Now that we’ve got the grill covered, we can’t forget one of the best summer night desserts – popsicles! Cool, sweet, delicious… and surprisingly easy to make. And don’t worry, moms and dads – even though this is usually kid territory, I’ve got a special recipe just for you!
For these homemade treats, you can get as fancy or simple as you like – no need for store bought molds (although, if you’re game for that, knock yourselves out – there are a ton of fun shapes available). Otherwise, paper cups (just tear them off once the popsicles are frozen), ice cube trays or even fancy-shaped glasses (run warm water over the glasses for a minute or two to loosen the ice) will do. You’ll need popsicles sticks, which you can fins at your local craft store.
This recipe for Watermelon Mint popsicles can be adjusted, Gourmet Dad style for grown ups and kids. Just leave out the tequila for the kiddos and you’ve got a dessert everyone will go bananas (er… watermelons?) for!
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1/3 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped or ripped
- 4 cups watermelon, cut into pieces
- juice of 2 limes
- (1/3 cup tequila for the adults!)
In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and mint and bring to a boil for about 60 seconds to dissolve the sugar. Once sugar is dissolved, remove and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain this mixture through a mesh sieve to get the syrup, then set this aside.
Next, puree the watermelon with the lime juice – you can use a blender or food processor, even a stick blender, whatever you have on hand. Again strain through the sieve to remove any seeds, etc. for the grown up version, now’s the time to stir in the tequila! Oh, and the mint syrup.
Divide the mixture between whichever popsicle molds you’ve chosen and freeze for 30 minutes, then add popsicle sticks and freeze again for another 12 to 24 hours or until solid.
Enjoy – and make sure you keep the grown up versions separate from the kid versions!
What’s your favorite popsicle flavor – and how do you make a grown up version?