I rarely bother with imaginary food holidays (apparently this is National Hot Dog month?) but Billy over at Wit & Vinegar got more than a few people excited about #popsicleweek. Consider that party officially crashed.
Photography challenges aside, it’s the perfect time to celebrate frozen things on a stick. “Oppressive” is about the only apt descriptor for Savannah right now. Heat indexes in the hundreds err’day, unexpected thunderstorms sabotaging your walk home, and muggy muggy muggy with no relief. Margaritas on a stick are a welcome sight.
One thing I do love about the South is the melons. They’re just more melon-y here: slurpably juicy, fragrant, and sweet. Also, you can buy them out of the bed of a sagging old pickup in front of a car wash. And get some boiled peanuts out of a crockpot if you’re in the mood. (I never am.) And have you tried salt on watermelon? With just a sprinkling, you’re instantly reaching for that next luscious slice.
But you know what also goes well with salt? Limes. Tequila.
Southerners aren’t the only people in hot cultures who figured out that salt + sweetness is the path to refreshment. So naturally, I made the watermelon > salt > lime > tequila connection and we ended up here: watermelon margarita popsicles.
As a teenager, you may have known someone (or maybe it was you?) who made the unfortunate decision to tap into that vodka in their parents’ freezer and replace what they drank with water. They’ll never know, right? Until you reach that magical slushie equilibrium, that is. Busted! I worried a bit that these wouldn’t freeze with half a cup of tequila, but not to worry, it worked. The teenager in me is curious just how much booze you could get in here before the final product would require a straw, but that’s an experiment for another day. We’ve done poptails before and we can definitely go there again.
In honor of #popsicleweek and #instasweat, get some of these in your freezer pronto and thank yourself tomorrow. If tequila’s done you so wrong that even watermelon margarita popsicles can’t tempt you, try another recipe from the archives. Whatever your fancy, I’ve got you covered:
- about 4 cups cubed watermelon
- juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 Tablespoons simple syrup
- Blend all ingredients until smooth, taste, and add more salt if you like.
- Pour into popsicle molds. Insert sticks now if you're not too fussy about the sticks being perfectly straight, and freeze for 8 hours or until solid.
- If just the thought of cockeyed sticks makes you crazy, freeze for about 2 hours and then poke 'em in.