Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

Up until a couple of summers ago, I was regularly treated to some really amazing cocktail popsicles, or poptails, by Naomi. Her poptail creations were absolutely incredible in terms of look, taste and creativity. Like me, she gets on a roll with things and, might I say, a little obsessed, until she eventually burns out on them. And that was the case with her poptails. Sadly, they ran their course to her and have been non-existent for a long, long time. Until now! I miss them, so I decided to take things into my own hands and by making these Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles for Father’s Day.

Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles via Real Food by Dad

It’s going to be another beautiful day here in OC on Sunday, so these popsicles will be a perfect treat after baseball practice and poolside Father’s Day BBQ. And yes, I am holding baseball practice for my son’s all-star team on Father’s Day. We did the same on Mother’s Day, so I can’t favor one over the other, right? And besides, what dad doesn’t love spending time with their boy on the baseball field? I do at least. Nothing better to me.

Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles with Real Food by Dad

These popsicles are so easy to make, and even better to eat. Trust me. Only 4 ingredients needed – tequila, pineapple juice, fresh pineapple (pureed), and grenadine. For that layered look, the grenadine is heavier in density than the tequila and pineapple juice, so it sinks to the bottom and gives these that really cool, tropical look and feel. Perfect for summer, right? And you can make these kid-friendly too, simply leave out the tequila and perhaps use different colored popsicle sticks or another mold to differentiate them from the adult version.

Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles from Real Food by Dad

Funny how to Naomi, these ran their course a long time ago, yet I see a couple missing from the freezer already. Hmmm.



Tropical Tequila Sunrise

Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles via Real Food by Dad

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  • Yield: 16 Servings

Up until a couple of summers ago, I was regularly treated to some really amazing cocktail popsicles, or poptails, by Naomi. Her …


  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 lb, fresh pineapple, peeled and pureed
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup grenadine


  1. Combine and stir pineapple juice, pureed pineapple and tequila. Fill popsicle wells 3/4 way up with pineapple mixture. Pour 1 teaspoon of grenadine into each well.
  2. **NOTES** (1) The recipe makes a total of 32 oz. The amount of popsicles it yields will vary on the mold used. The mold used in the photo yields sixteen 3oz popsicles. (2) If your popsicle mold does not have a top, cover the top with foil and outline each well with your fingers. Cut a tiny slit in the middle of each well and insert popsicle stick.

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    Not only are these so fun and colorful, but they look so refreshing. And they must be good if you’re having trouble keeping the freezer stocked!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Bri! They really taste great. I’m not a big drinker at all but can’t wait to have a couple on Sunday.

  • Mary

    These are so darn pretty! I think you and Naomi need to host a food photography workshop, and definitely have these popsicles as a treat!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Mary! Naomi is actually teaching a couple over the next few months. Hope you are still loving every minute of your time in Vietnam!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    You say tequila and I am there! Especially when they are as BEAUTIFUL as these popsicles! I just got me a popsicle mold, so I know what is happening to them! pinned :) Happy friday!

    • realfoodbydad

      Did you Taylor? You should totally make these soon!

  • ITheeCook

    How awesome are these!? What a perfect way to celebrate Fathers Day.
    Happy Fathers Day Matt! Have a great weekend!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you so much, Rina!

  • Liz Fourez

    Let me just say that I’m very glad you are bringing back the popsicles! Those colors are gorgeous! Have a Happy Father’s Day, Matt!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Liz!!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    These are awesome! I love that color and pineapple anything will always win in my book!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Tieghan!!

  • Alice Choi

    Matt, these are gorgeous! I love that YOU made them for Father’s day! go get it, yo! I have some grenadine in my fridge!!! making these ASAP!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Alice! Well somebody’s got to make these:) Have a great weekend!

  • azestybite

    These are absolutely amazing and such a fun treat. I know my husband would love these for Father’s Day and so would I.

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Meagan, hope you guys have a great weekend!

  • kellyjanke2

    So since you used the word sunrise in the title…i’m assuming it would be perfectly acceptable to eat this at a brunch maybe? 5 o’clock somewhere right? Haha but really, never heard of a tequila popsicle or any popsicle with liquor…totally loving the idea. You should write a ebook or an actual book just with popsicle flavors…i’m not kidding!! I still think about those pudding pops!
    I really need to get popsicle molds!!! Thanks Matt :)

    • realfoodbydad

      As long as it’s the weekend, I think any time is right for these Kelly! And you should totally get some molds. So fun, but you may get obsessed like me. Have a great weekend!

  • Olivia Ribas

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS! I am all about frozen treats for adults 😉

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Olivia!

  • CrunchyCreamySw

    Pinning these to make this weekend! Look fabulous!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Anna, hope you like them!

  • [email protected]

    These might be too beautiful to eat! *might*

    • realfoodbydad

      Might is indeed the key word there Monet. Haha thanks!

