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Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

This post was originally published here July 13, 2015. I’ve since updated the photographs and text. I hope you give these “grown-up” popsicles a try!

I can’t think of a better way to kick-off Summer than with these Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles!

This is a recipe from way back in the blog archives. It might have even been the first popsicle recipe here on Floating Kitchen. I remember how excited I was at the time to finally get the “good/cool” popsicle mold that all the other food bloggers were using. Silly me.

For many years, this was one of my most popular recipes. But unfortunately, I neglected it. Which caused it to tumble down into the dark abyss of internet. Never to be seen or heard from again. But today, I’m giving it a refresh in hopes of returning it to its original glory. And I hope you’ll join me in making (and eating!) these Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles all Summer long!

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These Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles are so darn easy. You only need three ingredients (with an optional fourth ingredient). And all the real “work” is done by your freezer. Easy, breezy, beautiful!

A classic tequila sunrise cocktail contains tequila, orange juice and grenadine syrup. And you can absolutely make these popsicles with just those three simple ingredients. But I like to spice them up a bit by infusing the tequila with some jalapeño pepper. I love how the little bit of heat from the jalapeño pepper contrasts with the cool, icy popsicles. It makes these popsicles just a bit more interesting and intriguing. But this step does require an extra day of planning (it’s best to infuse the tequila for 12-24 hours). So if that’s an issue (or if you simply don’t enjoy spicy food and drink), just skip that step entirely and use regular tequila. It’s all good!

Happy Summer (almost!)!



Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

At a Glance:
Yield: Makes 10-12 popsicles, depending on your mold
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 days
Total Time: 1 days 5 minutes


  • 1/3 cup tequila (I used blanco tequila)
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced jalapeño pepper
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • About 1/4 cup grenadine


  1. Add the tequila and jalapeño pepper slices to a small re-sealable jar. Let sit for 12-24 hours at room temperature.
  2. Measure out the orange juice in a large measuring cup. Strain the infused tequila directly into the measuring cup with the orange juice, collecting and discarding the solids. Stir to combine. Then pour the mixture into your popsicle molds, filling them about three-quarters of the way full. Place the molds to your freezer for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Remove the popsicle molds from your freezer and gently add 1 teaspoon of grenadine to each mold. The grenadine should slowly sink to the bottom of the molds. Insert popsicle sticks and place the molds back in your freezer until the popsicles are completely firm, about 6-8 hours.
  4. To easily remove the popsicles from their molds, run a little warm water over the outside of the molds to help loosen/release them. These popsicles will be a bit softer, due to the alcohol.

73 comments on “Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles”

  1. Popsicle week sounds pretty good to me! I love the flavors in these babies, especially with the jalapeno and tequila! Yum!

  2. These look fab! Thanks!

  3. Popsicle weeks is my idea of frozen heaven! I love them and want them ALL.
    Starting off Monday with tequila is the best idea ever. I knew i liked you for a reason 😉 Pinned!

  4. These are gorgeous popsicles and I love the spicy jalapeno addition 🙂

  5. My freezer is packed!! But I’m going now… well in a few minutes, to make room for all things popsicle! I just emptied my mold and it’s ready to go. Now I’ll finish off the rest of that ice cream that taking up too much space to make wayyyy!!! These are gorgeous and delicious, Liz, and you know I LOOOOVE that jalapeño pepper infusion!

  6. Wow Liz, you are bringin’ it for Popsicle week with these beauties! LOVE the spicy jalapeno and those colors!!

  7. DAMN!! These are gorgeous, LIZ!! I’ll take 27!

  8. Oh myyyy goodness! I have a boozy pop coming tomorrow so let’s be boozy pop friends forever and ever, right?

  9. I love popsicle week! I mean aside from the obvious (popsicles rule), I love seeing all the creative spins on the classic. These popsicles are gorgeous, and I’m sure they taste amazing!

  10. Popsicle week sounds like so much fun! And I love the hot/cold thing. These pops are awesome!

  11. Yeah, to Popsicle week! These are a favorite in my home. I’m going to have to remind Matt to make this for the weekend 😉

  12. These look great, Liz. Popsicle week is my kind of week!

  13. These popsicles are nothing short of genius, Liz! The colors of these are FANTABULOUS!!

  14. So fun! Love the jalapeno kick and yayyyy to popsicle week! 🙂

  15. A boozy popsicle?!!! You little genius, you. Killing the dessert and the cocktail birds with one stone is a pretty genius form of efficiency (and deliciousness) if you ask me! Loving this idea of popsicle week! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

    • Oh yeah, I’m very efficient! Just wait until you see how efficient I become after I’ve had like 6 boozy poptails! HA!

  16. I have never seen a more beautiful popsicle! LOVE!


  18. Liz! I cannot even with these popsicles! Aside from being gorgeous, I love that you added a spicy twist to a tequila sunrise. Also I am about to pin so many popsicle recipes, haha. Love these!

    • Yeah, my Pinterest feed is only going to be popsicles for the next week I think! So many gorgeous and creative ones out there!

  19. Hooray for Popsicle Week!!!! and the thinly sliced jalapeño pepper is brilliant!!!!

  20. These are so gorgeous! I want to turn them into wallpaper. but I also want to eat them. Life is really hard sometimes, you know?!? YAY for popsicle week!!

  21. These are beautiful, Liz! And you are definitely the popsicle queen! I love all your creative boozy popsicles that you come up with! I think I’m gonna have to get on the boozy popsicle train soon 🙂 Happy popsicle week!

    • I’ll take that accolade! Is there a sash and crown that goes with my boozy popsicle queen status?

  22. Yay for popsicle week! These are so much fun! Love the pretty colors!

  23. I need these popsicles. The flavors and colors are amazing!

  24. Brain freeze be damned! Ha! I love it. So we need to start a list of what we’re going to have on our date. Let’s include these 🙂

  25. These are incredibly gorgeous. You’ve captured all the beauty of a fiery summer sunset in a (frozen) popsicle! (And a great big YES to boozy popsicles – after all, summer won’t last forever.)

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  27. I may or may not be a huge fan of tequila, but I’m a fan of these awesome popsicles! I mean, count me in:) Nicely done!

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  29. I first saw these floating around pinterest and was so taken by their beauty… the colours are amazing… and the infused tequila doesn’t hurt either 🙂

  30. Just recently heard your podcast episode on The Dinner Special, and now I’ve stumbled on your pretty popsicles for Popsicle Week! 🙂 So nice to find your blog!

  31. Ummmmm, these are litterally the prettiest popsicles I have ever seen! These pictures should be in an art museum! And love that you put some booze in there. Now I can get my dessert on AND my booze on, haha!

  32. These are so pretty! Seriously they are beautiful and I bet they just taste incredible!

  33. These popsicles are so beautiful!! They look just like a Hawaiian sunrise 🙂 I also LOVE the addition of jalapeno – mixing spicy and sweet is one of my favorite things to do with foods 🙂

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  35. Liz! haha “brain anti-freeze”! I’m pretty sure that’s called alcohol. So with your tequila sunrise popsicles, we get the best of both worlds. No brain freeze and all the deliciousness and coolness that comes with frozen good things.

    Happy Popsicle Week!

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  38. Hi, I am a tequila junkie who is always looking for new ways to use tequila. This recipe is awesome and I can not wait for the Michigan weather to warm up to give them a try. I love tequila so much, I’ve made trips to Mexico just to bring back brands not sold in the USA.

    Keep up the good work you do, I really enjoy it.

  39. Looks like Too Faced CEO Jerrod Blandino liked your popsicle, so they might make a pallet or something from the look of this!

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