The July Arizona heat is relentless and we’re always looking for ways to cool down. Lately we’ve been chilling out with these simple fresh, whole fruit watermelon ice pops that are so ridiculously simple to make! My daughter, Jax LOVES them. To her they are just popsicles but I know she’s loading up on hydration, vitamins and minerals every time she eats them so I don’t feel guilty when she reaches into the freezer for her third one of the day! It’s just watermelon and nothing more, no added sugar, no chemicals and no fuss to make them! You can put a stick in anything and it automatically becomes a treat for kids!
These watermelon pops are easily transformed into an adult frozen treat too. Simply soak them in a margarita-ish solution for an hour, letting them absorb some boozy goodness before freezing. BAM! Frozen watermelon margaritas on a stick. So fun. So refreshing.
We eat half of the watermelon fresh throughout the day and freeze the other half on sticks for a handy, portable treat we can grab every time we come inside from the incinerating outdoor heat.
The key to these frozen pops is in the way you cut the watermelon. Here’s how:
- Using a very sharp knife, cut your watermelon in half.
- Place one half of the watermelon cut side down on a cutting board.
- Cut watermelon across in 1 inch sections.
- Turn it around and cut in 1 inch sections the other way.
- Now you have perfect watermelon spears.
Be sure to watch the video to the end. My silly girl is destined to be a star and is honing her skills.
For the margarita solution I just eyeball everything. I don’t claim to be a bartender or mixologist so I don’t really know accurate measurements for a real margarita, I just add the basic components (tequila, simple syrup and lime juice) until it tastes good. I like to get fancy and add some coarsely textured sugar (raw sugar or turbinado work great) and some lime zest to make it pretty. If you prefer salted rims on your margs then nix the sugar and sprinkle on a little kosher salt.
Be sure to separate and clearly label your watermelon pops to distinguish them from the kid-friendly version. You definitely don’t want your kiddos helping themselves to boozy treats. No way!!
Enjoy your summer! Stay cool. (isn’t that how you signed everyone’s year book back in high school?)