Watermelon Tequila Mint Popsicles w. a Champagne Float
Exactly one year ago, a friend texted me a picture from her trip to NYC. What was the picture you ask? Generous pours of champagne in wide, stemless glasses, garnished with boozy-filled, ice-cold popsicles. I was literally drooling. Both over the brilliance of it and with complete and utter jealously.
I’ve been thinking about alcohol-filled popsicles ever since. But last summer we were in the midst of a major move and trying to launch this sweet little website; and by the time I had time to feel creative and call on my deep longing for alcohol on a stick it was well into fall. And, trust me, I didn’t let the dream die easily, forcing Brian into endless sticky experiments with frozen apple cider and bourbon concoctions. We got one that worked, kind of. We learned the hard way in our fall liquor ice cube experiments that most alcohol doesn’t freeze, and if it does it takes a loooong time.
So, come summer, finding a way to actualize my champagne float alcohol popsicle drinks was top of my list. I also decided to the extreme blow to my pride that it was probably best to just start by perfecting and replicating someone else’s tried and true recipe. We did just that, BUT we’ll call it our own for the pairing with champagne (though I don’t think really anyone can take credit for pairing anything with the world’s most popular bubbly drink). It only felt right to feature popsicles during our ode to the pinnacle of summer: Watermelon Week.
In case you’re just joining us, before Memorial Day we kicked off our Summer Cocktail series and since then we’ve been working to add to the collection in order to make summer 2016 the. best. summer. ever. You’ve joined us for Watermelon Week because what summer is complete without consuming watermelon at every chance you get? We’re reveling in summer’s best fruit with fabulous watermelon cocktails.
Watermelon Tequila Mint Pops w. a Champagne Float
- 8 watermelon tequila mint popsicles
- 1 bottle of champagne
- Insert one popsicle into a stemless wine glass
- Add champagne
from Hungry Girl Por Vida
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup fresh mint, torn coarsely
- 4 cups watermelon, cubed
- juice of 2 limes
- 1/3 cup tequila
In a small saucepan combine water, sugar, and mint. Bring to a boil, to dissolve sugar, and boil 60 seconds. Remove from heat, and let steep 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and set syrup aside.
With a stick blender, regular blender, or food processor, puree the watermelon with the lime juice. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds and bits. Stir in tequila and mint syrup. Divide the mixture between popsicle molds, freeze for 30 minutes before adding sticks–continue to freeze until solid, 12-24 hours.