Cinco de Derby or Summer Fiesta Sweet Tea Julep + Margarita Pops!

Happy Cinco de Mayo or Derby de Mayo, or as today is also the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Church Hill Downs!

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Sweet Tea Julep or Margarita Pops are a festive way to cool down and enjoy a frozen cocktail to kick off your summer fiesta, Cinco de Mayo or Run for the Roses celebration. You can make these easy pops in an advance and in keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

A Sweet Tea Julep is a marriage of two classic Southern drinks, the mint julep and sweet tea. Enjoy it as a boozy frozen popsicle!

Sweet Tea Julep Pops, adapted from Southern Living

Ingredients

Makes (12) 3 oz. or (9) 4 oz. pops

Ingredients

2 cups water

2 family size tea bags

1 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves

1 cup cold water

1/2 cup bourbon

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

 (3 or 4 oz.) paper cups (I used 4 oz.)

lemon slices, 1 per cup

wooden ice-cream spoons or Popsicle sticks

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Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan or microwave. Add tea bags, and stir in 1 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves. Cover and steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup cold water, bourbon and lemon juice. Pour mixture into paper cups. Freeze 1 hour.

Make a small slit in a lemon slice to hold spoon in place. Add spoon with lemon slice to partially frozen mixture, return to freezer for another 7 hours or overnight until firm. Serve immediately after removing from freezer. (The alcohol will prevent a hard freeze so mixture will melt quickly.) Mixture will soften to remove pop from cup within 5 – 10 minutes, depending on room temperature or tear off paper cup and serve pops on ice if desired.

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Margarita Pops, adapted from Emeril Lagasse

Makes  (6) 3oz cups or about (4) 4oz

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Zest of 1 lime

4 tablespoons tequila

2 tablespoons orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)

Lime slices, 1 per pop

 wooden ice-cream spoons or popsicle sticks

3 oz. or 4 oz. paper cups

Directions

Combine sugar, lime juice, water, lemon juice and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and lime zest. Pour mixture into the cups. Freeze pops 1 hour.

Make a small slit in a lime slice to hold spoon in place. Add spoon with lime slice to partially frozen mixture, return to freezer for another 7 hours or overnight until firm. Serve immediately after removing from freezer. The alcohol will prevent a hard freeze so mixture will melt quickly. Mixture will soften to remove pop from cup within 5 – 10 minutes, depending on room temperature or tear off paper cup and serve pops on ice if desired.

Printable Recipes

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I found Rainbow Chevron Scalloped Cups (24 for $3.99) and Mini Rainbow Wooden Spoons (12 for $1.99) at Party City for a festive way to serve these pops! The cups hold 4 oz. or are a fun way to serve other party treats or you can bake in them and are available in other colors. I photographed these pops out of the cups in an aluminum bowl that I put in the freezer to chill before adding ice. They melt pretty fast with the alcohol preventing a hard freeze so serving these pops in the cups is a better way to go as it contains the drips and you can use your spoon to eat the slushy mixture or slurp up every last drop!

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Cheers and Happy Cinco de Derby!

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  22 comments for “Cinco de Derby or Summer Fiesta Sweet Tea Julep + Margarita Pops!

  1. Karen
    May 5, 2018 at 7:43 am

    They look so pretty and sound delicious! Thank you for always posting such great ideas!

  2. Granny Gay:)
    May 5, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Yum.m.m….it’s going to be a rather warm day here, and this looks as if they would be so refreshing! Thanks…and may the Best Horse Win!

  3. Cyndi Raines
    May 5, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Those cups are too cute! A Party City store has recently opened in our area, I have yet to check it out, now I have an excuse, lol. Thanks Mary.

  4. May 5, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Wonderful idea and very colorful!! Happy Derby Day to you!! 🍹🍹🍹🍹

  5. Virginia
    May 5, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Great suggestions for combining two special days. Your display is so festive and the recipes sound just delicious. Enjoy your day, it’s beautiful here hope your is as well.

  6. May 5, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Cinco de Derby, very funny and great recipes! Thank you!

  7. Jo
    May 5, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Love this fun & festive way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo & derby day! Great ideas!

  8. May 5, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    What a fun idea for a summer soiree or Cinco de Mayo! Thanks so much for sharing your source for those cute cups and spoons!

  9. anne
    May 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Oh, so fun and festive! They sound delicious. Love the cups and spoons and your placemats are gorgeous!
    Happy Cinco de derby!!

  10. May 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Happy Cinco de Derby! ADORABLE Pops!

  11. May 5, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Wish I had seen these earlier today! All I had was a beer while watching the derby!

  12. May 6, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Oh Mary…I love these! Thanks for sharing, I’ll be looking for those cute spoons at cups at Party City!

  13. Catherine LUXEREAU
    May 6, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Bonjour Mary, Hum….ça a l’air délicieux tout ça !!!!! J’arrive !!!!!! ;-)

    Bon dimanche ensoleillé !

    • May 6, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Merci Catherine! Bon dimanche!

  14. Brenda
    May 6, 2018 at 9:22 am

    You are so doggone clever!

  15. May 6, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Mary, Your creativity amazes me! Who doesn’t like a cocktail on a stick?!! Pinning :)

  16. May 7, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Very fun indeed Mary! The race was fun even though it was so rainy:@)

  17. May 7, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Too cute Mary, and what a fun idea for a summer party!!
    Jenna

  18. Dorinda Selke
    May 8, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Yum and Olé

    Hugs, Dorinda

  19. May 8, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Mary, I can only imagine the excitement your friends must feel anticipating the clever goodies they will find at your house! These pops are so cute! I wondered about how well they would freeze with the alcohol but I see that the spoons solve all those issues. I will definitely be adding the margarita recipe to our summer parties! Your Derby table with the Lauren dishes is still one of my favorite of all time. Olé! Linda

  20. May 9, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    I had to look at my watch to see it’s the 11th, I totally missed cinco de mayo! I can’t even blame it on your tequila… frosty fun girl!

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