If you’re looking for something really FUN and unique to serve at your next get grown-up get together (or to gift to someone that loves a good party), I’ve got just the thing for you!
My friend Jeanne Benedict recently released a book called Cocktail Pops that’s filled with over 50 recipes of spiked ice pops and frozen treats… from her signature Cosmopolitan Pops complete with vodka & triple sec to more dessert-style treats like Soused Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops with Amaretto. You can find the full book on Amazon in paperback or kindle edition.
And if you’re wondering the same thing I did initially, “But I thought alcohol doesn’t freeze?!” – that’s one of the questions addressed in the Tips and Popular FAQs section at the beginning of the book. (I can tell you that the answer starts with: “Untrue!…” ;)
Author Q&A + Kiwi Pomegranate Vodka Pops Recipe
I thought it would be fun to do a little author Q&A with Jeanne today about how Cocktail Pops came to be and some of the recipes inside – from her personal favorites to which recipes scored best with tv hosts like Billy and Kit from Access Hollywood Live. She was kind enough to share some insight AND a full recipe! Read on for her answers + a peek at more of the recipes featured in the book…
HWTM: Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to write Cocktail Pops and what the process was like?
JB: The popularity of my Cocktail Pops on TV talk shows inspired me to write the book. Every time I pitched a Cocktail Pops segment to a talk show, I was booked immediately and national shows get hundreds of pitches a day. I figured it was solid marketing research for projected book sales. But instead of going with a big publisher, like all my other books, I published this book on my own. It has been a fantastic experience and my book should be in stores this summer! The process had a bit of a learning curve, but now I’m so in love with it that I am seriously thinking about becoming a cookbook publisher for my books and others who may have great ideas, but haven’t been able to harness the marketing muscle of TV.
HWTM: Were the recipes easy to come up with or did you have any epic fails?
JB: The recipes were easy to come up with for this book; it was the presentation techniques that kept me up at night! I always have EPIC fails. I made the Cosmopolitan Pop on the front of the book 20 times, because I was not happy with how the garnish looked. Then, I came up with this easy “windowpane” technique, that I’ve shared on a bunch of talk shows, for creating consistently beautiful pops and flipped all the fails into success!
HWTM: What are your personal top 3 favorite recipes and why?
JB: I love the Peanut Butter Fudge Chunk Banana Push Pops for their taste and texture due to the caramelized bananas and sweetened condensed milk. I like the Bubblegum Vodka Word Pops for their taste, simplicity, and kitsch value. And, I’m crazy about the Father’s Day Whiskey Sour Pops. I think the modern translation from classic cocktail to pop with a cherry on top was ideal. Plus, it reminds me of my dad who I adore and was a great source of creative inspiration for me.
HWTM: Which recipe would you recommend for someone trying their hand at cocktail pops for the very first time?
JB: Kiwi Pomegranate Vodka Pops! They’re a gorgeous, delicious pop and perfect for the holidays with the red and green color combo. Here’s the recipe: