'Poptails' recipes

  • Updated: July 19, 2013 - 1:13 PM

Gin Zing gets its fresh taste from cucumber and elderflower cordial.

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Beat the heat this summer with these cocktails on a stick.

GIN ZING

Makes 6 pops

• 2 ½ c. chopped cucumber

• 1 c. elderflower cordial

• ½ c. gin

Place the cucumber and elderflower cordial in a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. Pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and stir half of the pulp in the sieve back into the cucumber and elderflower juice. Mix in the gin until well combined, then pour into six frozen ice pop molds. Place the molds in the freezer. Let set for 3 hours, give it a good stir, insert the sticks and allow to freeze solid (about 4 more hours) or leave overnight.

Per pop: 160 calories (10 percent from fat).

POMEGRANATE, VANILLA AND VODKA

Makes 4 pops

• ½ vanilla bean

• ¼ c. super-fine sugar

• 1 ½ c. pomegranate juice

• 4 tbsp. vodka

Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and place pod and seeds in a saucepan with the sugar and ½ cup water. Slowly bring to a boil, allowing the sugar to dissolve. Let simmer gently for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Allow to infuse for 30 minutes. Remove the vanilla pod from the syrup and mix in the pomegranate juice and vodka. Pour into four frozen ice pop molds. Place the molds in the freezer. Let set for 2 hours, insert the sticks and allow to freeze until completely solid (about 4 more hours).

Per pop: 135 calories (1 percent from fat).

ENGLISH SUMMER CUP

Makes 6 pops

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