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.
Well, we made it. A whole month of nerdy recipes and Nerd Month is finally coming to a close with a show that is very dear to my black heart, Black Books.
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 these red wine popsicles 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!
Tinto De Verano Red Wine Popsicles
Lime Simple Syrup*
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- Juice of 1 lime about 2 tablespoons
Tinto De Verano
- 1 1/4 cups red wine
- 1 1/4 cups lemon-lime soda
Lime Simple Syrup
- 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!
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Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
Woo hoo! Unlike you, Tracy, I am a drinker of red wine 😉 And to have in frozen treat format just in time for Summer? Yes please! Pinning and trying this real soon. Have a great weekend, girl!!
Thanks, Dawn!! You tooooooo!
jacquee | i sugar coat it! says
It’s a HOT one here today – these would certainly do the trick!!
Right!? I was just thinking I needed to make another batch. 😉
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I am definitely picking one. Superb photography!!
Thank you! 🙂
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
I could do eat 4 of these right now. Sadly I will have to leave it until next year as I am pregnant 🙁 They look beautiful though.
Bummer for no boozy summer treats, but CONGRATULATIONS!! 🙂 You can make up for it next year! 😉
Yigit | Swanky Recipes says
wow. looking like very easy and delicious ! love it
Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table says
You had me at WINE popsicles… and then I saw Bernard Black and I fell completely head-over-heels. I now HAVE to make these!
KSENIA!!! We should be friends!! 😉 Always happy to have a fellow Black Books fan stop by the blog! 🙂
Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom says
This is my first summer as a mom of 3 (ranging from 7 months to 7 years). Basically I NEED these boozy popsicles to get me through the summer!!
Oh man, you DESERVE them! 😉
Yowza! These sound like the perfect summertime treat, Tracy!
Damn delicious ice cream, perfect for summer. Why would any opt for a vanilla or chocolate when they can get an Ice cream made at home of red wine. Waoooo… Tracy, the images are looking fabulous.
Thanks so much, Mahi!
This looks like the perfect relaxing summer treat! ❤️
Thank you! I think it is! 😉