Boozy Popsicles with Edible Lilac Flowers

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Learn how to make “I’m all grown up” boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It’s perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and a fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early!

Beautiful boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers. Learn how to make "I'm all grown up" boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It's perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and a fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early! You can also use pretty spoons in place of a traditional wooden popsicle stick to make your boozy popsicles the perfect addition to your spring wedding or event.

A Traditional Summer Treat

I still have fond memories of my parents giving me change to buy ice cream throughout summers as a child. Every year the ice cream truck would circle through our cul-de-sac to deliver treats to a neighborhood full of kids. I think my favorites were the chocolate Good Humor ice cream bars and, of course, bomb pops. These days, however, ice cream truck sightings are rare. They’re also the talk of the town. Just not for the reason you may think.

The only ice cream truck we ever see circling the block plays Christmas music. As if that wasn’t bizarre enough, the combination of Christmas tunes in the summer paired with the distortion from a pair of way back speakers sounds pretty f-ing creepy. I swear it reminds me of that movie, Killer Clown from Outer Space. It has that same eerie level of creep factor that’s both amusing and terrifying at the same time.

There are also no bright pictures or prices for ice cream painted onto the sides of this particular truck. Therefore, my friends and I always wonder what that ice cream truck is really a front for. We’ve never actually seen anyone buy ice cream from this truck. So for all we know the person inside could be selling drugs. Or perhaps it’s a secret gateway to hell.  (I mean hey, I did grow up in the 80’s. Anything is possible!) I’ve also wondered if other towns and cities like mine have experienced the same sort of killer clown ice cream truck phenomenon.

Luckily, all of the other food trucks in our area seem to legit. It’s just that one ice cream trucks that creeps me out more than the massage parlors dotted throughout our strip malls. Those, at least, aren’t emitting eery music or maneuvering  through our neighborhoods.

These days I’m obviously no longer dependant on quarters and dimes from my parents to get my ice cream fix. However, seeing as how I’m all grown up – in number not in heart – I enjoy making my own homemade popsicles from time to time. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with your own boozy popsicles speckled with edible flowers?

Beautiful boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers. Learn how to make "I'm all grown up" boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It's perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and a fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early! You can also use pretty spoons in place of a traditional wooden popsicle stick to make your boozy popsicles the perfect addition to your spring wedding or event.

Benefits of Edible Lilac Flowers

One of my favorite spring flowers are lilacs. Lilac shrubs, which typically bloom in late spring, offer more than just their beautiful blooms. This flowering shrub yields a plethora of fragrant blooms that are not only pretty to look at, they are also edible and medicinal. A beautiful touch to garnish drinks for a spring brunch, lilac blooms offer a slightly bitter, floral flavor. (Much like some of my favorite cocktails. I am after all, a gin and tonic girl with an undying love for elderflowers and juniper berries.)

Medicinally, lilacs make a lovely ingredient in facial toners due to their astringent properties. (Next time you’re thinking of making rose water, why not try lilacs instead?) A warm or cold lilac infusion also makes a nice compress for rashes, cuts and other skin ailments due to its natural astringency. As a home remedy, lilacs have often been used to bring down fevers as well as to help with gastric issues such as gas, bloating and constipation.

Beautiful boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers. Learn how to make "I'm all grown up" boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It's perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and a fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early! You can also use pretty spoons in place of a traditional wooden popsicle stick to make your boozy popsicles the perfect addition to your spring wedding or event.

Boozy Popsicles: A Twist on a Summer Treat (A Season Early)

Following is a simple and easy recipe for making boozy popsicles with gin and tonic. And of course a few (or a lot!) of fresh lilac flowers thrown into the mix. Not a fan of gin? Try swapping it with your favorite organic vodka instead!

