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Lemon-Vodka Cream Pops

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Yields 8 pops.

  • by Genevieve Ko from Fine Cooking
    Issue 100

A splash of citron vodka gives the classic creamsicle a decidedly adult kick.

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  • 3 or 4 medium lemons
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 2 Tbs. citron vodka

Using a vegetable peeler, remove all of the zest from 3 of the lemons in 3- to 4-inch-long strips. Set the lemons aside.

Combine the lemon zest, cream, milk, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Let steep at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Squeeze 2/3 cup juice from the reserved lemons (juice the fourth lemon, if necessary). Stirring constantly, pour the lemon juice into the cream mixture in a slow stream. Stir in the vodka.

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a 4-cup glass measure (or any container with a spout for easy pouring), pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Divide the mixture among eight 3-oz. pop molds or wax-lined paper cups. Freeze until just barely set, 5 to 6 hours. Insert craft sticks and freeze until completely set, about 2 hours more. When ready to serve, unmold or peel off the paper cups.

Make Ahead Tips

The pops can be frozen for up to 3 days.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 180; Fat (g): 12; Fat Calories (kcal): 110; Saturated Fat (g): 7; Protein (g): 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Carbohydrates (g): 17; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 60; Cholesterol (mg): 45; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

These were great and I used regular vodka too and froze them in plastic Popsicle molds. Vodka was a very small amount considering in one drink you probably have more.

Delicious! They were easy to make and a lot of fun to serve. I used regular vodka that I had on hand, and the flavor was great. I will definitely make these again, and will try the citron vodka to see if it makes a difference. Loved this recipe!

It looks and sounds yummy,I wouldn't mind making this a naughty snack with my husband.

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