It’s time for some boozy popsicles! These strawberry rosé popsicles are refreshing, sweet, and tart. They are also guaranteed to wow the guests at your next summer get together.
Recently, I went to one of my favorite restaurants in the Pullman-Moscow area, Lodgepole, where I got to try their “Strawberry Fields” cocktail. It was a refreshing mix of strawberries, sake, lemon juice, and rosé, and it blew me away. I knew I had to replicate it somehow, so I turned it into popsicles!
Also, if you are ever in my neck of the woods, make sure to check them out. They make truly amazing dishes with locally sourced ingredients, and I can’t say enough good things about them.
What is Sake?
If you have never tried sake, fear not! It’s actually delicious and super refreshing, which makes it perfect for summer entertaining.
Sake is simply a fermented rice wine from Japan that goes through a brewing process similar to beer. Making good sake, like making good wine, is an art. Sake masters in Japan spend years as apprentices to hone their craft and work around the clock to produce this tasty beverage. If you would like to know more about how sake is produced, make sure to watch The Birth of Saké on Netflix. It’s excellent.
I find it hard to describe how sake tastes, but I’ll do my best. It’s usually served cool, so I find it crisp and bright, with a strong hint of fermentation. There are many, many varieties of sake, and they all taste slightly different. The one I used for these strawberry rosé popsicles it’s unfiltered sake, which is why it’s cloudy. You can also find completely clear sake.
I live in a super small town, so I don’t have access to a wide selection of sake. The selection at my local Co-Op, however, is more than enough, and I ended up using a relatively inexpensive bottle. If you can’t find sake where you live, feel free to omit it and just use rosé.
Choosing the Right Rosé for Popsicles
Ok. This actually took me a while to figure out. The #1 tip I have is to only use a rosé you would drink on its own. No cheap, funky tasting stuff please.
The second thing I discovered is that rosés that are floral and citrusy seem to complement the flavor of strawberries really well. I have a soft spot for Italian rosés so that’s what I used in this recipe.
Strawberry Rosé Popsicles with Sake
These beautiful strawberry rosé popsicles get an extra kick from some sake. They are vegan, gluten free, and naturally sweetened, and guaranteed to make you the hit of your next party.
- Yield: 2 cups
- 1 cup of chilled rosé wine
- ½ cup of chilled sake
- 1 cup fresh strawberries,* hulled and halved
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (or to taste)
- Step 1 Put all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Step 2 Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to get rid of any seeds.
- Step 3 Pour the strained mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 8 hours.
- Step 4 Run the molds under warm water and unmold. Enjoy immediately.
*You can probably make these popsicles with frozen strawberries, but I haven’t given it a try. I would expect the mixture to be thicker.
Here are other boozy desserts you might enjoy:
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