June 3, 2010

I entertained the other night and had a brain freeze when it came to dessert.  I had picked up some strawberries and ended up making Strawberry Fool (mascerated strawberries folding into whip cream) which presents nicely in vintage stemware but my apartment gets steamy when I cook, despite the blasting AC, so what I really wanted was a popsicle.  Popsicles are a hit with NYC Party Planners and for good reason. Easy to make and just plain fun for all, they are a crowd pleaser.  How fun to serve these at a dinner party instead of some fancy smancy thing that requires more dishes  than tiny kitchens can handle.

Serve dessert first!
Greet guests at the door with Emeril's Margaritta Pop (from Food Network)

Margarita Popsicles
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2004

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
4 hr 0 min
Cook Time:
3 min
4 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
  • Kosher salt, for garnish
  • Special Equipment: 4 small cups (recommended: Dixie), 4 popsicle sticks


Combine sugar, lime juice, water, lemon juice and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool transfer to a blender with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime wedge and process until smooth. Pour into the cups and cover the top of each cup with foil. Place the popsicle stick in center of cup (down through foil, which will hold it in place). Freeze until hard, preferably overnight. Remove from freezer and run cup under warm water to loosen popsicle. Garnish with kosher salt and serve.

You can eat it or wear it....
Tovolo Frozen Jewel Popsicle
$9.99 for set of 6 at Chef tools.

Holla it out!
Prepara Volcano Ice Pops
$8.99 for set of 4 at La Prima Shops.
What's fun about these is the center is hollow so jazz it up with whip cream or liqueor for an Adults Only treat.

Make this mocha pop by alternating coffee ice cubes over sweetened cream cubes on a coffee stirrer.  Inspiration from Icypops by Kystina Castella. 

Impatient to get the party started?  
Williams-Somona has this popsicle maker that creates one in 7 minutes!  
$49.95 at Williams-Sonoma

Books to inspire...

Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma

Pops!: Icy Treats for Everyone

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Henley on the Horn said...

I love popsicles because they are so refreshing and not fattening!

Cloverland Farm said...

so glad i'm ahead of the game...made popsicles shaped like rockets just last week!

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