3popspopsicle week textI’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, useful links, and DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why you NEED these in your life this summer. I’m dedicating each day this week to a different kind of popsicle, and today it’s poptails!  Sort of a silly name for such a transcendent idea, but if you’re over 21, you’ll want to keep reading…And don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to be automatically entered to win a different giveaway every day! (details below)

Papaya Breeze Poptails | The View from Great Island

If you’ve never thought of popsicles an an adult indulgence, you’ve got some catching up to do.  On a sweltering evening, a cocktail on a stick can be the best way to kick back with friends.  You can pattern your poptail after a classic cocktail, or forge new territory by artfully spiking almost any popsicle recipe.  One thing to remember — It’s a sad  fact that alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water, so a true frozen cocktail is impossible to achieve.  But you can add about 20-25% alcohol to a popsicle recipe with good results.  Alternatively you can use a lower alcohol content beverage like wine.   These Papaya poptails are  proof that popsicles can be deliciously frosty,  elegant…and alcoholic.  Nice to know.

Papaya Beeze Poptail | The View from Great Island 2

This cross between a popsicle and a cocktail is made with equal parts papaya and rosé wine.  The marriage results in a not too sweet, not too overpowering  frozen treat worthy of the most enchanting summer evening.  I loved this one, and I think it would be so perfect for an elegant party.  The texture was perfect, and the wine flavor came through nice and strong.

Cutting papaya

Popsicles are a great way to enjoy unusual fruits, fruits that you’ve seen at the market but don’t buy because you don’t have a clue what to do with them.  Tropical fruits like papaya have a mellow, exotic flavor and creamy texture.  They puree to a super smooth texture, and freeze beautifully.

Popsicle mold | The Papaya Breeze Poptail

The Papaya Breeze Poptail

Yield: makes 10 popsicles


  • 1 medium, ripe papaya
  • rose wine, or white wine of your choice


  1. Peel the papaya, and cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out all the seeds, and any stringy pith, with a spoon. Give it a rough chop.
  2. Puree the fruit in a blender or food processor.
  3. Mix about 1 1/2 cups puree with an equal amount of rose. Stir well to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into your popsicle mold. Cover the top of the mold with foil, Flattening out the top with your hands so you can see the outline of each mold. Insert a popsicle stick into the center of each mold. Freeze until solid, 4 -5 hours, or overnight.
  5. To un-mold the pops, fill your sink with hot tap water. Immerse the mold up to by not past the top rim. Hold for 15 seconds, then remove from the water and slip the popsicles out. If they don't budge, immerse the mold for another 15 seconds.


  If you are using hard alcohol, keep your alcohol content to 20% of your total liquid in your poptail recipe.  Use darker rums, liqueurs, and flavored vodkas in poptails for the best flavor payoff.  With wine, you can go as high as 50%.


 Be sure to keep poptails out of reach of children.



Papaya Breeze Poptail | The View from Great Island 3

I like to serve poptails in some kind of glass.  It reinforces the cocktail theme, and it gives people a place to set their poptail down if they want to take it slow.

Papaya Breeze Poptail | The View from Great Island 7


LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and I’ll automatically enter you to win a copy of POPTAILS, 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick.  This book will keep you busy all summer with recipes from the classic Moscow Mule to The Drunken Banana and The Shirley Temple Tantrum.


(I’ll announce all the daily giveaway winners at the end of the week)

Papaya Breeze Poptails on ice | The View from Great Island


For tons more popsicle inspiration, follow my POPSICLE  PINTEREST BOARD

And here are a few of my favorite alcoholic  popsicles from other blogs (if I missed your favorite, link it up in the comments!) —

Mint Julep Pops from Honesty YUM

Costa Rican Watermelon Mojito Popsicles from The Boulder Locavore

Pimm’s Cup Popsicles from Shutterbean

Cantaloupe, Basil and Lillet Popsicles from Reclaiming Provincial

Pomegranate Merlot Popsicles from 52 Kitchen Adventures

Mudslide Cocktail Popsicle from Bakers Royale

Irish Coffee Ice Pops from Souvlaki for the Soul


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44 Responses to The Papaya Breeze Poptail

  1. I have always been a fan of fruit based beverages whether alcoholic or not. I bet these are great with or with out the wine. Going to try them this summer for my kids (non-alcoholic of course). I love to make treats for myself and my kids with fruits. We do a lot of juicing and try to eat healthy.

