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These Boozy Push-Up Pops Are Potent

A Childhood Classic Returns, With 15% Alcohol

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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Push-Ups, those popsicle-like yogurt treats you extend from the bottom through a cylindrical cardboard tube, have a place in the hearts of pretty much everybody. But there comes an age where you have to leave the Push-Ups behind, and dedicate your life to more noble pursuits. Like whiskey and gin.

But not anymore. Buzz Pop Cocktails from Las Vegas incorporate booze into the formula, making an easily transportable frozen sorbet that come in at 15% ABV, or roughly the same as drinking a couple of medium-strength beers or normal glasses of wine.

You can see it already, right? One of those crazy Vegas pool parties where some jacked guy in camo shorts is literally shirtless and pumping his fist to a Lil Jon song they’ve been here playing for 15 years. You’re scared of who and what may be in that overcrowded pool. People are eating Buzz Pop Cocktails because it’s hot and everybody needs to be drunk to be here and it adds a bit of bawdy suggestion to everyone’s bachelor/bachelorette party Instagram posts.

The pops come from local chef Jason Issacs, who tapped Vegas industry insiders like barman Tony Abou Gamin as consultants, resulting in sorbet flavors like strawberry lime, watermelon chili, Margarita and Cosmopolitan. Top-shelf spirits are said to be used throughout the process.

Obviously, there’s a ton of potential in a potent cocktail you can throw across a room. And for the nostalgic among us, the mere prospect of pushing-up again like the old days warms the chambers of the heart.

The pleasure will cost you $99 for a mixed pack of 8, with frozen deliveries sent nationwide through UPS.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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