Fuzzy Navel Slushie

This drink and I go way back. To like high school. A friend of the family got married. It was an open bar, no I didn't get to enjoy the open bar. The bride however had several of these and was pretty darn tipsy when we left. I thought her drink looked cool. I forgot about it.

Flash forward to a few years ago and I was at a several day long meeting. After an extremely long day several of my coworkers and I went out to eat. The girl beside me ordered a fuzzy navel. I remembered the bride from my past and ordered one for my self. It was kinda love at first taste. Its the perfect combination of everything, if you like orange juice you will most definitely love this.

I have a friend that owns a bar and I kill him with these. Its pretty much all I ever have him make me. The slushie version is just as good as the drink. We have had rain all week long so now outdoor popsicle time for me. On the bright side if you stick it in a glass you can enjoy it inside while binging your favorite Netflix show. If you need suggestions Steph has some. You can find her at Not Entirely Perfect 
 So. I bet you're wondering how to make this? Its really easy.
1 part Vodka
1 part Peach Snapps
4 parts Orange Juice
Give it a stir and stick in in the freezer until its a slushie.

I think its a good brunch drink too, the OJ makes it a breakfast drink, right?


Unicorn Slushee and Pride Popsicle

Before I jump into the really delicious recipe I wanted to tell you some exciting news. Etsy finally approved my name change. I have tried to get them to change it to a version of what it was and my reasoning was not good enough.  Then I had the idea to make it pair with the blog, CatHairandGlitter was taken. But CatHairGlitter was not and they approved it. Abbey still says no one will want to buy something that comes with a sprinkling of cat hair but I think they may. Now I can work on on a banner.

Ok now for this weeks popsicle. Since its Pride Month, I wanted to do something to reflect that. Plus I'll tell you how to do an alcohol free one, for the kids. We can do this the easy way.....or the hard way.

Jumping on the unicorn bandwagon, here is my take on it. You will need Just a few ingredients.

Put the Jolly Ranchers (about 8-12) and as much Vodka as you want to use (and of course you can use any brand you want) into a container to dissolve. Overnight did it for me. Then add Sprite. Now the easy way is you add a flavor to a glass or popsicle bag. The hard way is you stick the containers in the freezer and then add them in layers when they are slush and then add them back to the freezer to freeze.

Edited to add: You can use any sweet candy like skittles or starburst but you will have to filter off the waxy coating. With the Jolly Rancher you don't have to filter anything its ready to mix and freeze as soon as you dissolve it.
I used Grape, Watermelon, Green apple, and Blue Raspberry. Sorry Cherry, you were just too close in color to Watermelon.

Pride popsicle is done the same way, only it is a popsicle instead of a slushee.

Now lets say you are REALLY short on time and don't want to dissolve Jolly Ranchers. You can substitute Jolly Rancher Popsicles. To make it alcohol free just dissolve the jolly rancher in the sprite and enjoy.
I can't get over how perfectly sweet this is. You almost don't even realize there is Vodka in it. I don't even have words for how yummy this is. Even all mixed up in the glass its awesome.

How to Make Adult Popsicles

I have been really excited about writing this post. It hit me over Memorial Day weekend. We were outside all day long and the kids were eating freezer pops and I wanted one, only I also wanted the drink I was drinking. That's when I got the bright idea to mix the two.

These are super fun to make! I even made non-alcoholic versions for the kids, which allowed me to test out two different DIY Ice Pop containers we had previously bought. The first are shaped like you would imagine an ice cream bar to be shaped. They are really super cute. The second are little zip lock bags that are shaped like ice pops. They are the perfect shape and size.

So I am just going to go ahead and tell you how these turned out before I tell you the recipe I used. They are strong, definitely-booze-filled popsicles. That means they didn't freeze completely. Which means the cute little red lidded, ice cream looking mold did not work. Although I was not one to turn my back on semi frozen mixed drink. Having eaten it with a spoon.....it made a great slushie.

Now the ice pop sleeve worked great. It still didn't freeze completely, because I was eager and ended up being heavy handed with the alcohol. But, it didn't matter because the popsicle holder kept it from dripping and I was able enjoy it without mess. I stuck a straw inside it for quicker drinking.

I have plans to try the cute mold again next week and just relax a little on the alcohol.

You may be wondering why I chose Pina Colada as my first alcohol pop. You aren't? Ok well I am going to tell you anyway. When I was in college, Thursday nights was party night. (was that everywhere, or just at Morehead?) I met this cool girl on my floor and on Thursday's we would hop in her car and drive to Huntington, West Virginia, which is only a little over an hour away, in hindsight I don't know why we didn't go to Lexington. Also in hindsight I think she and I were on a date, but I was straight and clueless. So only realized this when Abbey mentioned it. Anyway, There was a club there called Robbie's which was owned by a former Major League Baseball player. (On a side note, it closed down after someone got beaten to death in front of it). The interesting thing about Robbie's is, you could go in under-age and then guys would come up to you and ask you what you wanted to drink. They didn't "work" there but I am sure they were working it. And I,being a complete novice to anything even remotely cool, (former band kid here) had no idea what to order. So when someone came up and asked me what I wanted I stupidly said ummm whatever. Thus introducing me into the world of the basic beach drink known as, The PiƱa Colada. I am singing, If you Like Pina Colada's....and getting caught in the rain. Because, you can't have a Pina Colada without thinking about Jimmy Buffet. 

Wow,  that was a really long pointless story. Sorry. With out any further ADHD moments, here you go.

I need to add that you'll also need a small can of pineapple juice. I didn't take a picture of that because I got distracted and forgot. Oops! I mixed all of this in a 2 cup glass pyrex mixing cup. The spout was perfect for pouring into the molds without needing a funnel.

For two popsicles you will need:

1/2 c . pineapple chunks
1/4 c. coconut milk (this was difficult to find, it was in the aisle with powdered milk)
1/2 c. Malibu Caribbean Rum
1/4 c. pineapple juice
For two, I was able to use the pineapple juice from the crushed pineapples.

In hindsight I shouldn't have drank the left over and  then tried to do math on how much I needed to convert it to make more popsicles. Here is my drunken math.

1 1/2 c. (12 oz) pineapple chunks
3/4 c. (6 oz) coconut milk, I just used the rest of the carton
1 1/2 c. (12 oz) Malibu Caribbean Rum
3/4 c. (6oz) pineapple juice

Come back next Friday for another another alcoholic popsicle. I am loving this adult twist on a kid favorite!
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