An Erin Cooks Giveaway – Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick

July 6, 2012 · 57 comments · Print This Post

in An Erin Cooks Original, Contests / Giveaways, Holidays / Entertaining

What was once only a lowly Microsoft Word document is now a real live book. I know this to be a fact because I signed 10 copies of it for my mom last week. Pretty cool, right?! Thanks, Mom! Anyway, I feel a little bit like Geppetto and Poptails is my version of Pinocchio, only much smaller and less likely to talk back to me. I’m really excited to share the book with you and look forward to hearing your feedback!

Maybe your new summer go-to pop will become the Shirley Temper Tantrum, for those of you who miss the days of pretend drinking with your parents at chinese food restaurants and want to try a version with a real kick for once. Or perhaps you’ll enjoy my slightly inappropriately named boozy, blueberry popsicle that I’ve affectionately dubbed “Blueberries for Gown-Up Sal.” See what I did there? It’s a double shout-out to Maine! There are also traditional cocktails to choose from including my personal favorite, the Dirty Martini complete with olives and olive juice as well as a Sweet Manhattan. In the end I spiked and froze everything from yogurt to milk and eggnog to carrot juice. Not all together! That would be gross.

So how would you feel about winning a copy? I have two sitting on my desk right now!

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this post letting me know what your first legally imbibed alcoholic drink happened to be. Do you even remember? I think mine was something gross like a Midori Sour or possibly a Whiskey Sour. I do recall that my group of friends and I also did Kamikaze shots on my 21st birthday and the mere thought of how they taste turns my stomach. Ick!

In addition, If you share the link to this contest on your own blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ account you may have one additional entry for a total of two possible chances to win. If you choose this option please leave a link to your shout out as your second comment. Two separate winners will be selected via the nifty random number generator on Friday, July 13th (spooky!) at 5:00 PM PST and then I’ll promptly arrange to have the book shipped to your home. Please note that this book can only be shipped to U.S. residents. Best of luck!

[Note: All popsicle photographs in this post appear in the book Poptails and were photographed by Allan Penn].

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1 kelly barnes July 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Hi Erin, my first cock tail drink I had was a sloe gin fizz,.


2 Susan Tenby July 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

My first drink was Pineapple Wine, and I puked for about three days after finishing the bottle with a handful of double-stuffed oreos!


3 USAKiwi (Kylee) July 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

My first drink was probably beer – stolen from a glass someone else was drinking.

My first drink that BELONGED to me – was sparkling white wine (I necked an entire bottle of it down and threw most of it up).


4 amber July 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

ace’s pear cider. i could go for one of those right now…


5 Kim July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Pretty sure it was a rum and coke. My taste for gin and tonic came much later, although it is now my drink of choice.


6 amber July 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm
7 amber July 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm



8 Ashley July 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

My first drink was at Kowloon restaurant and it was “Rum and Tropical Fruit Juices,” not to be confused with the also popular “Tropical Fruit Juices and Rum!”


9 MaryB July 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

My first was gin and tonic….something I like to this day!


10 LizA July 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I bought an assortment to share with co-workers, premixed Sangria and wine sprtizers (it was the 80’s); neither of which interest me now.


11 Doug July 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Hi Erin,

My first was Amaretto on the rocks. Not bad…..


12 amy marantino July 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

i have never had a legal one… i decided to stop drinking prior to coming of age.


13 amy marantino July 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm
14 Erin @ The Speckled Palate July 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Congratulations on the book!

My first alcoholic drink (which was legally imbibed because I was awesome/lame and didn’t drink ’till my 21st birthday) was a daiquiri, purchased during the MIDDLE OF A HURRICANE on my 21st birthday with my roommates. We purchased maybe 4 big ones to get us through the storm…


15 rebecca July 7, 2012 at 1:34 am

Grasshopper . We used TGIFridays mix.


16 Zohar July 7, 2012 at 5:53 am

My first alcoholic drink was probably a Goldstar beer which is popular here in Israel.


17 Kerstin July 7, 2012 at 6:02 am

Congrats on your book Erin, how very exciting!!

Mine was probably vodka with crystal light, which grosses me out so much now, lol.


18 Ellen Stathis July 7, 2012 at 6:41 am

Hi, Erin. Back in the day, the legal drinking age was 18 and I was a freshman in college. All we drank was beer, beer, and more beer. There were kegs in every dorm.


19 Grace Gillette July 7, 2012 at 7:21 am

I think my first legal drink was a margarita. My 21st birthday was a little miserable – I had to work all day that day. But in the last few minutes left in the day, my boyfriend and I managed to get in a quickie celebration at a local bar/restaurant. They didn’t even check my ID!

So happy and excited for you on your first book, Erin. 🙂 Congrats again!


20 MeLissa Rocco July 7, 2012 at 7:29 am

I’m a little fuzzy on what the first one was, but I’m thinking it was probably a glass of wine or an amaretto sour.

Congratulations on your book – so excited for you!!


21 Andrea July 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

First legal drink: Miller Lite at my then-boyfriend’s house. First legal cocktail: amaretto sour at Applebee’s. Thank goodness my tastes (in drinks, restaurants and men!) have evolved with age.


22 MeLissa Rocco July 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

Here’s my post on my facebook page about the giveaway also. 🙂


23 Cindy B. July 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

My first alcoholic drink was Strawberry Wine Cooler…..Wow, this post really brought back memories.


