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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Aug 28, 2012

Watermelon Vodka Popsicles

Libations used: 1/2 cup vodka
Libations left over: Just wait for these popsicles to freeze, because they pack plenty of booze...
During these dog days of summer, popsicles often end up being meals for me.  And why not be effective and combine it with your cocktail?  Last summer, I made a ton of Campari & Orange Popsicles, which reminded me of a frozen version of an Americano.  I really should have been making more icy treats these past few months, but it had been rather cool and now the heat wave has inspired me.  Gilt Taste came out with some adult popsicle ideas at the beginning of the summer, and I opted for this Watermelon Vodka version.  Because my popsicle mold from the dollar store makes these baby pops, I like to pour the extra mixture into my King Ice Cube tray.  Just pop one of the giant ice cubes into a glass with soda water, and you have an instant cocktail.

Watermelon Vodka Popsicles - makes 8 3.5 oz popsicles
  • 4 cups watermelon, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 Tbs simple syrup
  • 3 Tbs fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- Add the watermelon, simple syrup, lime juice and vodka into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the mint and stir, or if you want the mint in smaller pieces, just gave the blender another little whirl.
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 6 hours.