Gin and Tonic Boozy Popsicles Recipe

Ingredients:

3 cups Fever Tree tonic water
1 1/2 oz. Botanica gin (or similar)
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
Fresh lilac blossoms, to suit

Directions:

Combine all the ingredient in a small pitcher and mix to combine. Then pour the mixture into popsicles molds of your choice. Pop into the freezer, then enjoy once frozen!

For slightly sweeter boozy popsicles, try using sugared lilac blossoms instead! Or try the Fever Tree elderflower tonic water in place of regular tonic water.

You can also use pretty spoons in place of a traditional wooden popsicle stick to make your boozy popsicles the perfect addition to your spring wedding or event.

Boozy popsicles recipes for gin and tonic popsicles. Learn how to make boozy popsicles with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It's perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early!

Not a fan of flowers? You can also make this recipe using fresh lime slices for a fun visual twist.

More Ways to Enjoy Edible Flowers

Want more ideas on edible flowers to add to your boozy popsicles, drinks and desserts? Then be sure to check out the book, The Art of Edible Flowers, by Rebecca Sullivan. This floral inspired cookbook is a wonderful guide to just some of many ways in which flowers can be used in a range of delicious recipes. Readers will discover recipes for delightfully sweet concoctions such as a rose & lavender cocktail syrup and jasmine & green tea ice cream. Or learn how to make homemade drinks such as a fermented elderflower fizz or a soothing poppy milk. You can purchase The Art of Edible Flowers here.

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Explore Other Cocktail Recipes

Following are some of my favorite cocktail recipes that are perfect for entertaining or simply enjoying a drink on a warm evening.

Or check out this post to learn how to make your own handcrafted cocktail bitters.

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Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe with Healthy Probiotics

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This limoncello & violette spritzer recipe is the perfect cocktail for your spring brunch! Not only does it blend bright spring flavors into a refreshing drink, it also contains the same natural probiotics that you find in raw apple cider vinegar.

Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe for Spring Brunch! This limoncello & violette spritzer recipe is the perfect cocktail for your spring brunch! Not only does it blend bright spring flavors into a refreshing drink, it also contains the same natural, healthy probiotics that you find in raw apple cider vinegar. #spring #brunch #cocktail #spritzer #entertaining #recipe

Truth be told, this cocktail recipe came out of my desire to find a way to use up the leftover Liqueur de Violette from a long ago party and limoncello. So I took a peek at similar cocktail recipes that were already out there and gave them my own twist with two of my favorite cocktail ingredients – vodka and drinking vinegar.

While I’m a huge fan of Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar, I chose to use Vermont Village Sipping Vinegar for my Limoncello & Violette Spritzer recipe instead. Not only is Vermont Village Sipping Vinegar available in smaller quantities (and at a better price point when purchasing from Thrive Market which is how I save on natural and organic products) but they are also sugar free.

I chose to use their blueberry & honey sipping vinegar which simply contains blueberry, honey and raw apple cider vinegar. This is also the one and only EVER sipping vinegar that my roommate will drink.

While she agrees with me that this sipping vinegar is quite delicious, especially in the craft cocktails I make up in our kitchen, she will still only drink it while holding her breath so as not to smell the vinegar. With that said, I’m quite sure half of you are nodding your heads in agreement and the other half are laughing your tooshies off.

Either way, if you’d like to give my Limoncello  & Violette Spritzer a try, here’s how to make it…

Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe for Spring Brunch! This limoncello & violette spritzer recipe is the perfect cocktail for your spring brunch! Not only does it blend bright spring flavors into a refreshing drink, it also contains the same natural probiotics that you find in raw apple cider vinegar. #spring #brunch #cocktail #spritzer #entertaining #recipe

Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka
.5 oz. limoncello
.5 oz. liqueur de violette
2 oz. prosecco
1 oz. Vermont Village Blueberry & Honey Sipping Vinegar
1.5 oz. club soda

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and stir. Then pour over ice into a cocktail glass and enjoy! (I’m currently crushing on these Luminarc® 9oz Lowball Glasses available at Target.)

Learn how to make homemade cocktail bitters with bitter recipes for both orange bitters and peach bitters plus free printable labels!

