Whatever your potion of choice, it’s hard to deny the sweet and sour charm of a frozen Grape Ape in popsicle form. Get the party started with a popsicle!
- 1 C purple grape juice (unsweetened)
- 2/3 C cane sugar
- 1 C halved grapes
- 1 C fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
- 1/2 C fresh lime juice (about 6 limes)
- 1/2 C vodka (such as Tito’s)
- Combine juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture simmers gently. Remove from heat and add grapes. Let stand uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes, at room temperature. Strain grapes from the liquid.
- To the grape simple syrup (the liquid), add lemon juice, lime juice, and vodka. Strain again (to remove any citrus pulp) and refrigerate until chilled. Pour chilled liquid into popsicle molds and freeze for one to two hours. Insert sticks: if they pop out or tip over, continue freezing the popsicles in half hour increments then try again. Freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
- Run hot water over molds to help release popsicles without pulling the sticks out, then consume immediately. If you need to make a large batch ahead of time, I’d recommend buying extra molds, not attempting to transfer the popsicles to a container. Even in my very chilly freezer, they didn’t hold together well after removing from the molds. Cheers!
- Freeze without sticks for 45 minutes, then add sticks and freeze (preferably overnight) until solid.
- Batch 3: heat 1/2 C juice plus 1/2 C sugar until dissolved. Add 1/2 C halved grapes and steep for 15 minutes. Stir in 1/2 C lemon juice, 1/4 C lime juice, 1/3 C vodka. Strain. into molds. Chilled mixture before adding and froze much faster than first 2.
You can make the popsicles without vodka for a kid-friendly version–just use a half cup extra grape juice.
Chilling the popsicle batter proved to be an important step, so try not to skip it. If you do, your popsicles likely won’t freeze well.
- Prep Time: 25 mins
- Category: Sweets