s so hot where I am right now, just looking at your lovely photos is so refreshing …

  8. June 21, 2010 9:30 pm

    It is blazing 100 degrees here and nothing looked better than these at this time!! stunning pictures as usual. you have the talent to take the most out of the box kind of pictures. very very unique.

  9. June 22, 2010 4:17 am

    Oh my, these are perfect…Love it!


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