don’t you just love summer? the warm weather, beach days, lazy sunday BBQ’s with fruit and summer fruit. i love everything summer has to offer and now with us coming into winter i am holding to what remaining of summer as tightly as i can! i picked up some amazing watermelon recently and i knew i needed to use the last of it before it went bad, so i thought what better way to hold on to that summer fruit than via a popsicle? so i made you these watermelon, cucumber & mint popsicles.
i know, it’s weird that we are heading into winter and i’m making popsicles right?? i get it Marc thinks i’m kinda bonkers but i just love popsicles and ice cream i eat them all year round! even when it’s freezing and i am wearing multiple layers of clothes i still want frozen treats! and these allow me to enjoy the taste of summer that much longer.
because there is no added sweetener in these they really capture the clean fresh flavours of the watermelon, cucumber and mint. my watermelon was super sweet so if yours is not as sweet add some honey or agave to the mix, just be careful and add a little at a time tasting until you get the sweetness you desire.
these pops are fantastic popped into a stemless wine glass with some prosecco, it’s like the easiest cocktail ever! the pop melts into the prosecco and gives it a delicate freshness. you can leave the pop to fully melt or just eat it! they are great served this way for parties as a light dessert. i am already thinking about a summer series of cocktail pops and ice creams!
what are you favourite cocktails?
i am a huge fan of fruity refreshing cocktails but heavy milky cocktails light white russians certainly hold a place in my heart as well.
if you are in the US or anyplace that is coming into summer i hope you try these, you will be getting some amazing watermelon during summer and if you like me are headed into winter – if you can find a nice sweet watermelon i implore you to try these! they are beautiful and with no added sugar healthy as well! a great alternative for sugar heavy brought popsicles for you kids
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watermelon, cucumber & mint popsicles
- 800 grams watermelon
- 1 green cucumber
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- 1 lime
chop the watermelon into chunks and place into your blender. peel the cucumber, remove the seeds, chop it into chunks and add it to the blender.
peel the cucumber, remove the seeds, chop it into chunks and add it to the blender.
roughly chop the mint and add it to the blender then juice the lime and pour the juice into the blender. blend all the ingredients until smooth.
at this stage i choose to strain my mixture. this step isn't necessary so feel free to skip it.
if you choose to strain in, line a mesh strainer with a triple layer of cheesecloth (or a clean mens handkerchief) and pour the mixture in, gather up the corners of the cloth and squeeze the liquid out - this will take a while so be patient.
once you have you liquid, pour it into a popsicle mould (i use this one) set the mould in the fridge for about 2 hours or until it starts to set them insert the popsicle sticks.
allow to 6 hours or overnight. to remove the pops from the mould, fill your sink or a large container with warm water - not hot- to just below the top of the mould you don't want the water to go into your pops. then carefully dip you mould into the water for 20-30 seconds then you should be able to easily remove the pops.
i like to remove all of the pops from the mould at this stage wrap them in baking paper and pop them into a zip lock bag in the freezer. enjoy!