SUMMER IS HERE! Technically maybe not for a few more days, but at 10AM on Tuesday, our final exam of year 1 was finished and summer officially arrived. This summer has to be a great one, because it’s the only true summer break we get during dental school. To celebrate finishing the year and kick off summer ’10, I had a pool party at my parent’s house. Of course I wanted to make something special for my classmates, and mango mojito popsicles seemed like the perfect summery treat.
I really enjoyed these — they are tart yet sweet and definitely taste like a mojito. I don’t like when mojitos are too minty, so I think the addition of mango acts perfectly to tone down and compliment the mint. There’s hardly any rum in these since too much alcohol would prevent them from freezing, so making them non-alcoholic by substituting water would work perfectly fine. We were celebrating though, so the rum was definitely necessary!
I got these popsicle molds at Kmart — they were really cheap and I plan on using them again soon to make another fun popsicle. It can be tricky to get the pops out of the molds once they’re frozen, but you just have to be patient and either let them sit for about 5 minutes after removing them from the freezer or put them upside down in some warm water. They’re certainly worth the wait! Wanna bite?
Mango Mojito Popsicles
Adapted from Erin Cooks
3 cups fresh lime juice (I used about 20 small limes)
3 cups club soda
2 cups mango nectar
2/3 cup fresh mint leaves
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light rum
Recipe yields about 16 popsicles
– Mix together the lime juice, club soda, and mango nectar in a large pitcher and let it sit while you work on the next step
– Peel the lime and lemons and cut them into small wedges. Add to the pitcher along with the mint, sugar, and rum
– Mash all the ingredients together with a large wooden spoon
– Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 12 hours
– When ready to enjoy, let the pops sit out for 5 minutes or run them under warm water to release them from the molds
Although I didn’t think of this until after I did my shopping, I think dicing up a few mangoes and adding them to the mix would have been a great addition!