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A Cold Treat on a Hot Summer's Day

Grapefruit & Aperol Boozy Pops


These ice pops are just the thing for a hot summer's day. They are cold and delicious, there is a tiny little bit of booze in them so you feel like you are treating yourself, but not so much that you will be impaired, unless you eat the whole batch! Then again, they are so good you might think about it.

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Aperol is one of my favorite cocktail making ingredients. I use it in my Aperol Gin and Tonics, Aperol Spritzes and even a Blood Orange, Gin and Aperol Sangria. So what is Aperol? It is an Italian liqueur that I like to think of as Compari's younger, skinnier cousin. Aperol has been around for almost 100 years and originated in Padua, Italy. It is made from a secret formula of bitter and sweet oranges, rhubarb and other herbs and spices. 

Boozy, But Light

You can't put too much booze in your ice pops or they won't freeze. This is a good thing. I find 1/2 cup of Aperol to 2 1/2 cups of grapefruit freezes well. So how does one ice pop compare to one standard cocktail in terms of alcohol content? A U. S. Standard cocktail has .6 ounces of pure alcohol, or the same amount of alcohol in 12 ounces of regular beer or 5 ounces of wine. These ice pops have .044 ounces of alcohol per pop. So if I have done my math right you would need to eat between 13 and 14 of these frozen treats to consume the same amount of alcohol in one standard U.S. cocktail. Yay! Have all you want!


The real reason for aperol in this cocktail is flavor. Aperol is simply delicious!

How To Eat These Ice Pops

The easiest way, of course, is to take them out of the freezer and pop them directly into your mouth. But there is another way. These ice pops make wonderful garnishes for cocktails. Add them to a gin and tonic or a vodka and soda for wonderful flavor and a beautiful presentation. 

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Tools You Need For This Recipe

Ice Pop MoldIce Pop Mold


Wooden Sticks for Ice Pops

Wooden Sticks for Ice Pops


Grapefruit Aperol Boozy Ice Pops



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These refreshing and lightly boozy ice pops are the perfect treat for a hot summer's day. For a wow presentation use them as a garnish for a gin and tonic or vodka soda.


  • 10 thin slices lime
  • 2 1/2 cups Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 cup Aperol
  • Bitters to taste (I use a combination of Angostura and Orange bitters)


  1. Place one slice of lime in each popsicle mold. Mix grapefruit juice, Aperol and bitters in a small pitcher and pour into the molds. Place the cover on the molds and insert popsicle sticks.
  2. Freeze for four hours or overnight.
  3. To unmold, remove the mold from the freezer and run a butter knife under the cover to release the lid. The corners can be a little sticky. Pull the individual popsicles out of the mold. You can remove the ice pops from the mold, place them in a ziplock bag and return to the freezer to store until you are ready to serve them.

Cuisine New American



  1. Catherine says:

    Delicious and refreshing! I made these for a group of 16 as a gin & tonic garnish before a golf outing. They were perfect and everyone loved them! Great for a hot summer day when you want something a little festive.

  2. Eva Segovia says:

    These drinks were my favorite thing about my birthday duffy cruise! A little sweet, a little sour, a little boozy- even the wine drinkers loved these!

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      So glad you enjoyed them Eva. Truthfully I’ve served these Aperol Gin and Tonics with Grapefruit & Aperol Boozy Ice Pops to about 100 people and with the exception of one person, everyone loves them, including people who tell me “No thank you, I don’t like gin.” : ) I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  3. seasthesky says:

    I made these in ice cube molds with toothpicks for a mini cocktail icepop

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

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