May 01, 2012

Margarita Push Up Pops for Cinco De Mayo {& Giveaway!}

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Swag

Cinco de Mayo is this week and we LOVE this fun take on the frozen margarita from darling Courtney Dial’s book Push-up Pops. This book is packed full of great ideas from cake and pie push-up pops to frozen pops and more. We all know how big push-up pops are this year and Courtney’s ideas are fantastic!  The Frozen Lime Margarita push-up pops are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party this weekend. As we like to say, Grow it down by taking out the liquor and adding sugar to the rim to ensure smiles on your little niños!


PARTY TIP: Host a Mexican fiesta and greet guests at the door with these frozen lime margaritas, rimmed in salt! Try a variety of flavors by adding in frozen strawberries, mango, and other fruit.

Yields 10 push-up pops

6 ounces limeade concentrate
6 ounces tequila
1/4 cup triple sec
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
5 cups ice

Puree ice, limeade concentrate, tequila, triple sec, lime and lemon juices in blender until smooth. Fill push-up pops with frozen margaritas and serve! Place in freezer if preparing early. Garnish with slice of lime. Try rimming the push pops in salt or sugar too!

Get the plastic containers here.

Now for the SWAG!

Courtney is giving away a copy of Push-up Pops. To win, you must tell us what kind of Push-Up Pop you would make.  The person with the most creative pop will win. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:59 EDT. Winner will be contacted via email and will need to respond with requested information within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen. Amy Atlas Events and the sponsor reserves the right to cancel or end the contest at any time.

Good luck..check out the eye candy below from Push-up Pops.

Photography by Kyle Dreier.


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  • Those sundae push-up pops look pretty delicious to me!

  • Cecily

    I would make a coconut cake. Yellow cake with coconut filling and cool whip. They would be so cute and good.

  • Margaret Lai

    I can’t imagine anything tastier right now than a Horchata pushpop (and how Cinco De Mayo appropriate is that too? 🙂

  • hmmm.

    i would try to figure out how to make a creme brulee push up (with the toasty sugar top!) or perhaps some sort of s’mores push up…. (ice cream, chocolate, graham cracker cookie, and of course some toasty marshmallow on top)


  • I would make a strawberry blueberry basil pushpop that alternates layers of strawberry cake, blueberry basil jam, fresh strawberries and buttercream!

  • Jennifer Carrasquillo

    I would MOST certainly make Tres Leches Push-up Pops!!!!!!
    Specially since it originated in Mexico and and South America!
    I would bake and soak as normal and then poak into the pops and
    Frost the tops with the light airy cream!!! Now that’s Cinc De Mayo desserts!

  • Yesenia

    A taco salad!!! Layers of guacamole, salsa, meat, cheese and crushed shells on top!

  • I would make a take on tres leches push pops topped with a little bit of whip cream, sugars almonds and fresh berries (inspired from Annies Eats “Muchas leches cake”). Instead of it being tres leches I would use heavy whipping cream, dulce de leche, cream of coconut sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk.

    That just seems like such a decadent dessert right there. I think they would be more like cake shooters in a push pop…….this idea just fills me with excitement!!!!! 😀

  • Lorena Quintero

    I would make push pops with different “agua fresca” favors with fruit or nut chunks to compliment the cinco de mayo theme. The inspiration for these flavors comes from my favorite Mexican “paletas” (popsicles). Flavors would be 1. Coconut with walnut chunks 2. Passion fruit with fruit chunks 3. Soursop with fruit chunks 4. Red currant with banana chunks 5. Grape with grape chunks and last but not least 6. Cajeta (dulce de leche).

  • I love the push-up pop craze! So fun, and non-messy! I would make a 4th of July push up pop. First I would put a yummy red velvet cake on the bottom (first layer), then vanilla ice-cream (2nd layer), and then blue berries on top (third layer). I would top it off with some whipped cream and a red star shaped candy. YUM!!!

  • Wow, I love this eye candy and would love this book! I would try to make a Push-Up Pop based off one of my favorite desserts — the magic cookie bar! Starting with a layer of buttery crushed graham crackers, condensed milk, chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts. Yum!

  • Laura

    Love the margarita idea for a party!

  • the push up dessert is on my summer list of things to make . . .
    layer yellow cake, cake batter ice cream and whipped cream!

  • Megan S.

    Pumpkin pie push pop. Now that would be heaven.

  • Emily

    I would make a “brunch” push pop. A sweet version featuring layers of differently flavored pancakes spread with butter and syrup and French toast, or mix it up with a few savory layers, like eggs and bacon.