  2. Awesome, a slightly more healthy and refreshing twist on your typical ice cream!

  3. […] If you have a bottle of rosé wine lying around, this is exactly what to do with it. Get the recipe. […]

  4. Sandy Headtke says:

    Really enjoyed the Papaya Breeze Poptail. Can’t wait to receive my book with more ideas. Thank you for the great giveaway, I really enjoyed popsicle week.

  5. Marilyn says:

    Papaya…What’s not to like. On the shortlist of popsicle recipes to try soon!!

  6. Jen says:

    Now this is a fun idea. Great tip on how to incorporate different alcohol at different ratios. I’ll be sharing this recipe for sure. Thanks!

  7. Mary says:

    In the list to try too!

  8. cindy says:

    Wow. I’m drooling. Not a pretty sight, especially at the office.

  9. The colour of these popsicles is pure summer! Stunning!!

  10. theresa hays says:

    Papaya is one of my favorite fruits and rose wine sounds like a delicious dovetailing of tastes. Can’t wait to try…

  11. Sherry says:

    How wonderful you’ve put all these Popsicle recipes in one place. Thank you.

  12. Shari Kelley says:

    These sound so interesting and look beautiful!

  13. Lauri says:

    Pop tail fun! Who doesn’t want one of these!

  14. Rachel says:

    These sound absolutely yummy and will be a hit with my ‘Las Mujeres Supper Club’. I’m interested in seeing a lime Popsicle recipe as you can dunk these into glasses of red wine and feel like you’ve been transported to heaven.
    Keep these wonderful recipes coming!

  15. So fun! We are having a girls weekend and these will be perfect!

    • Sue says:

      My husband didn’t respond to the papaya/rose combination, (what does he know) but I’m telling you, it was really lovely!

  16. How fun…perfect for summer evenings with friends. Now if it would only turn warm here in New England. :)

  17. These poptails look so amazing. I can’t wait to give them a try. Now I have to find time to run out and buy the popsicle molds! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  18. HOW CUTE ARE THESE!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m loving that almost coral color of the poptails! I loveeee papayas and mixing them up with rose wine is just WHOAAAAAA!!!!! Making these! <3

  19. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, you are the popsicle queen, another great recipe!

  20. i want one! Or two or three! I mean I dont think you could get any better with this Popsicle.

  21. Charissa says:

    This is such a great idea! Can’t wait to try it out!

  22. Gorgeous poptails, I love the color!

  23. Amy says:

    Sue, you should win a prize for the phrase “cocktail on a stick”! The color of these is dreamy and I agree – a great way to cool down and wind down at the end of a summer day. Your photos are just beautiful.

  24. Linda L. says:

    These are perfect for a lazy summer evening gathering or after a swim.

  25. These ‘poptails’ are so deliciously simple. I’m really enjoying your popsicles week, Sue! I’ve never actually tried making any, but you are giving me all sorts of ideas to try. Thank you!

  26. I absolutely adore papaya! What a perfect summer treat.

  27. Nancy White says:

    These poptails look luscious and sound delightful. Can’t wait to try!

  28. I just love the word ‘Poptail’ not to mention these look lovely! I need more papaya in my life :-)

  29. dana says:

    yum papaya is delicious and so underused

  30. Jennifer says:

    These look fabulous! I love the idea of Popsicles for adults! I had been planning on making Popsicles this summer for my nephew but love the idea of auntie getting a treat too!

  31. Kate says:

    I am not acquainted with using papaya either. I realize the seeds are a no go for the pops, but I heard the seeds can be eaten and are peppery in flavor. Is that true and have you used them in any recipe?

  32. Kate says:

    Such a pretty color! I like the simple mix without added sugar. Never knew there were “poptail” recipes out there. Thanks for the foray primer into a new idea to me! This is a fun week, Sue.

  33. Sandy Headtke says:

    Perfect for those warm evenings. Love the color, those look like summer.

  34. Oh my goodness, you are amazing Sue! These are spectacular! Love, love, love!

  35. Sami says:

    What a fun way to welcome summer – I’m really enjoying the week of popsicle recipes!

  36. We are heading to the pool to write some posts today, and I wish I had a couple of these in tow!!! So great!

  37. Oh I just happen to have some left over Rose wine from our picnic – these sound amazing! I made fuzzy navel pops last summer and loved them. You are such a fun blogger! I can’t imagine how tasty these are – thank you, thank you, thank you!

  38. Jen F. says:

    Thank you for the tips on how much alcohol will still let your popsicles freeze!

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