24 Cindy B. July 7, 2012 at 11:33 am
25 Mary July 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I’m pretty certain my 21st birthday started off with margaritas at dinner. It went downhill from there.


26 julie July 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Congratulations!!! I invested in a Zoku popsicle maker this year but haven’t tried any of boozy ones!!

My first….Slow Gin Fizz. Can’t even come close to them today!

Thanks for the opportunity to win!


27 David E. July 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

My first legal drink of alcohol was Light bacardi and coke. It was my 21 birthday drink, at a bar that I had been illegally drinking at for several years. The owner of the bar didn’t think that it was very funny and 86ed me, for the rest of the night.


28 Terri July 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

My first drink was a wine cooler.


29 Kristin July 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I believe mine was a 7&7…I let an older guy friend pick out a drink for me and I’ve been hooked ever since!


30 Kate July 9, 2012 at 4:41 am

A Sex on the Beach …


31 Julia Barrett July 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

Congratulations!!!!! I am sure it was beer. But I don’t remember!


32 christa July 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm



33 Pam July 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Boones Farm Wine – Strawberry Hill – right from the bottle!


34 Suzi July 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I don’t remember my first legal drink! I do remember my first drink ever, but that was at age 19 or so. My first legal drink was probably something silly like rum and coke or vodka/cranberry. I was really into vodka/cranberry back then.


35 Jeanne in Toledo July 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

My first legal drink was a vodka and 7-up. It was a week after my 18th birthday and I drove to a bar and ordered it just because I could…


36 michelle July 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

kamikaze shooter!


37 strambinha July 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I was lucky enough to grow up in a country where it is not illegal to drink under age — therefore people learn to drink at home and restaurants with their parents, most people drink slowly, and stop drinking when they start getting too much of that happy feeling.

Since when I was 4 or 5, if I were coughing, my father would rather give me port wine instead of cough syrup. On special occasions like Christmas and Easter I would have a tiny glass of wine, and if it was too cold, a bit of port, or a hot chocolate with a tablespoon of cognac. I should also mention the occasional tiny sip into my mother’s Caipirinhas during the Summer.

My first cocktail was a Manhattan when I turned 15 years old. It is still my favourite.

When I came to live in the U.S. I was already over 21, and my first drink here was a Maker’s Mark bourbon, on the rocks.


38 Shelby @ Lady Gouda July 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

ERIN — I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I need some poptails in my life immediately. I have no recollection of my first legal drink but I bet it was cheap beer.


39 Lauren July 11, 2012 at 6:45 am

mudslide! yuuuum


40 Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine July 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

CONGRATS ON THE BOOK! That’s so fun! I hope someday I get to see the process from my own end 🙂

My first legal drink? Oh dear, I don’t quite remember. I think it may have been a tequila or rum shot at midnight when it turned into my 21st birthday.


41 Jenny July 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

CONGRATS!!! Weeeeee! First legal drink? I think a shot of SoCo and lime. EW.


42 Tara July 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

My first legal drink was an amaretto sour in La$ Vega$ at the stroke of midninght around a black jack table!


43 Rebecca July 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

In my midwestern hometown it was customary to celebrate your 21st on a bar crawl where all of the downtown bars (there were about 20 or so) participated in giving you their signature drink for free. You always started at Sandy’s bar where they presented you with their drink the “abortion” complete with mini hanger as decoration. I just remember that the primary base was vodka, with OJ and some grenadine for a red hue. I understand they’ve switched the drink –a bit of controversy about the name (you think?) to a different drink called the “Elk Creek.”

I somehow made it to 12 bars that night and enjoyed my first martini (cosmo) at Cliff’s -a martini bar. Oh had I wished that was my first legal drink instead!!


44 Cathy O'Connell July 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Mu first drink was a slow gin fizz. Wow that was a long time ago. Don’t think I could drink those now.
Good luck with your book.


45 Elizabeth Monteiro July 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My first drink was a fuzzy navel wine cooler and man did I have no idea what better there was available! I am happy for you Erin, this is a great accomplishment!!


46 Anna July 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

My first legal drink was a cosmopolitan! It was disgusting – ah youth 🙂


47 Michelle July 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Probably Captain Morgan’s with ginger ale? Hmm … The book looks delish! Congrats to you. xoxo


48 Denise July 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Rum & Coke!!! That was 40 years ago!! Got soooo sick,,,haven’t had one since!!! Yuk!


49 Jennifer July 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Whiskey Sour


50 Hänni July 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Hmmm, I think my first legally imbibed drink was either an Amaretto Sour or a Sweet Tart. My girlfriends went easy on me that night 🙂


51 Jess Montague July 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Cranberry juice and vodka – I’m sure it has a proper drink name, but it was my first and I no longer drank them by the time my eyes were opened to other (and much better) adult drinks 😉


52 Amy P. July 13, 2012 at 6:55 am

It was a shandy at the neighbour’s party. blerg


53 nicole @ i am a honey bee July 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

oh I don’t remember the drink! I did meet my friend at CPK for lunch so I did get something then but dodn’t remember what.
I did have Dom later that night. Enjoyed in a beer glass. I know- shameful!


54 Jenn July 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

It was a frozen margarita- before I learned they were better on the rocks!


55 Ashley Barrineau July 14, 2012 at 6:49 am

My first drink was fruity and delicious…but it is possible the rest of the night obscured the name of said drink 🙂


56 Holly B July 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Mine was a rum and coke 🙂


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