  • Jessica H

    i would make key lime cheesecake pie push pops. 😛

  • They look so AMAZING!!! YUM!!

  • caroline

    Yummy! I’d try a chocolate cake with a speculoos cream! mhhhhhhhhh

  • Lorinda

    Get out of here! These are so stinkin cute. I’d have to say I’d probably start with something orange flavored just like the childhood memories of a push up pop.

  • Allie

    Oh, wow…cheesecake push up pops sound delicious…with raspberry or lemon curd drizzled down the insides? But I think I’d make a s’more pushup pop. There’s a grown up s’more recipe that I’ve had my eye on for some time, and that, combined with rocky road-ish ice cream and a graham cracker rim sounds HEAVENLY.

  • ladywild

    Apple pie. I’m not sure how I’d pull it off, but it’d be fun to try.

  • Tara

    I would make a creamsicle pop. Orange sherbert, vanilla ice cream and some whipped cream! YUM!!

  • I would make a push pop with an updated Smores theme. Homemade graham cracker ice cream, burnt marshmallow fluff, and dark chocolate ice cream with fleur de sel on top!

  • Nikki Andress

    Moon Pie a la mode push pop! Chocolate moonpie, vanilla ice cream, caramel and fudge sauces drizzled in, and a little chopped peanuts on top!

  • Kerri S

    I would make ‘dirt cakes’ for a spring BBQ for kids!

  • Mary

    I would love this book! I would love to create a “flancake” layered push pop. Flan & cake mixed together, layered with the caramel & vanilla sauce, topped off with whipped cream with toasted coconuts. Delicioso!

  • Mary

    I would love this book! I would love to create a “flancake” layered push pop. Flan & cake mixed together, layered with the caramel & vanilla sauce, topped off with whipped cream with toasted coconuts. Delicioso y rico.

  • Debbie

    I love the margarita push pops – brilliant, beautiful and delicious! I might also create a cinnamon rice pudding push pop. Something creamy to balance the tart margaritas.

  • Michelle S

    I would make a black forest pushpop..with layer of chocolate cake, homemade whipped cream, layer of cherries then if there is room repeat… Oh you…simply delicious!

  • Christina Salais

    I’d do a cookies and cream push pop using marble chocolate and white cake,oreo cookie pudding, whip cream on top and crushed oreo cookies to garnish the top.

  • Bianca Andrea

    I would really love to make a bubblegum pushup pop, but with cotton candy icecream instead of frosting, my local bakery has just made a bubble gum cupcake (inspired by pintrest) but I would love to add the cotton candy iceream in the middle and top to make it the perfect summer treat!

  • What a great giveaway….love Cinco de Mayo! I see that we already have watermelon push pop….so Im gonna go with my other favorite dessert. An Italian creampuff push pop…not Mexican but still yummy.

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  • Joi

    Brownie push up pops with a raspberry jam and nutella layers, topped with fresh whipped cream and shaved chocolate

  • Sandra Bell

    I would make a kid-friendly push pop…kids love snow cones but i would make a push pop version….any flavor but my favorite is blue-color coconut flavor with a surprise frozen inside….bubble gum or gummy bear or fruit.

  • andrea

    I would definitely make a mezcal push up pop, differente flavors, strawberry, lime and mango ending with a citric or ginger foam just to remember the whipped cream in the Cake Battle (yes, guerra de los pasteles) that happened during this time in Mexico and ended up in the 5 de Mayo battle.

  • Yanneris

    This past Easter I made carrots push pops. I tied a few green pipe cleaner to the stick and filled the push pop with carrot cake and orange tinted cream cheese frosting! The kids loved it, and the adults were jealous. It’s always fun to present food in the shape of its main ingredients.

  • Rena

    I’d make peanut butter push pops!!

  • Rena

    *I meant Id make peanut butter cups push pops!

  • suhesley

    id make pineapple and coconut cups push pops!!!so yummy!!!

  • Mary Hitchings

    I would like to try to make a push pop with layered red white and blue jello for the 4th. I always make jello for party gatherings and this would look like a little firecracker in the push pop. We could even top it off with whipped cream.

  • kris Nelson

    I would make a jello-shot push pop. They would be much easier to enjoy being ‘pushed’ into your mouth as opposed to having to slurp them out of a small cup. Color combinations are endless! and they are easily made non-alcoholic as well.

  • Lisa Man

    I would make a version of the Chocó taco for Cinco de Mayo. It would have: Bottom layer: crushed waffle cones
    Middle Layer: vanilla ice cream
    Top layer: chocolate shavings, caramel sauce, and chopped nuts

  • Rikki-Dee

    I would make caramel toffee apple push pops. First layer is apple cupcake, next whipped cream, then drizzle caramel sauce and sprinkle with toffee. Repeat layers. Making a variation next week for teacher appreciation.

