Super easy Tinto De Verano red wine popsicles made with your favorite red wine, lemon lime soda, and a homemade lime simple syrup. Delicious, boozy treats perfect for a grown-up summer.
Black Books (available on Hulu and Netflix) is an earlier effort from the creator of the IT Crowd (which also got the Nerd Month treatment in the form of Sea Parks Mashed Potatoes). It’s just as funny but with slightly worse people.
Main character Bernard Black (possibly one of my favorite characters ever) is terrible, misanthropic, bitter, mean, and owns/lives above a book shop where he never seems to actually sell any books.
He is also quite fond of the drink and on one hot day, comes up with the best possible way of enjoying one.
Would that we all could be as brilliant as Bernard Black, (we can’t) but we can booze like him. Wine Lolly, anyone?
Coming up with this recipe was actually a ton of fun because I’m not a huge drinker of red wine and had no idea how to make it into a palatable popsicle. When I came across the Tinto De Verano cocktail, an easy mix of Spanish red wine and lime soda, I knew it would make the perfect summery popsicle.
I made a batch and while it was a good cocktail, the frozen popsicles were a little bland. So for round two, I added a lime simple syrup to the mix, and that did the trick.
You still have the deep richness of the red wine (use whatever type you like best), but the tartness of the lime and sugar sweet of the syrup make the popsicles so much tastier. If you are looking for a boozy frozen summer treat, it doesn’t get much better than this.
I think even Bernard Black would approve.
Going into summer without a popsicle mold? This is the one* I bought recently and am very happy with. The plastic base feels high quality and I’ve had no trouble with the lid catching on the sticks when you go to remove it, which seems to be a problem with a ton of models. I’ll report back next summer on the mold’s longevity, but so far, I love it!
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 1/4 cups red wine
- 1 1/4 cups lemon-lime soda
- In a small pot, combine sugar and water. Heat over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves completely.
- Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a large liquid measuring cup, combine wine and soda. Add cooled lime syrup and stir.
- Divide liquid between popsicle mold slots, leaving a little room at the top for popsicles to expand.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- Run popsicle mold under warm water and gently remove popsicles. Wrap individually in wax paper and store in an air-tight container.
- Serve with a napkin and enjoy!
*If you like your popsicles less sweet, you can cut the simple syrup in half and simply replace it with an extra two tablespoons each of wine and soda.
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