Tuesday, September 3, 2013

MAKE: Watermelon, Mint, Cucumber Pops

According to my thermometer....summer is still kicking. So here I am to present to you a very summer oriented recipe in September. These are super refreshing and might....just might....be my favorite popsicles I've experimented with so far. You see, this whole summer my popsicle maker has been my go-to tool when I'm feeling bored or uninspired in the kitchen. I love trying new flavor combinations-- they are seriously endless. Have some juice in the fridge, leftover ginger, or herbs? Invent a popsicle! Some have been not-so-tasty....but it is always fun. These, however, are awesome. Also, simple syrup is a very handy tool for making cocktails and sodas if that's your sorta thing. It's a nice recipe to have up your sleeve, so you might as well learn now!

1/2 a med. size cucumber (peeled and chopped)
1/2 cup of mint infused simple syrup (see recipe below)
2 fresh mint leaves
4 large slices of watermelon, or about 2 cups (seeded, and cut off the rind)

For mint infused simple syrup:
1/2 cup of sugar (I like to use turbinado)
1/2 cup of water
1 sprig of mint
In a medium sauce pan combine sugar, water and sprig of mint. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Remove mint sprig before blending.

For popsicles:
Blend mint simple syrup, watermelon, cucumber and 2 mint leaves in a food processor or blender  until smooth.
Taste and add additional sweetness if desired.
pour into your popsicle molds or popsicle making device.
Let freeze for appropriate amount of time.

Note: I used my Zoku Quick Pop maker for these pops, but you can use any popsicle mold you may have at home. Since mine only makes 3 pops at a time, I saved the leftover mixture in the fridge for up to two days and made new ones whenever I craved another sweet treat! The recipe made around 10 total pops for me, but this may vary depending on the size and shape of your molds! 

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