WHETHER AT THE company’s store in the Heights or its fantastic food truck, Le Pops has been our go-to shop for all things popsicle-y and delicious for years—and the primary source of many not-so-secret guilty pleasures. (A salted caramel pop dipped in chocolate is our jam, friends.) So it was really a no-brainer to ask Collier and Ashley East, Le Pops’ new owners, about the best popsicle recipes to please the kiddos (juicy watermelon) and kick it up a notch for the adults (margarita!) as summer moves into full swing. The best thing about both these recipes, the Easts say, is that they’re versatile. By adding optional ingredients like sliced fruit, or herbs such as mint or basil, you can give these tried-and-true pops a personal touch. When it comes to the adults’ popsicles, Collier and Ashley say to pay attention to the amount of alcohol used. Too much, and the pop won’t hold its shape. “It’s not necessarily a substitute for a margarita,” Ashley explains. “It’s just an amped-up treat.” Don’t wanna deal with the mess? Keep an eye out for a watermelon-flavored popsicle from the experts at Le Pops come July, and if the boozy pops are more your speed, contact the Easts (lepops.com/contact) for information on serving a buzz-worthy treat at your next private party or event.
1 ½ cups sugar*
2 cups water
2 limes, zested into strips using a sharp peeler
2 cups lime juice
3 tablespoons tequila
3 tablespoons orange liquor
Salt to taste
Options: Add strawberries, mangoes or watermelon.
Combine the sugar, water and lime strips in a saucepan. Bring to boil, and let cool. Remove the lime strips. Add the remaining ingredients. Adjust the flavors to your taste, especially if using additional ingredients. Pour into popsicle molds, and freeze. (Protip: Don’t overdo the alcohol, or the pops will either be too icy or won’t freeze.)
*Depending on how sweet or tart you like your margaritas, you might consider adjusting the sugar.
4 cups watermelon
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
Options: Use fresh mint or basil, replace lime with lemon, or replace some of the watermelon with cucumber.
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth (pulsing will help reduce foaming). Adjust the flavors to your taste. Pour into popsicle molds, and freeze.