grown up watermelon mint popsicles!!!!

This recipe for watermelon, vodka and mint popsicles (“poptails”) also works as a granita (adult snowcones!!).  Super easy, delicious and perfect for a hot July afternoon or balmy summer evening.  As you can see, they’re also beautiful.

makes 36 popcicles


8 cups cubed watermelon
4 peeled limes
1 cup fresh mint
3/4 cup vodka
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water

  1. Put sugar and water in a small pot.  Heat over medium high heat to a boil.  Turn heat down and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until syrup consistency is reached.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Puree watermelon, lime and mint in a blender.  Strain using a fine mesh sieve.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of cooled syrup and vodka to strained watermelon and lime.  Whisk thoroughly.
  4. For popsicles:  pour into popsicle molds, place in freezer for 18 hours or until set.
  5. For snowcones (granita):  pour into a 9″x 11″ dish.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the freezer.  Every 4 hours or so, use a fork to scrape the mixture.  Or, if you’re like me and can’t remember to check on it every 4 hours, freeze for about 12-18 hours.  Just before ready to serve, use a fork the roughly mash up any frozen chunks, making a granita texture.
  6. To make these kid friendly, use 1/2 cup water instead of vodka.  They will freeze much quicker!
  7. Enjoy responsibly!