More Cocktail Recipes to Try

If you like my Limoncello & Violette Spritzer Recipe, then you may also enjoy some of these other cocktail recipes.

You can also check out my Cocktail Recipes Pinterest Board. Or learn how to make your own homemade cocktail bitters. (It’s a lot easier than you might think!)

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Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe + My Weekly Wrap Up!

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This weekend I wanted to share my new apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe! It’s a refreshing and light cocktail that can be made with either vodka or gin. Plus it’s a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe! This apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe can be made with either vodka or gin. And it's a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics!

I know not everyone particularly enjoys the taste of apple cider vinegar, but it’s surprisingly easy to hide. Just to be sure, however, I had my friend Cathy also give my apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe a whirl and she enjoyed it as much as I do!

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka or gin
.5 oz. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
.5 oz. simple syrup
3 oz. club soda
several dashes Wigle Organic Rosemary Lavender Cocktail Bitters

Notes:

I use Bragg’s raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar specifically for this recipe as it contains the “mother.” The “mother” is what offers all that probiotic goodness. Not only is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar rich in potassium, but it also helps to support a healthy immune system.

I’ve been buying my Bragg’s apple cider vinegar from Thrive Market as they have such great prices on natural and organic foods – plus freebies a few times a month with a $49 purchase! But you can also find Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in the organic section of your local grocery store.

Vinegar has historically been used in cocktails and in recent years has been making quite the comeback in handcrafted artisan cocktails. Typically called drinking vinegar or shrubs, these vinegars come in a variety of amazing flavors with the simple syrup already added. They are incredibly delicious both in cocktail recipes as well as when mixed with regular filtered water or club soda.

You can learn more about shrubs from the book, Shrubs: An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times, by Michael Dietsch. This book is available in both hardcover and for kindle. (If you don’t own a kindle you can still purchase and read the kindle version with Amazon’s free kindle reading app.)

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe! This apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe can be made with either vodka or gin. And it's a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics!

Instructions:

To make my apple cider vinegar cocktail simple measure out and combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice and stir to combine. If desired, you can garnish your drink with a twist of lime or rosemary or even muddle a bit of lavender to add to the mix. Then simply sip and enjoy!

(If you like my apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe, then you may also like my cocktail recipe for Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch!)

As usual I’ve also been working on quite a few new projects this week. While some of them make the cut, not all of them always do. While it can be frustrating, I always learn something new from my DIY fails and sometimes I simply discover something unexpected.

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One interesting discovery I made this week is that bath bombs made using a mini bundt cake silicone mold will travel in your bath water (as illustrated by my instagram video above.)

The Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that orders Prime members a surprise box of delicious treats from small-batch artisans anytime you want, at just the press of a button.

Also this week I finally made it off the waitlist for Amazon’s Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button! Being a fan of ipsy as well as a few other monthly beauty programs, I REALLY wanted to try this. The Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that orders Prime members a surprise box of delicious treats from small-batch artisans anytime you want, at just the press of a button. It’s my first ever dash button and I’m actually excited about this one. (I mean it’s perfect for those once a month cravings for sweets during a hormone surge, right?!)

You can purchase the Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button here. (Or alternately, if it’s not available, you can get on the waitlist. I was approved after about a week.) Like other dash buttons, you’ll pay $4.99 up front which is then credited back to your first order. (Not an Amazon Prime member? You can sign up for a 30-day free trial here.)

Pineapple Rose Shea + Clay Artisan Soap Loaf by Skin Kitchn

I also fell in love with a new Etsy shop I discovered this week called Skin Kitchn. This Sacramento, California small business is run by Dori Nicole who creates lovingly crafted artisan soaps for sensitive skin. You can buy artisan soaps by the loaf or by the bar.

