Cocktails: Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Cocktails is a Tablecrafter series on updated versions of classic alcoholic drinks.

Some things must be appreciated in their original state, but there's no denying that brainstorming the various ways to reinvent a classic is much too fun to completely forgo. In this recipe, we take the definitive French 75 and add an interesting twist. The citrus element of the cocktail comes in the form of an intensely flavored popsicle. Light, effervescent, and refreshing, our variation on the libation easily reminds us of the best summer cocktails we've had. 

Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Yield: 8 popsicles
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes (5 min prep / 1 hr 30 min freezing)


  • 12 oz. champagne
  • ⅓ cup gin
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice


  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the champage and pour into popsicle molds and leave about ¼ of an inch allowance.
  2. Freeze for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until solid.
  3. Serve popsicles inside a glass and pour champagne over.

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Smoothie Sunday: Carrot Smoothie Spiced with Ginger & Turmeric

Smoothie Sunday is a Tablecrafter series on creating flavorful blended beverages.

Slightly sweet with a hint of tartness, this carrot smoothie surprises tastebuds with a kick from ginger and turmeric. Carrots can do more for you than merely add crunch to your salad: its muted flavor also complements fruits well, which is why we'll pair today's recipe with one of our favorite, bananas.

As for our spices—most people can easily identify turmeric as a basic component of Indian cuisine. A cousin of ginger, it reputedly soothes a variety of ailments (from ulcers to arthritis to heart disease) and has consistently played a major role in the traditional herbal remedies of China, India, and Indonesia.

This rhizome has a warm, pungent, and bitter flavor. Its prominent hue adds the vibrant, recognizable yellow to soups, sauces, and curries—and now we're adding it to our smoothie.

Carrot Smoothie Spiced with Ginger & Turmeric

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 10 minutes (5 for prep / 5 for blending)


  • 1 cup carrot, roughly cubed
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1½ tsp fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 tsp fresh turmeric, peeled
  • ¾ cup ice cubes
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • Mint sprigs, optional for garnishing


  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender. Mix until completely smooth.
  2. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve immediately. 

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