When I was a kid we were never bored in the summer. We spent the days we were stuck in the house trying out new recipes. Our favorite summer treat to experiment with were popsicles. Whatever juices, fruits, or sweet syrupy goodness were in the house would somehow make it into these frozen treats. Once our pops were ready we would hand them out to anyone willing to them try them as they passed by the house and most people loved them.
First up for the summer entertaining series is obviously popsicles. The joy with entertaining with popsicles is that you can customize them to your guest’s liking, mix some flavors you wouldn’t dare try normally, or sneak a little alcohol in there for you 21 and over guests.
So here a few popsicle recipes that my family loves to make that you should try out this summer (now that were a little older and know our way around the kitchen). Feel free to add your own little twist to them if there not what you were hoping for.
Ginger Peach Lemonade Popsicles
½ c. 4C ginger lemonade
1 c water
2 ripe peaches
½ c. sugar
1.Combine ginger lemonade mix, water, and sugar in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to low. Allow syrup to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool.
2. Add peaches and syrup to blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid
Mint Berry Popsicles
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blackberries
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh mint
1. Combine raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and sliced strawberries with the lemon juice and mint in a mixing bowl.
2.Mash the berries a bit with the back of a large wooden spoon. Let this mixture sit for about a half hour to marinate.
3. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool for about five minutes, then mix with the berry mixture.
4. Pour the berry mixture into your popsicle molds. Freeze for six hours and enjoy.
Strawberry Mango Popsicles
2 cup ripe mango, chopped
2 cup ripe strawberries
1 ½ c. Greek yogurt
½ c. milk
2 tbspn sugar
2 tbspn honey
1. Combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
To get them out, run hot water around the outside of the molds.