This will take a couple of days to put together because you have to soak the fruit in the alcohol and it takes longer to freeze, but it is well worth the wait.
Step 1: Tequila Pops
Freezer Safe Tray
1 package plastic shot glasses
popsicle sticks or bamboo skewers
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
1 (10 ounce) jar mandarin oranges
1 bottle grenadine
Your first step is to drain the maraschino cherries and mandarin oranges. Save the juices for another use or discard. Add Tequila to the jar of mandarin oranges, enough to cover the fruit. Add Triple Sec to the maraschino cherries, enough to cover the fruit. (Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture of this step). Place the jars in the refrigerator at least 24 hours to give the fruit time to absorb the alcohol.
The length of time for this step depends upon your freezer. The first time I made these, the first freezing step took approximately 30 minutes. This time, it was a very hot humid day and my freezer does not perform well under those conditions. It took over 2 hours to get to the desired level of frozen. You want these mostly frozen, but not completely.
You can use popsicle sticks if you prefer or even lollipop sticks. Since I was taking these to a party, I chose the skewers. Whatever you chose must be food grade. I almost bought the craft popsicle sticks at Walmart until I saw in the fine print that they were not food grade.
Place tray back in the freezer for a minimum of 12 hours. The longer the better.
Be sure to let everyone know that these contain alcohol.
Note: The first time I made these, I used plastic test tubes that I got at a barstore and a rack to hold the tubes upright. I forgot to get the popsicle sticks, so I rushed to the grocery store and bought plastic coffee stirrers. The pops were a big hit, but the plastic sticks tended to pull from the pop, so most people waited until the pop was partially defrosted and half drank, half ate the pops.