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[Cocktail of the Week]

Neapolitan’s pina colada popsicle is perfect for pool parties

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Throwing a pool party? Impress your friends with these boozy treats.
Photo: Christopher DeVargas
Sabrina Chapman

Why let this week’s wet weather dampen your party spirit when you could be getting drunk in the rain? That’s the name and suggestion of a frozen cocktail by mixologist Mariena Mercer. Served at the Neapolitan of Las Vegas, an indoor/outdoor bar at Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, this is booze in Popsicle form, an icy break from on-the-rocks concoctions or more standard frozen fare. Cosmopolitan mixologist Chris Hopkins explains, “Piña colada is one of the No. 1 selling cocktails, so putting it in frozen format is perfect. Essentially, this is a piña colada on a stick.” The adult ice pop ($12) has buttery smooth coconut cream, vibrant pineapple bursts, a bit of Puerto Rican flair from Don Q coconut rum and a touch of crisp crunch from toasted coconut. It’s a sure crowd-pleaser and perfect for pool parties, rain or shine.

Recipe (makes 20 Popsicles):

8 cups coconut cream

4 cups simple syrup

2 cups pineapple juice

6 oz. Don Q Coco coconut rum

1 cup pineapple chunks

6 gelatin sheets

toasted coconut flakes (for garnish)

Method: Bloom the gelatin. Once it’s soft and pliable, mix with the first five ingredients. Pour into Popsicle molds. Place in freezer until frozen. To garnish, dip the pop in simple syrup and coat with toasted coconut.

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