Pictured is Dori’s wildly popular Pineapple Rose Shea + Clay Artisan Soap Loaf made with shea butter and sweet almond oil. It’s lightly scented with a tropical mix of pineapple and papaya with Rose Clay added for color. You can check out the full line of Skin Kitchn products on Etsy here. You can discover more artisan products to fall in love with by visiting my Etsy favorites here.

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Lemon Ginger Spritzer Cocktail Recipe

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This lemon ginger spritzer cocktail recipe requires just three ingredients for the perfect summer drink!

This lemon ginger spritzer cocktail recipe requires just three ingredients for the perfect summer drink!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I came up with this simple, yet delightful lemon ginger spritzer this past week and loved it so much I wanted to share it! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

It’s super simple to make and requires just three ingredients. It contains a drinking vinegar, also known as shrubs, limoncello and soda water. The bourbon cherry is optional, but oh so divine.

This lemon ginger spritzer cocktail recipe requires just three ingredients for the perfect summer drink!

I used Pok Pok Som Ginger Drinking Vinegar for my lemon ginger spritzer cocktail recipe. I’ve tried five of these drinking vinegars so far and they are all delicious. You don’t have to add alcohol to these though. You can simply add 1 part drinking vinegar to 4 parts water or soda water and they are just as delicious! I think my very very favorite is the Thai Basil though.

Anyhow, here’s the quick and easy recipe! I hope you love it! And if you try it please tell me what you think!

This lemon ginger spritzer cocktail recipe requires just three ingredients for the perfect summer drink!

Lemon Ginger Spritzer Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. Pok Pok Som Ginger Drinking Vinegar
1 oz. Don Ciccio & Figli Limoncello
3 oz. club soda

Directions:

Measure out and combine all ingredients. Stir. Pour into a glass with ice.

This lemon ginger spritzer cocktail recipe requires just three ingredients for the perfect summer drink!

Top with a bourbon cherry if desired. (I used Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Bourbon Cocktail Cherries which are quite the divine indulgence.) Enjoy!

If you’d like to learn more about shrubs, be sure to check out the book, Shrubs by Michael Dietsch.

For more cocktail inspired recipes be sure to check out my recipes for making homemade cocktail bitters as well as my recipe for making a Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch. You can also follow my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board for more cocktail recipes and cocktail related pins.

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Party Pleasers: Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe & Black Bean Dip

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Learn how to host a fun party for adults with this collection of party pleasers and recipe ideas. You’ll love my original peach tea rum punch recipe for a crowd. This recipe for party punch with alcohol is perfect for entertaining this summer and it tastes amazing. Plus discover my crowd favorite black bean dip recipe along with creative ways to style your next gathering including ideas for drink stations and a BBQ sauce bar.

Party Pleasers: A light Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe favorite and a crowd pleasing Black Bean Dip Recipe!

Over the weekend I hosted an amazing, super fun cocktail & cookout party filled with (now) proven party pleasers. I went all out for this party and included a selfie spot with props – this was not a thing twenty years ago – and in addition to make your own cocktail stations, I also included two pre-made spiked punches.

You must try this delicious Black Bean Dip Recipe for your next party! It's so simple to make. Just mix it all together the night before, refrigerate overnight and serve the next day!

There was also smoked pork butt, brisket and lamb along with grilled veggies and homemade dessert selections. I also made my fantastic black bean dip for pre-dinner snacking.

Cocktail & Cookout Party Pleasers! Drink stations, BBQ sauce bars and party pleasing black bean dip appetizer and Rooibos peach tea rum punch! Click through for the recipes to make your own!

For the smoked meats we offered a BBQ sauce bar with four sauce and a crazy hot pepper vinegar. I also set out pink Himalayan salt in a dish and black peppercorns for extra seasoning.

Cocktail & Cookout Party Pleasers! Drink stations, BBQ sauce bars and party pleasing black bean dip appetizer and Rooibos peach tea rum punch! Click through for the recipes to make your own!

I purchased my alcohol for this party from Mouth.com as they offered cocktail kits with recipes. This made the entire process of planning the cocktail menu a lot easier.

