After a brief cool (and welcome--it is still technically spring for one more day!) down last week, it is hot and summer-y again this week. Time to make popsicles again! We are loving our homemade pop makers more than ever and it seems like whatever fresh produce we have on hand is what inspires our flavor combinations.
Last week I bought a whole watermelon, spurred on by a sale our local grocer was having on seedless melons. I brought one home, began to cut it up, and quickly realized just how much watermelon we were going to have! After sharing a good bit of it, we were still eating it and the watermelon started to look like this:
After watermelon is cut, it begins to lose some of the melon’s liquid. You can use this watermelon “water” to make a popsicle based on the idea of aguas frescas, literally, “fresh waters.”
Aguas frescas usually refers to a drink made of fruit and its liquid, sometimes water and sugar. I used the watermelon liquid and some fresh watermelon and mango to make our version of Aguas Frescas Popsicles.
Aguas Frescas Popsicles
1 cup fresh watermelon, diced and undrained
1 cup fresh mango
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup water
a few mint leaves (optional)
Pour the watermelon, watermelon liquid, sugar, water and mint leaves (if using) into a blender. Puree. Alternatively, you may use an immersion blender or food processor.
Pour into your popsicle molds, add a stick and freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight.
(Can be made into as many or as few as you wish. If you have leftover juice, it makes a tasty and very refreshing drink!)