pop goes the summer – strawberry-watermelon pops

by hungryrabbit on July 8, 2011

Strawberry-Watermelon Pops

Summer weather came early to New York City. We got blasts of hot humidity to rival Miami with a few more typical days in between. All it takes is one or two days of steam and I’m off balance. You’d think that a boy who grew up in the concrete jungle of semi-tropical Hong Kong could quickly adapt to a simmering Big Apple. Not so—I always need something cooling.

Two things support survival during Hong Kong summers:  encasing yourself in air-conditioning whenever possible and constantly hydrating yourself. Of course, like any other kids, I sought the coolness of Popsicles.

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Popsicles are easy to make, the flavors and combinations are endless. All you need are pop molds and you can make concoctions from kid-friendly treats to adult-party cocktails.

I thought my Popsicles would be a perfect solution for this month’s Abby’s Bake Together. She had asked us to make Strawberry Sorbet, our way. I combined strawberries, watermelon, lime, and a boost of tequila and pour the blend into pop molds. Cheers, take a lick of your Strawberry-Watermelon Boozy Pop.

Now that I’ve started to taste summer, I can’t wait for our annual trip to Ogunquit, Maine. There, M and I get to be lazy and lounge on the beach and then stroll in town for a Lobster Rolls and cocktails at sunset.

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Strawberry-Watermelon Popsicles

yield: 10 popsicles

Ingredients

1/2 pound halved hulled strawberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
2 pounds seedless watermelon
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1-2 tablespoons tequila or rum

Directions

1. Place strawberries, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cooked until thickened (loose jam-like), about 15 minute.

2. Puree watermelon in a blender. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl(discard solids). Stir in strawberry mixture. Add lime juice and tequila, stir to combine. (If you like a smooth texture, place everything back into the blender to combine.)

3. Pour mixture into ice-pop molds and insert sticks. Freeze pops until solid, 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

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Baker Street July 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

Refreshing. Gorgeous clicks Ken!

JenniferA July 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

I’ll take one with rum please! :-D

Simone July 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

O that’s a wonderful flavor Ken. I have popsicles in the freezer right now (raspberry ones) and was just about to take a few photos of them too. You’re right in terms of flavor there are so many options that it’s hard to choose… The only thing with popsicles is that sometimes I seem to be struggling to get them out. Is there a specific trick for that or just melt it a little and pull?

hungryrabbit July 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

I wrap a hot towel around it for 5 sec, makes it slide out easily.

foodwanderings July 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

I like the flavor combination but can you trust me around with boozy anything? Heck send one over STAT!

Barbara | Creative Culinary July 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

That Shulie? Well, she said it all…sounds perfect PLUS tequila! I’m in.

amelia from z tasty life July 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

…not only do it love the flavor combo (tantalizingly RRRRRed), but your presentation is summer at its best, with the pebbles reminding us of the fresh ocean water: lovely!!!

Móna Wise July 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

They look divine. I think I will mix mine with some rum….
And hope for sun!
xxx

Jamie July 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

Wow I think these are so pretty and LOVE the combo of flavors. Watermelon is fabulous like this and ooooh the pop of tequila is sooo adult. Very cool. Even in the cool summer weather we are having in Nantes. Love it Ken.

JeBouffe July 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

Thoses looks really refreshing.
Certainly a recipe to test this summer.

Thanks for sharing it.

Paul @ THE BASICS Magazine July 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

Every post and dessert just gets better and better! Love the way these frozen fruit pops look. Of course the probably taste a lot better!!!

Chef Dennis July 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

those popsicles sound too good, especially with the tequila! I hear you on the summer heat, Philly hasn’t been much better. I would love to tag along to Maine, it has been way too long since I have been up that way, Have a great time!

Kimber July 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

Beautiful photos! Those look deliciously refreshing!

Tom W. July 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

They look great where did you find those molds to make that design

hungryrabbit July 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

It’s Tovolo pop molds. They have several fun designs. Happy Popping!

Tristen July 11, 2011 at 7:57 am

I cannot wait to try these! I think I might try to make them today, since it’s pretty humid here in Boston. On a different note, I grew up going to Ogunquit (it’s been 36 years now since my parents first took me at age 5) and it’s one of my most favorite places on earth. I cannot wait to see the new renovations at Bread & Roses this year, and sit on the porch at Barnacle Billy’s, enjoying a lobster roll. Ah…. summer.

Brian @ A Thought For Food July 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

How did I miss this, Ken???? What a fantastic treat you’ve made here. I really love how popsicles have become the IT thing on food blogs. Because there really isn’t anything that can break the heat quite like licking on a tasty block of ice :-)

Jeanne @ CookSister! July 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

OMG I am LOVING the idea of a shot of tequila in there with all that fruit. Genius!! And such pretty popsicles too. Your holiday talk makes me envious ;o)

MikeVFMK July 12, 2011 at 7:28 am

Ken! Love the flavours of these popsicles! So perfect for these hot and humid days of summer. Beautiful!

Bakerbynature July 13, 2011 at 7:00 am

I want these pops to magically appear in my freezer, please?!

Val August 10, 2011 at 7:07 am

This totally has me considering buying those ice-lolly molds so that I can make these and other ice-lollies too. I didn’t realise just how simple they are to make. I also absolutley love the combination of strawberries with watermelon.

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