I had the privilege recently of spending some time with Valencia Hotel Group around Texas. I love the hospitality I received on my stays. They also have enough Texas experience to anticipate a hot summer—and have a creative solution to make your summer a little chill and a whole lot sweeter. Each hotel is offering Poptails all summer long. These adult-only popsicles will add some sizzle to your summer. I wanted to share some Poptails from a couple of the hotels, along with the recipe for each yummy offering. I recommend visiting each hotel and you’ll be able to check out my profile on some of them in the coming weeks here on Wander. Start your summer off right with some adult poptails.

Texican Court in Irving/Las Colinas

We’ll start just down the street from my own home here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Texican Court is in the Las Colinas area of Irving, across the street from Toyota Music Factory and the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

Valencia Hotel Poptails

Pick up a Poptail and cool down at Texican Court in Irving/Las Colinas. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Texican Court offers several Poptails that celebrate everything Texas.

Mexican Candy Poptail

  • 1.75 oz Silver Tequila
  • ½ oz Watermelon Liquor
  • 3 dashes Texican Hot Sauce
  • 2 oz Sprite
  • Mango or Lime Popsicle
  • Tajin Rim Garnished with a Lime Wedge
Valencia Hotel Poptails

Mexican Candy Poptail at Texican Court in Irving/Las Colinas. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Mellow Yellow Poptail

  • 1.75 oz Cucumber Mint Vodka
  • 3 oz Lemonade
  • Lemon Popsicle
  • Garnish with Sliced Cucumber and Pineapple Wedge
Valencia Hotel Poptails

Mellow Yellow Poptail at Texican Court in Irving/Las Colinas. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Pineapple Breeze Poptail

  • 1.75 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz Midori
  • 2 oz Pineapple juice
  • Pineapple popsicle
  • Garnish with Basil and Luxardo Cherries
Valencia Hotel Poptails

Pineapple Breeze Poptail at Texican Court in Irving/Las Colinas. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Hotel Alessandra in Houston

I spent two nights at Hotel Alessandra right in downtown Houston. This was an amazing stay and I highly recommend it as your home base for exploring Houston. The rooms are delightful, the food is great, but the staff here at Hotel Alessandra goes above and beyond.

Hotel Alessandra is on Dallas Street in downtown Houston. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Hotel Alessandra is on Dallas Street in downtown Houston. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

One of my favorite spots at Hotel Alessandra (besides the small spa that I’ll cover more fully in another article), was the pool deck. It’s such a great space with beautiful city views. That’s where you can chill this summer and order up one of the Poptails at Hotel Alessandra.

Rooftop pool at Houston's Hotel Alessandra. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Rooftop pool at Houston’s Hotel Alessandra. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Strawberry Greyhound Poptail

This recipe makes about 20 popsicles. Sounds like a party waiting to happen!

Strawberry Greyhound Poptail at Hotel Alessandra

Strawberry Greyhound Poptail at Hotel Alessandra. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Ingredients
  • 5 oz Absolut Grapefruit
  • 8 oz REAL Strawberry Infused Syrup
  • 8 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • 8 oz Water
Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a bucket and mix well.
  2. Pour as needed into a popsicle form or single serve bags.

Watermelon Mojito Poptail

This is another recipe for 20 popsicles. It’s all about choices, right?

Watermelon Mojito Poptail at Hotel Alessandra. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Watermelon Mojito Poptail at Hotel Alessandra. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Ingredients
  • 8 oz Malibu Lime
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • 8 oz Watermelon Juice (approximately 2.5 cups of fruit)
  • 1 oz Mint Syrup
  • 16 oz Soda Water
Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a bucket and mix well.
  2. Pour as needed into a popsicle form or single serve bags.

Party with a Poptail at Valencia Hotel Group Locations in Texas

The other locations of Valencia Hotel Group are also celebrating summer with Poptails. Each location offers different fun summer flavors. And…there are summer kickoff parties open to the public. This gives you a chance to sample these delicious adult popsicles.

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk San Antonio

Party at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio during the kickoff party on June 6, 2019. Join the fun at Dorrego’s Bar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Poptail options at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Poptail options at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Cavalry Court in College Station

Check out the fun at Canteen Bar & Grill at Cavalry Court, located across from Texas A&M University in College Station. The summer kick-off party to check out the adult-only popsicles is June 6, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Poptail options at Cavalry Court in College Station. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Poptail options at Cavalry Court in College Station. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

You can also cross the courtyard from Cavalry Court to check out The George in College Station. The George is offering a different selection of refreshing summer Poptails.

Poptail options at The George in College Station. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Poptail options at The George in College Station. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Lone Star Court in Austin

You can head to Lone Star Court in Austin to sample their three summer Poptails: Lone Star Sunrise, Sour Grapes, and Cherry Mint Freeze. You can check these out at the public kick-off party on Friday, May 24, from 9 to 11 p.m.

Enjoy a summer poptail at Lone Star Court in Austin. Left to right: Lone Star Sunrise, Sour Grapes, and Cherry Mint Freeze. Photo by Hayden Walker courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Enjoy a summer Poptail at Lone Star Court in Austin. Left to right: Lone Star Sunrise, Sour Grapes, and Cherry Mint Freeze. Photo by Hayden Walker courtesy Valencia Hotel Group

Get Away This Summer in Texas

I love the fun vibe I discovered at each of the hotels I visited that are part of the Valencia Hotel Group. This is a fun way to chill this summer and check out the great hospitality and fun vibe waiting for you at each hotel. You can see all the options for where to visit on their website and be sure to check back here for a review of the ones Wander has had a chance to experience. Have a chill summer, ya’ll!

The Texas flag book wall in the lobby of The George in College Station. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group.

The Texas flag book wall in the lobby of The George in College Station. Photo courtesy Valencia Hotel Group.


As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations, meals and other compensation for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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