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Cranberry Champagne Poptail

Cranberry Champagne Poptail - A homemade cranberry cherry popsicle in served in a glass with champagne. As the popsicle melts, it creates a fun sparkling cocktail suitable for any party this season!

Cranberry Champagne Poptail – A homemade cranberry cherry popsicle in served in a glass with champagne. As the popsicle melts, it creates a fun sparkling cocktail suitable for any party this season!

It’s time to get our drink on, guys! You didn’t think I was gonna let you guys go all the way to New Year’s Eve without a stellar cocktail recipe, did ya?!?!

With all the drink recipes I already shared with you guys – including the showstopping wine milkshakes and the fan-favorite cranberry lime mojitos– it was gonna be tough to find a cocktail recipe that could live up to them.

But then it hit me…I need to share a fun champagne cocktail with you guys. After all, champagne is synonymous with New Year’s Eve, which is less than 2 weeks away. Woah, time has flown by, right?!

There’s a local popsicle company that sells these popcicle cocktails – poptails, if you will- where they make a drink and finish it off with a homemade popsicle. They are the cutest things and super trendy and, of course, fun.

So today, I am here to make my own version. But instead of worrying about making a fancy cocktail, we’re just gonna use champagne and just make a fancy (yet easy!) popsicle.

Say hello to my Cranberry Champagne Poptail!

The popsicle flavor that we’ll be making is a cranberry cherry pop. Cranberry is one of my favorite flavors this time of year. In addition to the mojitos, I love making this cranberry apple crumble and these chewy cranberry cookies when cranberries are in season. I just can’t get enough of ’em!

These pops are super simple to make. All you do is add the ingredients to the blender and blend for 15-20 seconds until smooth. That’s it! Then you pour into the molds of your choice. I love these metal molds because they’re sleek, use wooden sticks (which I think look better than plastic ones), and are just the right size.

If you haven’t made popsicles, there’s nothing to worry about! Popsicles are so super simple to make and not to mention super fun to make because you can get creative and make them your own.

But in case you need some extra confidence, check out my tips below:

  1. Don’t overfill the popsicle molds. Once the liquid freezes, it expands so it will get everywhere if the molds are too full.
  2. Don’t overblend the mixture. Too much air in the mixture will cause foam to form on the surface, which will freeze that way too. It should only take 15-20 seconds to get everything mixed together so don’t do it any longer than that.
  3. To release the pops from the molds, simply dunk a couple times in warm water. I used a pint glass filled with warm water to help with my molds.

And there you have it – a yummy new drink to enjoy all season long. Don’t forget to make these for New Year’s Eve in a couple weeks!

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Cranberry Champagne Poptail
A homemade cranberry cherry popsicle in served in a glass with champagne. As the popsicle melts, it creates a fun sparkling cocktail suitable for any party this season!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
drinks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cranberry cherry juice
  • 1 cup frozen dark cherries
  • 1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bottle champagne, prosecco, or sparkling wine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
drinks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cranberry cherry juice
  • 1 cup frozen dark cherries
  • 1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bottle champagne, prosecco, or sparkling wine
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients (except champagne) to a blender. Blend until smooth, about 15-20 seconds. Fill your mold with the blended mixture according to your mold's instructions. Freeze until solid, at least 8 hours.
  2. When popsicles are ready for serving, prepare the champagne. Split champagne among 6 stemless wine glasses (or similar glass). Remove popsicle from molds by running mold under a little warm water. Place pop in champagne and serve. Enjoy immediately.
Recipe Notes

Recipe for popsicle adapted from Ocean Spray

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Berry Mimosas

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29 comments

  1. A poptail!?! That’s a fun party idea, I would have never had such a cool idea. I bet guests would make eyes and cranberry flavor is always a crowd pleaser.

  2. What a great idea! I’ve never seen a “poptail” before. (Apparently I live under a rock.) Pinned this to save for a party.

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