Have Your Cocktail on a Stick

These spiked treats are the perfect remedy to summer's triple-digit weather! You can stop worrying about ice cubes watering down your drink and start thinking about all the new cocktail combinations you can prepare. We'll get you started with our Southern favorite: Sweet Tea Julep Pops. And if you're thirsty for more, check out the rest of the gallery on southernliving.com. Cheers!

sweet tea julep pops

Sweet Tea Julep Pops
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add 2 family-size tea bags, and stir in 1 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
Discard tea bags and mint. Stir in 1 cup cold water, ¾ cup bourbon, ½ cup sugar, and 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Pour mixture into 12 (3-oz.) paper cups; add a mint leaf and small lemon slice to each, if desired.
Freezing Instructions: Cover each cup with aluminum foil; make a small slit in center, and insert 1 (3½-inch) food-safe wooden ice-cream spoon into each cup. Freeze 8 hours or until firm.

Makes: 12 pops

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Southern Living July 2012

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