Strawberry Lime Summer Lemonade Cocktail

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Summertime, the livin’ is easy…especially when you have this fresh summer cocktail in hand!  Last summer we had a value pack of strawberries in the fridge on a friday night and I decided to experiment to make myself a delicious summer drink.  Lo and behold I no idea it would become my favorite summer sipper, the strawberry lime lemonade cocktail.

Summer Cocktail- Strawberry Lime Spritzer

Summer Strawberry Lime Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

3 strawberries
2 ounces vodka
1 sugar cube
1/2 lime, juiced
4 ounces lemonade
Splash of ginger ale

Step 1: Wash and slice 2-3 fresh strawberries.

Summer Cocktail- Strawberry Lime Vodka

Step 2: Muddle your strawberries in a tall glass along with 1-2 shots of vodka (depending in your preference of strength), and 1 sugar cube (optional). Don’t have a muddler?  I recommend getting a nice stainless steel option, like this Cocktail Muddler & Mixing Spoon for under $10 on Amazon.

Muddled summer cocktail

Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail

Step 3: Juice 1/2 lime into the cocktail.  Add lemonade and a splash of ginger ale for a sparkle.  Sip and enjoy!

Summer Cocktail- Strawberry Lime Spritzer

Now grab your drink and get outdoors!  For Alex’s birthday last year I bought and painted a couple corn hole boards, so we get to enjoy a fresh cocktail in the backyard playing a quick game.  I have been experimenting with using blueberries now too and find them to be a great addition to summer drinks.  What fresh fruit cocktails have you enjoyed on these hot summer nights?

Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

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As summertime is winding to an end, I just realized that I never shared the awesome cake pops that I made for Clem’s 6th birthday.  Mel planned the theme of ice cream social, so I knew immediately what I must do…make ice cream cone cake pops!

Summertime ice cream cone cake pops

How cute are these right? I decided to go with pink and white after searching around for inspiration on Pinterest. If you are looking for any baking ideas, check out my Cute Baking Ideas board. I love dreaming of fun and yummy treats to make!

Ice cream cone cake pops made by hand

First step for these little beauties was to gather my supplies.  Since Clem was planning to have about 15 kids plus a few possible siblings at her party, I planned to make 24 cake pops.  I decided to take on Funfetti again, even after my debacle when making the puppy cake pops last year, but opted for whipped vanilla frosting in hopes that the cake balls would hold up better.

How to make ice cream cone cake pops for a summer time party

I originally planned to buy mini ice cream cones like these on Amazon, but being the procrastinator I am, it was one week before the party and it would take about 10 days for those adorable little cones to ship.  So instead I ran by CVS on my way home one night and grabbed two boxes of the only ice cream cones they had.  Then I went to work making them mini!

Ice cream cone for cake pops

This step was easy as long as you take your time.  The best method it to slowly score around the rim of the cone with your knife increasing pressure to cut through.  If you push to hard on one side you can break the cone, so be careful.

Turning ice cream cones into ice cream cake pops

Once all the cone we cut to size, the next step was to make a hole through the bottom for the stick to poke through.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

This also required cutting out a little middle piece of the cone to clear the path.

How to make ice cream cones for cake pops

Once all of the cone were ready to go, it was time to focus on the cake ball formations.  If you have never made cake pops before, check out my post about making cake pops.  It goes into more details about type of cake, cake to frosting ratios, etc. For these cake pops I made the cake balls a bit more oval and flattened.  It helped to fill out the top of the ice cream cone better.

Ice Cream Cake Pops

Now it was time to assemble the pops.  Step one was to poke a hole into the bottom of the cake ball and insert the stick with a little of the melted candy coating to help it hold.

Amazing ice cream cake pops

Make sure it is firm and straight, then set aside for a moment.

Ice Cream Cake Pops-YUM!

Next I took the cone and dipped just the top of the rim into the candy melts.

Yummy ice cream cake pops

From here I threaded the cone onto the stick and pressed the ice cream cone onto the bottom of the cake ball.

Decorating Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

I then took a tiny bit of candy melt to seal the hole on the base of the cone to the stick for a little added to support.

Amazing ice cream cone cake pops

Repeat over and over again allowing the cones to dry upside down.

How to make ice cream cone cake pops

The result, an amazingly secure cake pop.  Once assembled these were the easiest cake pops to dip and decorate because they we adhered well to the stick in multiple places.

Easy to make ice cream cake pops

Now the fun of decorating!! Dip the cake ball into the candy melt to fully coat.

DIY Ice Cream Cake Pops

Swirl around and tap to get the melt to run down the side of the cone naturally.  You can use a spoon to help get it started if necessary.  The beauty of these pops it that they are meant to look messy like melting ice cream, so it hard to go wrong.  My favorite type of decorating :)

making cute ice cream cake pops

Allow the first coating to set a bit before adding the topping layer or the colors will start to blend.  The second layer is best added by simply dripping it on with a spoon and shaking around again to get a natural drip pattern.

Decorating Ice Cream Cake Pops

Now the final touches…M&Ms!

Decorating DIY Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

While the topping it still wet I added one red M&M as the cherry and random sprinkles.  I rigged a great drying rack for these pops out of a box I had laying around.

making ice cream cake pops

Last but not least I opted to individually wrap each pop in a plastic dessert bag and tie to make them more of a party favor than the main dessert, since we were hosting an ice cream bar at the party.

Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops for a Summer Time Party

There you have it.  Super cute ice cream cone cake pops!

Summer time ice cream cone cake pops