Peach And Champagne Pops

8 pops

11/2 pounds peaches
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
3/4 cup champagne
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Put peaches in a large saucepan and cover them with boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Peel the peaches; halve them and remove the pits. Transfer the peaches to a food processor and coarsely puree. Pour into a medium bowl.

In a medium non-reactive saucepan bring the sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a boil over moderately high heat. Add 2 teaspoons of the lemon zest and let simmer about three minutes. Remove from the heat and set the syrup aside for about 10 minutes.

Strain the syrup into the peach puree and blend well. Add the champagne, the lemon juice and the remaining 1 teaspoon lemon zest.

Stir well. Refrigerate until chilled. Pour into molds. Freeze until slushy, about 30 minutes. Insert sticks and freeze overnight.