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Mojito-Watermelon Pops
© Christina Holmes

Mojito-Watermelon Pops

  • ACTIVE: 40 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 6 HRS
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Boozy pops are desserts that double as cocktails. This one layers 
a minty mojito 
with vodka-spiked watermelon juice.

Slideshow: Frozen Drinks

mojito layer

  1. 5 ounces Simple Syrup (see Note)
  2. 4 ounces water
  3. 2 1/4 ounces light rum
  4. 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  5. 3 tablespoons packed mint leaves
  6. 1/4 ounce lime cordial
  7. 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (see Note)

watermelon layer

  1. 10 ounces watermelon juice
  2. 2 ounces light agave nectar
  3. 1 1/2 ounces citron vodka
  4. 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  5. 1/4 ounce lime cordial
  6. Pinch of kosher salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (see Note)
  1. MAKE THE MOJITO LAYER In a blender, puree all of the ingredients except the xanthan gum on high speed until smooth and bright green, about 30 seconds. Pour into a bowl. Slowly sprinkle the xanthan gum over while quickly whisking, until slightly thickened and foamy. Let rest for 15 minutes, then skim any foam. Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mojito layer into eight 3-ounce popsicle molds or paper cups. Freeze until almost firm, 1 hour. Poke a popsicle stick into the center of each.
  2. MAKE THE WATERMELON LAYER In another bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the xanthan gum. Slowly sprinkle the xanthan gum over while quickly whisking, until slightly thickened. Let rest, then skim.
  3. Carefully add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the watermelon layer to the mojito layer in the molds. Freeze until almost firm, 1 hour. Pour the remaining mojito mixture on top and freeze until almost firm, 1 hour. Top with the remaining watermelon layer and freeze until firm, 2 hours. Unmold and serve.
Notes The thickening agent xanthan gum is available at many supermarkets and on amazon.com. Simple Syrup: In a saucepan, simmer 4 ounces of water with 1/2 cup of sugar over moderate heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes; let cool. Refrigerate for up to 1 month. Makes about 6 ounces.
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