Give yourself the gift of boozy ice pops this summer
You know what's better than an ice pop? An ice pop that is completely on board with your loftiest summer goals. Read: One that will help you achieve an ideal level of tipsiness with friends on a lazy, sunny afternoon. These easy DIY ice pops may look sweet on the outside—packed with mango, blackberries, banana, and coconut milk—but they get the job done, thanks to a healthy pour of white rum. Here's how to do it.
Rescue that pint of sad blackberries from your fridge and put them right into a medium-sized sauce pan and turn the stove up to medium-high heat. Add about 1 Tbsp. of water and 1 Tbsp. of sugar, then let the mixture go. When the berry/sugar/water mixture reduces enough so that it resembles jam (we recommend stirring along the way to prevent burning at the bottom), transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
Here Comes the Rum
In a food processor, combine three cups of mango, one sliced banana, 2 oz. of white rum, 1 Tbsp. of lime juice, ⅓ cup of coconut milk, and a dash of salt. Let it whirl until smooth.
Get It Poppin'
If you've spent your whole life oohing and aahing at technicolor tie-dyed tees and vivid layers of Sand Art, this will be your favorite part of the process. In a sheet of plastic ice pop molds, fill about ¼ of the mold with the mango-rum mixture. Then pour in a layer of the blackberry jam. Alternate—mango, blackberry, mango, blackberry—until the mold is full.
The Big Freeze
The hardest part is over. Put the popsicle sticks in, cover the tray, and pop the rack in the freezer. Ignore the tray until the ice pops are frozen solid, around four hours. When you're ready, they can prove challenging to remove from the tray, so pro tip: Dip the mold in a bowl of warm water till they loosen enough to eat.
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