Summers around here generally consist of short shorts, cold beer, and a blanket and umbrella thrown in the back of the car headed for the beach. Last weekend was a doozy of a summer preview. Mid-eighty degree temperatures had me craving all of the above, and while I didn’t make it out of the backyard, I did read a fantastic book and made you these popsicles. You’re welcome.
It was CINCO DE MAYO!!!! and my thoughts turned to tacos, tequila, and Tapatio (the trifecta in our house). Tacos were consumed, guacamole was devoured, and while I layed off the tequila (probably wise – I’m such a light weight), I did indulge in a beer to wash everything down. And then I had an ice pop for dessert.
I made these ice pops with some of my favorite things: limes, meyer lemon juice, and ginger. The ginger gives it a little kick, while smooth honey sweetens everything up without the use of refined sugar. I plan on having a stash of these in my freezer all summer long. You never know when the heat is going to sneak up around here, so it’s good to be equipped with frozen treats to hand out to friends on a hot day. They just might reciprocate with a cold beer. Win-win.
I wanted to try something new: combining my illustrations with my recipe posts. I made a little illustrated recipe card for these ice pops. Let me know what you think. I might keep doing them, if for nothing else than to keep practicing, which is always a good thing.
Fiesta Ice Pops
Makes 4 popsicles
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice
2-inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated
Zest of 1 lime
1/2 cup honey-ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to combine. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and freeze.
Honey-Ginger Simple Syrup
Makes about 2 cups
2 cups water
1 cup honey or agave syrup
6-inch knob of ginger, chopped
In a small saucepan, combine water and honey or agave syrup. Heat over medium flame until the syrup is dissolved. Add the sliced ginger and simmer over very low flame for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Strain and and let cool completely to room temperature.
You will have some syrup leftover after making the ice pops. Suggestion? Make homemade ginger ale! Just combine 1 cup club soda, 3 Tbsp ginger syrup, and ice. Squeeze a lime over the top and enjoy!