First, I have to admit I
stole adapted this idea from a picture I saw of friends on Facebook. While in NYC, they went to the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar and were treated to popsicles in their Prosecco. As soon as I saw those frozen treats nestled in a big glass of sparkling wine, I knew I had to try it myself…and I had just the event to do it.
Our traditional Tour de France parties (check out the post here) often…no, wait, ALWAYS include mimosas, so I thought…hmmm…what about freezing orange juice on a stick and putting it in the sparkling wine and voila…trendy new mimosa. So, of course I had to try it, even using my tiny bicycle stamp from Rad Stamps to bling the stick.
I didn’t really want to purchase anything to make these, figured I could cobble something together with on-hand supplies. Craft sticks are a craft room staple, so I pulled those out. Found a bag of the little bathroom plastic cups, those should work fine, and grabbed my bike stamp and a stamp pad.
First I tested the process by stamping a craft stick, partially filling a cup, and putting it in the freezer. I wanted the juice to partially freeze so I could later put the stick in it and have it stand up straight. I set the timer on my phone knowing full well if I didn’t, I would have rock solid juice before I remembered they were in the freezer. After about 45 minutes, the juice had set up enough to allow the stick to stand straight, so I stuck in the stick and I put it back in the freezer to finish the job.
When I checked it the next day it was almost perfect. Unfortunately the ink I used to stamp the bikes bled a little on the stick and rubbed off on my thumb. No problem, I have a really nice permanent ink pad called Staz-On, so I will use that on the final product. This was exactly why I tested the process before making a batch, I would have been disappointed that the ink bled and might have abandoned the project altogether. But alas, easy to course correct and onward to making a small batch for the party.
The popsicles were a huge hit at the party! I didn’t think they would fit into a champagne flute so I grabbed a bigger glass from my hostess’s cupboard (bigger glass = more sparkling wine for me) and I popped the popsicle in my drink. Perfect. Other friends were more adventurous and attempted to fit the frozen juice in a flute and it fit perfectly! The frozen juice melted slowly enough to both flavor the bubbly and keep it chilled…what a fun drink!
Can’t wait to try it again and change up the type of juice. What juice combinations would you use?