Cucumber Lime Cocktail Ice Pops

Cocktail on a stick

These cocktail Ice Pops were refreshing chilled summer treat!! Yes, you read it right, Cocktail Ice Pops!!, as if cocktails in pretty glasses were not enough! I am an ice pops fanatic in summers and wanted to try something different than just freezing fruits. My freezer always has some seasonal frozen fruit pops, like cherry, strawberry, mango!!! Fruit popsicles help me control sugar in-take for Vishal and saves me from spooning egg-based ice creams (which Vishal adores!!). Even though, I don’t hate ice creams, I am not an everyday dessert person or if I eat something very sweet, I would need a glass full of water just after pampering my sweet-tooth. Not that exciting, right? On the opposite side, Vishal will eat ice-cream every day until it lasts in freezer!! So I prefer not to keep ice creams around my kitchen, not even in summers. Well, fact is, its fine to pamper your sweet-tooth once-in-a-while, eating everything in moderation is always ok. Hence, I often have fruit, fruit and low-fat yogurt, fruit and coconut milk kinda frozen treats in freezer. This year, I also want to try...
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Idle Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 10 Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Mint (leaves coarsely chopped, plus 10 more leaves for garnish)
  • 2 tsp Lime (finely grated zest of two limes)
  • 1 Cucumber (large, peeled, seeded and pureed, about 1.5 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp Gelatin (unflavored and powdered)
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Lime (fresh juice of about 3 limes)
  • 1/4 Cup Gin

Directions

  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar with 1/4 cup of water and the mint and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Zest and juice the limes.
  • 3. Puree the cucumbers. Also, in a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1 tablespoon of water; let stand until softened, 5 minutes. Microwave the mixture at high power for 8 seconds, until the gelatin dissolves
  • 4. Strain the mint syrup in cucumber puree and whisk in the lime zest, lime juice, gin and gelatin.
  • 5. Arrange ten 2 ounce paper or silicon cups on a baking sheet. Pour the popsicle mixture into the cups and freeze for 1 hour, until partially frozen, Insert a stick in the center of each cup and freeze for 30 minutes longer, until fully frozen. remove from the cup and serve.
    Additional Notes:
    I dotted each cup with one mint leaf. Just press it once if it tries to float on surface. Totally optional, but I love the strong minty surprise as popsicle melts in mouth!!!
  • 6. P.S. You can also freeze 8 of them and enjoy rest poured over ice with some sparkling water. Refreshing!!!

Savita's Notes:

This cocktail on a stick is especially refreshing on a blazing-hot day. Gelatin is secret ingredient in the mixture to prevent pops from melting too quickly.
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2 comment(s)

Tasty! I would try it with a nice limonade like this one http://www.urban-drinks.co.uk/Soft-Drinks/Cucumis-Cucumber-24x033L::2487.html
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