Tuesday, June 7, 2011

sunday sweets {thrills}

Better late than never, right?

As I've mentioned in previous posts, it's extremely hot here in Savannah. Despite this, Jacob and I have been trying to spend a lot of time outside, either at the beach, kayaking, or in the backyard. So, sometimes we need something to help us cool down, and the ice cream truck isn't always around. This sweet is perfect for that.

I'm sure you're familiar with ice push-pops, popsicles, and ice cones, but this is slightly different. These are slightly... what's the word I'm looking for? ... ghetto. In the best possible way. Many times people use Kool Aid for the liquid in this, I chose to use pineapple juice because I don't really like my desserts to be too sweet, but if you have a serious sweet tooth, then by all means go for it.

These are super easy to make and they're so refreshing. My favorite part about them is that the fruit is kept chunky, so you're not just scooping out flavored ice, but chunks of strawberries and pineapple. For these I chose to do both a strawberry/pineapple/gin and then a pineapple rum version. Of course these can be made non-alcoholic too, but where's the fun in that?

Frozen Strawberries and Pineapples {you can use other fruit as well}
one large can pineapple juice
your favorite liquor {to taste}
plastic cups and popsicle sticks

Run warm water over the fruit, you don't want them to be completely frozen. Place pineapple and strawberries in two separate bowls. Add about a cup or two of pineapple juice to each bowl. Use a stick blender to blend up the fruit, but make sure to leave it chunky.
Add the remainder of the pineapple juice to each bowl, dividing them equally. Add liquor to each if you would like, starting with about half a cup and then adding depending on how boozy you would like it. Divide mixtures evenly amongst 6 plastic cups {3 for each flavor}. Place cups in the freezer, after a couple of hours, when the mixtures are beginning to freeze {slushy stage} place one popsicle stick in each cup's center. Keep in freezer until completely frozen.


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