  • Mary Riedel

    Hot Fudge Brownie Delight ;
    Brownies, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whip cream & nuts 🙂

  • I love the idea of drinks on a stick. 😉 xo

  • I love a good drink on a stick. 😉 xo

  • Stacy Hart

    I’ve been searching for ideas for an upcoming BBQ. When I saw this push pop idea I knew I finally found the perfect dessert to bring. But what flavor and the it hit me, my famous Lemon Chiffon Pie with Gingerbread Crust.

    Layer of crunchy, gingery crumb crust, followed by layer of light, tangy mousse, then a ribbon of chocolate, another layer of mousse, topped with a lemon zest and a sugar coated twist of lemon.

  • Danielle

    For a dessert I would make a tiramisu or bananas foster push up pop. For a drink…a strawberry mojito! I love the drink inspired ones. There are so many you can make…piña colada, sangria, rum runner, wine push ups, the list there is endless! 🙂

  • Danielle

    For a dessert, I would make tiramisu or bananas foster! I love the drink inspired ones too…do many options for those! I would do a strawberry mojito. I would also love to try a sangria, piña coloda, rum runner, wines…so many ideas! 🙂

  • What a fun site to come across… Who knew that I could get so excited about push pops even more as an adult!!! 🙂 I def copied and paste you margarita push pop as that will be a MUST amongst our group.

    But as for the SWAG…
    I am kind of in looking forward to the Derby this year so hands down Mint Julep push pop has officially made my Derby delights menu!
    Make drink as called; mix mint, bourbon (Derby style) or rum, crushed ice & sugar… than use superfine sugar to coat sprigs of mint to line the top of each pop before freezing…

  • Bruinbr

    I think a tiramisu push pop or a chocolate peanut butter one would be awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Aundreah Brant

    Hmmm, I think I would have to try and make some type of Red Velvet cake push pop. Your idea are amazing!!

  • I think I would have to try and make some type of Black Forest cake push pop!

  • Alicia Johnson

    I have purchased my push-pop containers but have had been at a loss for what to make first. My biggest obstacle was how I was going to serve my concoction——until today when I saw your post!! I ADORE the idea of sinking the stem right down into a piece of fruit! So, right after I make these yummy little margarita babies serves up in some limes, I’m going for some apple pie push pops served in bright green Granny Smith apples arranged in rows on a beautiful cream rectangular platter. Dilemma solved!

  • I would be making a Pina Colada push pop. My most favourite drink of all. The bottom would be french vanilla bean cake with pineapple, middle would be coconut rum icecream and the top would be a sugar candied pineapple for a garnish.

  • Maddy

    Mmmm those look yummy! I would make fruit push pops, with layers of whipped cream and cake!

  • Meghan

    a deconstructed tiramisu! layers of ladyfingers, coffee flavors cake, rum soaked cake, and marscapone frosting topped with chocolate shavings!

  • I would create a Banana Cream Pie Push Pop, it’s my dad’s favorite. The bottom would be a graham cracker crust filling, followed by banana cream filling, whipped cream in the middle, followed by more banana cream filling, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh banana slices. Yum!

  • Hmmm….those push pops look divine. I’ll take one with a real Margarita on the side!

    I’d love to see an English Tea push pop with lemon curd, devonshire cream and crumbled scones. Mmm…yummm!!!

  • Jenise Scott

    I love the push pop craze! I’m dying to make a spin on a banana split using cake and fruit and ice cream. The other that I must try is layers of brownie,icecream, bananas and chocolate sauce layered to the top then whip cream. I think I have some kind of theme going on here, but oh well!

  • I am DEFINITELY making those margarita pops for our Cinco de Mayo party this weekend! I can’t wait! They look soooo delicious…

    I would make apple pie push pops…big chunks of pie, layered with cinnamon ice cream and served with a big ol’ hunk of cheddar cheese…ooooh, or maybe melt the cheese on top! Yum!!! Great…now my mouth is watering…;)

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this super-cool book!

  • I’d love to do a pina colada push up pop with a layer of chocolate in there too 🙂

  • Debra Lee

    Strawberry Lemonade would be great on a hot day. Maybe with a little limoncellO!

  • I’m currently making a flan (with caramel too!) push up pop in my freezer! Hopefully it will turn out. 🙂

  • Meagan

    Hey, quick question about the margarita push pops! After pouring the frozen mixture into the push pops should I stick them into the freezer so they become popsicles? Or serve them as is?

    And how would I store them in the freezer without spilling everything?

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