All Fruit Popsicles

Watermelon PopsicleIt is summer time. Days of 100 F degree weather are the norm here. The nice thing about summer is the abundance of fruit available. And I tend to buy more than we can eat before they go bad. Here is a great way to use some of your extra fruit up and a healthy alternative to store bought corn syrup and whatever else popsicles.  Plus, who doesn’t like a nice cold popsicle on a hot day? If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use plastic cups and popsicles sticks with cling wrap to hold them in place. Feel free to switch up your ingredients. I just used what I had on hand, but there are tons of different combinations out there. This recipe yields 6.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups watermelon chunks
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 nectarine, sliced
  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberriesWatermelon Popsicle 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a blender, puree the watermelon chunks.
  2.  Watermelon Popsicle 1
  3. Fill 1/4 of your molds with watermelon puree.
  4. Add equal amounts of each fruit into the molds. Watermelon Popsicle 3
  5. Pour the rest of the watermelon puree to the fill line on each of the molds. Watermelon Popsicle 4
  6. Freeze your filled molds for 4 to 6 hours; overnight is best. Watermelon Popsicle

Watermelon Mint Refresher

Watermelon Mint RefresherOne of the things I like on a hot summer day is a nice cold slice of watermelon. So why not take it to the next level and make an icy cold watermelon refreshing beverage? I used ginger ale for this version. But you can most certainly make this an adult drink and substitute rum or tequila. And instead of using ice cubes, try putting some watermelon chunks on a baking tray for a few hours in the freezer and use these watermelon “ice cubes” instead.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups seedless watermelon chunks for blending; Additional 1 cup to freeze for watermelon ice cubes (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups ginger ale (12 oz can) or liquor of choice
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a blender, puree the watermelon, ginger ale (or liquor) and lime juice.
  2. Strain if desired. And pour into a pitcher.
  3. Stir in the mint and serve over ice. (Or watermelon ice cubes.)

This should yield 4 servings.

Watermelon Mint Refresher Ingredients