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popsicles

The Dish: Cocktail Popsicles

Stay cool by the pool this summer with these adult popsicles. Of course you can make them non-alcoholic and they’ll still be delicious but that little extra kick just makes them so much more special.

This recipe for super simple strawberry margarita popsicles is amazing! Replace the alcohol with the same amount of sprite or fruit juice for the kiddos. Use different color sticks to tell the difference. For an added margarita touch, sprinkle a little course salt on the pops when you take them out of the molds.

Invest in a popsicle mold. Seriously. I bought one a few years ago and it’s one of the best purchases I ever made. They’re so cheap but a wonderful investment. Instead of buying popsicles all summer make your own in any flavor you want! They’re healthier and take no time at all to make.

Look for the original of this recipe and many more summer treats on my Pinterest page, Scottsdale Living: The Dish.

Strawberry Margarita Popsicles

yields 18-20 cocktail Popsicles (2-1/4 ounce Popsicle)

1-1/2 oranges (about 2 medium-size oranges)
12 ounces strawberries (about 12 medium strawberries)
5 ounces tequila
3 ounces triple sec

1 tsp course sea salt

*Liquid should total 8 ounces if you’re substituting alcohol for soda or juice

Instructions:

Cut and skin oranges into small pieces. Halve strawberries. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Pulse until pureed, about 30 to 40 seconds. Mixture will be slightly pulpy. Do not strain. The fruit pieces will help the alcohol to freeze.

Pour mixture into preferred Popsicle mold.

If you do not have reusable plastic molds, place foil on top of form and score edges with finger. Using the tip of a knife, gently pierce the foil in the middle of each well to create a hole for the Popsicle stick.

Insert Popsicle stick and transfer mold to freezer to set.

Remove frozen margarita Popsicles from freezer and run hot water on the outside of mold for two to three seconds to release Popsicles. Careful not to melt the popsicles.

If desired, sprinkle a little course salt on the pops for an extra margarita touch.

Photo and recipe courtesy of SheKnows.com

citrus platter

The Dish: Citrus Salad with Star Anise

Any Arizona native can tell you that this is the best time of year for citrus and for the month of January I’ll be giving you refreshing, pucker worthy recipes to utilize these tangy fruits.

To start off the new year right, try this light simple salad. Splash it with your favorite anise liqueur like Ouzo for dessert or try something exotic that pairs great with citrus like Arak. You can skip the hooch all together and serve over Greek yogurt and some granola for a healthy breakfast.

This recipe uses blood oranges and pink grapefruits but navel oranges and tangerines would be great additions as well. Toss in a cinnamon stick or some cardamom pods to the syrup for a lovely floral flavor.

Citrus Salad with Star Anise

Makes 8 servings

4 blood oranges

5 ruby red or pink grapefruits

3 whole star anises

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup water

Dissolve sugar in water in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring. Add star anise and simmer 5 minutes. Let stand off heat 30 minutes.

Peel fruit, including white pith, with a sharp knife. Cut segments free from membranes or slice lengthwise into a bowl. Squeeze any excess juice into bowl.

Add syrup with star anise to fruit and juice and stir gently. Remove star anise before serving if desired.

Salad can be prepared 1 day ahead, covered with plastic and chilled.

Click below for a printable version of this recipe

Citurs Salad with Star Anise