Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles {Popsicle Week}

I hope you cleared out some space in your freezer and stocked up on brain anti-freeze (not really a thing, as far as I am aware), because this week is Popsicle Week!

Yes, it’s true. A whole week dedicated to the pursuit of delicious frozen treats on sticks. Why? Because we can.

Spearheaded by the insanely talented and always entertaining Billy of Wit and Vinegar, Popsicle Week 2015 is just about the best thing to happen to the internet so far this summer. With over 60 of your favorite food bloggers creating and posting popsicle recipes, there is going to be a steady stream of cool deliciousness coming right at your face. We might just break the internet.

Afraid you might miss something? Don’t panic. Billy will be uploading links to this page all throughout the week as they go up. So be sure to check there daily. And we’ve also got a dedicated Pinterest board for your viewing and following pleasure. We are super organized. Do you like how I say “we”, even though I’m not doing any of the actual work? And like any good internet takeover, there is a hashtag. It’s #popsicleweek. Make sure you’re on top of it.


These Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles are my contribution to Popsicle Week 2015. They are fun, colorful, boozy AND require only four ingredients. Which is pretty darn great. They taste just like a tequila sunrise cocktail, but with a little kick from the jalapeño-infused tequila. I love adding some spice to frozen treats, because it’s like a surprise for your mouth when you get simultaneous bursts of cold and hot. It instantly makes you want to take a second bite (and then a third, forth and fifth!) to confirm that those opposing sensations are real.

I can’t wait to see what my blogging friends have come up with for Popsicle Week 2015. I’m sure it’s going to be epic! Make sure you remember to check out all the other recipes. Brain freeze be damned!



Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles {Popsicle Week}

Yield: Makes 10-12 popsicles, depending on your mold

Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles {Popsicle Week}


  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1/3 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • About 1/4 cup grenadine syrup


  1. Add the tequila and jalapeño slices to a small re-sealable container or jar (masons jars work great for this). Let the tequila infuse for approximately 24 hours at room temperature. Then strain and collect the tequila into a clean bowl. Discard the jalapeño slices.
  2. Mix the orange juice and infused tequila. Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds so the molds are 3/4 full. Transfer the molds to your freezer for 25 minutes. Then remove the popsicle molds from your freezer and immediately add 1 teaspoon of grenadine syrup to each mold. It should slowly sink to the bottom of the molds. Place the molds back in your freezer and continue to freeze until the popsicles are partially set, about 35-45 minutes, before inserting wooden sticks or dowels. Continue to freeze until completely solid, about 4-5 hours. The popsicles will be slightly softer than regular popsicles, due to the alcohol content (alcohol lowers the freezer point = yeah for science!).
  3. Remove the popsicles from their molds before serving. You can run a little warm water over the molds to help loosen the popsicles from their molds.

73 comments on “Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles {Popsicle Week}”

  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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