Their Au Pear Cocktail Kit was a huge hit. Made with Square One Botanical Vodka and George Spiced Pear Liqueur, this was also the most complex cocktail recipe. Fortunately we had someone dive right in with this one from the start so no one was intimidated by the process.

Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe! This spiked punch cocktail recipe is a real party pleaser and is made with a combination of light and dark rum as well as Adagio's Rooibos Peach Tea! It tastes exactly like peach tea!

My own Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe was also a party pleaser. Made with a combination of light and dark rum as well as Adagio’s Rooibos Peach Tea, this rum punch recipe for a crowd offered lighter alcohol content and tasted exactly like summer peach tea!

(Keep reading to learn how to make my original Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe further down as well as my black bean dip recipe!)

Party Pleasers: Fun face coasters and a self spot plus a light Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe and a crowd pleasing Black Bean Dip Recipe!

The Paladone Face Coasters I’d purchased some time back were another of many party pleasers.

Party Pleasers: Fun face coasters and a self spot plus a light Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe and a crowd pleasing Black Bean Dip Recipe!

We had the most fun with these coasters and everyone loved them.

These crazy fun Realistic Fun Mouth Photo Stick Props are a sure party pleaser for selfie spots at your event!

We also had a blast playing with the mouth photo sticks I found and bought from Oriental Trading.

Party selfie prop ideas! This battle ax was the most fun for memorable party photographs!

It didn’t end there though. In addition to a blow up selfie frame, we also had a battle ax which turned out to be brilliant for creating memorable photos.

And of course everyone went home with fun party favor bags filled with handmade donut soaps, handmade solid donut salt scrubs, illustrated temporary tattoos and artisan lollipops.

Recipes for Party Pleasers

So, are you ready to make your own party pleasers? Learn how to make my black bean dip recipe and Rooibos peach tea rum punch recipe below.

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Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

64 oz. water
4 Tablespoons Adagio Rooibos Peach Tea
1 1/2 Cups light (clear) rum
1/2 Cup dark or special rum
1/2 Cup simple syrup
2-3 ripe peaches

Directions:

To make this Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe you’ll first need to wash and dry the peaches. Once clean, cut the peaches in half and remove the seed. Then cut the peaches into wedges. Place the peaches in a large heat safe pot or container. (I used a large 8 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup as it has a spout.)

Then fill 1-2 paper tea filters with 4 Tablespoons of tea. (You can put all 4 Tbs into one tea bag or split it into two tea bags as desired.) Place the tea bags into the container with the peaches.

In a large container or an electric kettle, bring half the amount of water needed to a boil.

Once the water boils, remove from heat and pour over the tea bags and peaches.

Steep the tea for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags from the container, squeezing them to remove the excess tea from the bags.

Measure out the simple syrup and stir into the hot tea.

Now measure out and the rums and the remaining water and combine in a separate gallon sized container.

Pour the hot tea into the rum/water mixture and mix well.

Cover and refrigerate until use.

You can remove the softened peaches if desired for another dish or leave them in the tea for visual interest.

To drink, simply pour the Rooibos peach tea rum punch over ice and enjoy.

You must try this delicious Black Bean Dip Recipe for your next party! It's so simple to make. Just mix it all together the night before, refrigerate overnight and serve the next day!

Party Pleasing Black Bean Dip Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2 cans Bush’s black beans, drained
1 can shoepeg corn
1 cup Pace Chunky Mild Salsa
1 red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
2 bags of Tostitos Scoops or tortilla chips

Directions:

Drain the cans of black beans and corn. Combine the beans and corn in a large container with washed/dried/chopped peppers and onions, salsa, lemon juice, olive oil and spices. Mix well, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remix the black bean dip before serving, then serve with tortilla chips.

I hope these recipes and ideas help to inspire your next party or event – even if it’s not soap! Also, be sure to let me know what some of your proven party pleasers are in the comments. And, for more party ideas, be sure to follow my Party Ideas Pinterest board.

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