  • Serena Bakes

    These look incredible! I can’t blame your wife for sneaking a few, she just might not be in the mood to make them anymore. Everything’s better when someone else makes it! Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

    • realfoodbydad

      You are so right about that Serena! Thank you so much and have a great weekend:)

  • Ashley M.

    These look amazing, Matt! What a brilliant idea!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Ashley!

  • theviewfromGreatIsland

    Gorgeous Matt!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you! I know you know how fun they are to make:)

  • Heather @FrenchPress

    Ian is going to be SO happy when he sees these after work!

    • realfoodbydad

      I hope so! Let me know, thanks Heather!

  • Justine@Cooking and Beer

    I so love it when a recipe includes only 4 ingredients. These are the best! I’m so happy you have brought popsicles back into your life … for everyone’s sake. 😉 In love with these!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Justine! I am all about easy ideas:) And these were not only easy, but they taste amazing!!

  • Shinee

    OMG, I think I just died and landed in heaven!!! Incredibly beautiful, no-doubt delicious! I can’t wait to make this!!!!! Aaaaa, can you feel my excitement? Thanks, Matt!

    • realfoodbydad

      Haha, I can feel it Shinee! Thanks so much and have an awesome weekend!

  • Kate@Diethood

    Swooooooooooon! ….pickin’ myself up… these are waaaaaay cool! I LOVE ’em!! I’ll be cooling down with these lovelies on Sunday while our eyes are glued to the World Cup! :)

    • realfoodbydad

      You totally should Kate! Hope you like ’em!

  • Krista

    Yeah I’m pretty sure that would be a great Fathers Day… except for us it would be on the soccer field. :) Loving these boosy popsicles, perfect way to wrap up a long day!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Krista!!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    I would love a few of these right now to start the weekend! They look amazing and can never run their course.

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Zainab! Hope you have an awesome weekend:)

  • Archana@The Perfect Zest

    love the color of these.. and they are so easy!! Happy Father’s day Matt!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Archana!

  • Tutti Dolci

    These are gorgeous, way to bring back the poptail! Love both of your tropical themed posts today – the vibrant colors are stunning!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thank you Laura!!

  • Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    Beautiful colors! Need to try these soon! :)

    • realfoodbydad

      You should Jamie! :)

  • I Sugar Coat It!

    No kiddos around here just yet, so adult popsicles are a staple around here. 😉 Love the look of these – just like the name!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Jacquee!!

  • disqus_VmC2D9oBAk

    ok, this is the second time I have came over to check these beauties out! Love them!

    • realfoodbydad

      So I think now you need to make them:)!

  • Kiran @

    Beautiful! Love that you both collaborated on similar themed recipes :)

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Kiran!

  • The vegan 8

    Just discovered your site! I love these popsicles, my goodness they are so pretty. I love how the colors just blend into each other…so gorgeous!

    • realfoodbydad

      So glad you stopped by, thanks!

  • Allie|Baking a Moment

    Wow, beautiful! Such a perfect poolside treat. Have fun at the fields! 😉

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Allie! We had a great day today and hope you all did too!

  • Stephanie @ longdistancebaking

    These are beautiful! I tried making “poptails” once upon a time and they failed…but I think I need to make these and give it another go! They sound too good to be true :) What kind of mold do you use?

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Stephanie! The mold is an old fashioned one that I found at a local flea market actually.

  • Justin

    Happy Father’s Day Matt! Hope it was a great day for you and your family.

    As far as this recipe goes. I’ll take one or two or three! They sound delicious!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Justin! Hope you had an awesome Father’s Day as well!

  • Meggan | Culinary Hill

    4 ingredients to a better day! Sounds like you had a nice Father’s Day, soaking up the SoCal sunshine. Nothing beats it like a nice frozen treat! Great recipe!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks Meggan! It’s so easy to enjoy being outdoors here, right? Makes every day a fun one and these definitely help!

  • Jocelyn

    Boozy Popsicles?! Yes, please! 😉 These are gorgeous, too!

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much, Jocelyn!

  • Diane

    These look amazing and I really want to make them for the 4th but about how long do they need to freeze?

    • realfoodbydad

      Hi Diane, 6-8 hours, depending on your freezer. If you make them, let me know how they turn out! Thanks!

      • Diane

        I made these last night and they are wonderful! I basically made shotsicles, about 30. Froze in 12 hours. All set for tomorrow! Thanks!

        • realfoodbydad

          That is so awesome to hear, thanks so much for letting me know and I hope they are a big hit for you on the 4th!

  • Jennifer Justforgames Hager

    Will it work without the pineapple puree? I forgot to pick up pineapple at the store

    • realfoodbydad

      Hi Jennifer, yes absolutely. Hope it’s not too late:)

  • Firebabe

    Oh wow my favourite drink too , cant wait to make

    • realfoodbydad

      Thanks, let me know if you make these!

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  • Amy

    What kind of tequila do you recommend?

    • realfoodbydad

      Hi Amy, I would go with a good silver (blanco), 100 percent agave tequila. Patron is my favorite:)

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