It is truly finally summertime, which means it’s hot out there. We had a beautiful weekend, and spent all of Sunday outside staining the railings of our new deck. It’ll take a few weekends of staining, but it’s almost completely done. The problem has been waiting until we had a dry span of days to do it, as we’ve had a slew of not just rain, but severe storms. But alas, I think we’ve earned the right to get some gorgeous days and warm weather.
I made these popsicles last week and was really looking forward to eating them on a hot day. We definitely worked hard, so they were a nice and refreshing treat to take a break with. Better yet, they are slightly boozy! I hesitated to put too much vodka in them because I wanted to be sure they froze, but next time, I think I’ll be adding just a skosh more.
The great thing about these popsicles is that you know exactly what went into them, and it’s not some weird cousin of sugar that you can’t quite pronounce. I went to the store the very morning I saw this recipe posted on Thug Kitchen. I actually got ingredients to make both the mango pineapple popsicles and the blueberry peach popsicles. After already adding the vodka, I thought that coconut rum would have been a better addition in these. Oh well, next time.
But wait, I sort of had that opportunity! I didn’t have enough popsicle molds to use up all the mix and I had about 1 cup left. Nate was planning to make us daiquiris for dessert on Sunday, so instead of using a mix, we just used the leftover popsicle mix, added a few more pineapple slices, Malibu rum, and ice. Hit blend on the Ninja for a few seconds, and you have yourself a lovely pineapple daiquiri. There’s no end to our creativity!
The popsicles would be a super fun treat to serve your friends after they’ve helped you do some horrid job that only your good friends (or family) would volunteer to help with. I suppose they’d be good for a summer party, too, but make sure your guests work for them. They’re worth it!
Mango Pineapple Popsicles
Source: Adapted from Thug Kitchen
Servings: Makes about 4 cups
2 ripe mangos, skinned and cut into chunks
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup yogurt (I used Light and Fit Vanilla, but you can use your favorite)
2 1/2 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup vodka or rum (optional)
1. Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust any ingredients as desired.
2. Pour mixture into your molds and let freeze until solid, at least 8 hours. As stated on Thug Kitchen, don’t give up if you don’t have popsicle molds. You can use paper cups and popsicle sticks, or even fill up your ice-cube tray and use toothpicks. You might need to freeze for an hour or so before putting in the popsicle sticks or toothpicks so they stand up straight. If you have leftover mix, feel free to blend yourself up a daiquiri!