Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops are a great way for adults to take the heat out of a summer’s day. This easy recipe fills freezer pop bags to make an icy boozy treat!

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Summer’s heat begs for constant relief and hydration.

In my house that means a freezer full of delicious popsicles, with many boozy choices for adults!

Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops are easy to make and a refreshing way to enjoy the classic cocktail!

The frosty pink and orange pops are soothing to the eye and the palate. Easily transportable and perfect for adult parties.

What is a Freezer Pop?

Think Otter Pops.

Freezer Pops are made by freezing liquid in a specially designed bag. It makes a long skinny popsicle that can be pushed up the plastic tube to eat it.

They are easier to transport than regular popsicles since they are sealed.

Ingredients in a Tequila Sunrise

Light and fresh tequila sunrise popsicles are a perfect choice to take the heat out of a summer’s day.

They are an easy 3-ingredient cocktail that transforms into a pretty freezer pop.

A simple combination of:

  • Tequila
  • Orange juice
  • Grenadine
  • a stemless Maraschino Cherry

That’s all that is needed to whip up these freezer pops.

Orange and pink frozen Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops for adults in a silver galvanized bucket of ice BoulderLocavore.com

How to Freeze Alcohol

Technically alcohol does not freeze. However, when a small amount of alcohol is mixed with other liquids, the mixture WILL freeze. The percentage of alcohol is key to success.

Cocktail popsicles don’t freeze as hard as non-alcoholic popsicles, or freeze at all if too much liquor is included.

Even when freezing hard the popsicles melt more quickly due to the alcohol content.

Pro Tip to Freeze Cocktails

When made in freezer pop bags, if the pop melts more quickly no one cares, you can still drink it out of the bag!

Light and fresh tequila sunrise popsicles are a perfect choice to take the heat out of a summer’s day. They are an easy 3-ingredient cocktail that transforms into a pretty freezer pop. A simple combination of tequila, orange juice and grenadine, along with a stemless maraschino cherry, are all that is needed to whip up these ‘poptails’.

Pro Tips for Making Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops

How to Get the Best Orange Flavor

When certain ingredients are frozen their flavors can become dull. All orange juices are not equal in flavor depth. I add Pure Orange Extract to the Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops to keep the orange flavor bright.

Make Them By the Bag or By the Batch

The tequila sunrise freezer pops can be made ‘per pop’ or in a batch.

Ingredient amounts for each are included.

When making a batch, be sure to fully mix all ingredients and stir between pouring into each pop bag to ensure the alcohol is well mixed with the other ingredients for even freezing.

For Best Sunrise Effect

Drizzle the grenadine into each individual freezer pop bag to get the beautiful sunrise coloration.

In a hurry? Mix the grenadine into the other liquids and poured in as a whole. 

NOTE: the color gradient will not be as dramatic mixing all together.

Filling the Freezer Pop Bags

Frozen liquids expand so do not fill them more than the designated fill line.

When the pop is frozen it will expand almost to the closure.

Placing the freezer pop bag in a tall drinking glass stabilizes it for easier filling.

Eating the Tequila Sunrise Freeze Pop

To eat, cut just below the zipper closure.

Frosty orange cocktail Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops with maraschino cherries on a tray of ice BoulderLocavore.com

How to Make Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops – Step by Step

This is the instruction overview for making the Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops per pop.

Batch instruction and detailed printable instructions are in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Add a maraschino cherry to the freezer pop bag.
  • Shake the bag to migrate the cherry to the very bottom.
  • Place the freezer bag in a clean tall drinking glass.
  • Combine the orange juice, tequila and orange extract in a liquid measuring cup; stir.
  • Place a funnel into the top of the freezer pop bag.
  • Slowly pour the liquid into the bag. NOTE: The liquid should reach the ‘fill line’ on the bag but no higher.
  • Pour the grenadine through the funnel into the liquid. It will create a color gradient with redder toward the bottom.
  • Seal and freeze the freezer pop upright in the freezer until fully frozen.  

To eat: cut the top of the freezer pop bag just below the zipper seal and serve.

My Favorite Freezer Pop Bags

These are my favorite freezer pop bags and are available online in packs of 36.

They are essentially a long skinny plastic zipper bag.

Other Supplies Needed:

  • Funnel
  • Drinking Glass (to stablize the bag for filling)
  • Liquid Measuring Cup
  • Jigger

Frosty orange and pink Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops in a galvanized bucket of ice BoulderLocavore.com

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Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops

Homemade boozy pops are a fun way for adults to eat their cocktails!  Making the pops in specially-designed affordable freezer bags can keep them frozen and ready without taking up too much room!

Instructions per freezer pop and for a batch are included to meet your preparation needs.

Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktail freezer pops, tequila sunrise popsicles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 10
Calories 89 kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients per individual freezer pop:

  • 1 Maraschio Cherry stemless
  • 2 3/4 ounces Orange Juice pulp-free
  • 1/2 ounce Blanco or Silver Tequila
  • 1/8 teaspoon Orange Extract I used Nielsen-Massey Pure Orange Extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon Grenadine
  • 1 Freezer Pop bag

Ingredients for a batch of 10 freezer pops:

  • 10 Maraschino Cherries stemless
  • 27 1/2 ounces Orange Juice pulp-free (aproximately 3 1/2 cup but measure precisely)
  • 5 ounces Blanco or Silver Tequila
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Orange Extract Nielsen-Massey Pure Orange Extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Grenadine
  • 10 Freezer Pop bags
  • 2 ounce Angled Measuring Jigger suggested
  • 1 Funnel

Instructions

Instructions for making individual freezer pops (not a batch):

  1. Add the maraschino cherry to the freezer pop bag and shake the bag to migrate the cherry to the very bottom.

  2. Place the freezer bag in a clean tall drinking glass.

  3. In a measuring cup combine the orange juice, tequila and Orange Extract and stir together.

  4. Place a funnel into the top of the freezer pop bag and pour the liquid into the bag. NOTE: The liquid should reach the 'fill line' on the bag but no higher.

  5. Pour the grenadine through the funnel into the liquid. It will create a color gradient with redder toward the bottom.  

  6. Freeze the freezer pop upright in the freezer until fully frozen.

  7. To eat: cut the top of the freezer pop bag just below the zipper seal and serve.

To make a batch of 10 freezer pops:

  1. Follow instruction steps 1 and 2 above.

  2. Mix the full batch of orange juice, tequila and orange extract in a large measuring up or bowl.

  3. Fill the bags in the same method as step 4 above, stirring the mixture between each pouring.

  4. Adding the grenadine: to achieve the color gradient the grenadine should be measured and poured individually per freezer pop. If preferred it may be mixed into the orange juice, tequila, extract in batch step 2 and poured into the freezer pop bags.

  5. Freeze upright until frozen to retain color gradient and prevent seepage.

Nutrition Facts
Tequila Sunrise Freezer Pops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 155mg4%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 38.9mg47%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Originally published: July 6, 2017. This post was originally sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.