Fireworks, sparklers, a backyard barbecue, plenty of watermelon and an icy treat. These are fourth of July memories of my youth and some I still like to continue as an adult. The backyard has disappeared into the streets of Brooklyn and that list usually includes adult beverages but the fourth is still one of my favorite holidays. One major reason is because 9 years ago I met my hubby at a fourth of July party at the Brooklyn Brewery! We always try to plan something fun and special to do together that day. Our plans are still undecided but at least I have my virtual party with my favorite holiday food party blogger friends today!
In the tradition of my last two posts with this lovely group I get to say my favorite disclaimer “These ice pops are for adults 21 and over ONLY.” That’s right, more booze in the food is coming your way. When I say Watermelon Mojito Ice Pops, I mean the mojito part! Yes, yes, you could leave the rum out but where is the fun in that?
Made from pureed watermelon, plenty of fresh mint and just enough cane sugar to make it sweet this is frozen summer on a stick. Notice the gradient colors in the ice pops? That’s because I chose not to strain the watermelon pulp. Despite constantly stirring my mixture while pouring it into the molds it still separated into watermelon juice on the top (technically bottom) and pulp on the bottom. Personally I love the look, and it ends up with two different tastes and textures as you eat it.Berry Cheesecake Crumb Tart from Hungry Couple NYC 2. California Burgers from That Skinny Chick Can Bake 3. 4th of July Ice Cream Cones from Roxana’s Home Baking 4. Red, White & Blueberry Parfaits from Cravings of a Lunatic 5. Red, White & Blue Deviled Eggs from Created by Diane 6. Summer Berry Pizza from Magnolia Days 7. Sparkling Pineapple Cake Martini from The Messy Baker 8. Red, White & Bleu Mac ‘N Cheese from Juanita’s Cocina 9. Red, White & Blue Vanilla Bean Spritzers from Pineapple and Coconut 10. Red, White & Blue S’mores Pies from Big Bears Wife 11. Lemon Raspberry Sugarless Cookies from What Smells so Good 12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Squares from Chocolate Moosey 13. Berry Trifle from Jen’s Favorite Cookies 14. Watermelon Mojito Ice Pops from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup cane sugar
- 4 cups chopped fresh seedless watermelon
- 1 cup fresh mint
- ¼ cup rum
- juice from 2 limes
- popsicle molds
- In a small saucepan bring to boil the water and cane sugar to make a simple syrup. Remove from heat once the cane sugar has fully dissolved.
- In your blender, place the watermelon, mint, simple syrup, rum and lime juice. Blend until completely pureed.
- Pour into your popsicle molds - you may need to stir occasionally as you pour since the mixture will separate.
- Freeze for up to 4 hours or overnight and enjoy.
I used a mold that contained 10 popsicles and had a little liquid leftover.