Refreshing Recipes
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July 2, 2018
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Watermelon Margarita POPS!!
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        I CONFESS, I’D MUCH RATHER EAT MY CALORIES THAN DRINK THEM. So, wine, beer, or a even beautiful cocktail are all ok. But, put a slice of pie or ice cream in front of me, and that’s a whole other story.
        These spiked watermelon pops are a fun, easy option for someone, like me, who would prefer to eat their alcohol. THEY TASTE LIKE AN ICE COLD WATERMELON MARGARITA, with the added bonus of being able to eat it ON A STICK. They’re best served chilled right out of the fridge or freezer. And on a hot summer’s day, or for a 4th of July picnic, there’s nothing more refreshing.
        THIS RECIPE IS PRETTY MUCH A NO-BRAINER. You basically douse watermelon slices with a margarita, chill or freeze and serve, sprinkled with some flaky sea salt. Since they’re very cold, a popsicle stick inserted into the rind keeps everyone’s fingers from freezing and getting too sticky.
        I’ve given you my fave margarita recipe below, but THERE ARE NO RULES HERE. Use whatever tequila, flavorings and amounts you like. I love Patron silver, Cointreau and fresh lime juice myself. The one thing you might want to consider keeping is that sprinkle of flaky sea salt right before serving.
        These can easily be made non-alcoholic too. Just sub in some limeade or lemonade for the alcohol. And, if you do make some that are kid-friendly, cut them in different shapes, or try using different colored popsicle sticks, so you’ll know which ones are which.

        Lately in my local markets, even in the health food store, I’ve found mini watermelons. If you can find them, I like them best, because they’re seedless, and you can cut slices, and then cut those slices into 4 perfect pops. But, regular-size ones are fine too. You may have to cut the slice in longer rectangular pieces to make sure you have a piece of rind for the stick.
        ONE MORE THING: IF YOUR’E STUMPED ON HOW TO PICK A RIPE ONE ---My father used to spend a considerable amount of time, his kids thought too much time, thumping on watermelons --- Here’s some tips:

LESSONS Learned:
1. Check out the field spot. That’s the place where the watermelon sat on the ground as it grew. It should be a creamy, yellow color, not white. The darker the color, the better—it’s an indicator of a longer, sweeter growing time.
2. The watermelon should feel heavy for its size. That means that there is a lot of water inside---another good ripeness indicator.
3. Pick a dull looking one. Shiny means it’s not ripe yet.
4. Pick perfectly round or oval ones. If they’re misshapen, that means that they got varying amounts of water and sun while growing, which can lead to a less delicious fruit.
5. You can thump away on it with your knuckles, if you like. A ripe one will kind of bounce back. An under ripe or over ripe one will sound like a dull thud.
6. Did you know that there are little black sugar spots on ripe watermelons? That’s where the sugar is seeping out of the melon.
7. You might even see bee stings! Another good sign.

1. To make it easier to insert the popsicle stick, wiggle the knife up and down to make the opening a little larger.
2. If you decide to make non-alcoholic ones too, cut them in different shapes or use different colored popsicle sticks so that you can easily tell them apart.
3. Limes are sometimes hard to squeeze. Pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds, and you’ll get lots of juice.
4. It’s not necessary, but I do like to flip them a few times during the chilling process for even coverage.
5. Since there really are no rules here, freeze them, chill them in the fridge, or skip all that and just put them in a glass with the margarita mix for dunking.

Watermelon Margarita Pops

1 seedless mini watermelon
1/2 cup silver Tequila, I like Patron
1/3 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur
¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice, 2-3 limes
flaky sea salt such as Maldon, for sprinkling

For the non-alcoholic version:
1 cup limeade or lemonade
2 Tablespoons-¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice, or to taste

Make the pops:
        Cut the mini watermelon in half along the equator, Lay it on the flat side and carefully cut two 1 inch rounds from each half. You should have 4 rounds. Cut each round into 4 wedges. And then using a small knife, cut a slit in the bottom of the rind of each one. Wiggle the knife alittle to make a large enough opening and insert the popsicle stick.
        If you are making some non-alcoholic ones too, cut those into different shapes or use a different colored popsicle stick to tell them apart.
        In a 4 cup glass measuring cup or small bowl, combine the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. Place the watermelon slices on a rimmed sheet pan or split them between two large baking dishes. Pour the margarita mixture over the watermelon and place in the fridge or freezer. If desired, but not necessary, after every hour flip the pops. If they’re in the fridge, chill for 2 hours or up to overnight. Frozen ones, will take 3-4 hours to freeze, or pop them in the freezer overnight. they’re delicious partially frozen too. To serve, lightly sprinkle with the flaky sea salt.

Makes 16 pops.      YUM!
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