Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Art of the Frozen Cocktail: Pometini Popsicle

Our neighbors have recently started a summer Friday night happy hour and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out a Pometini popsicle.

Last winter I found this single subject book called Pops! by Kristina Castella. Even though it is little, it is jam-packed with inspiring photos and recipes for various kinds of popsicles beyond freezing juice. It's available on Amazon here. There’s a chapter on frozen alcoholic popsicles- which can be tricky because alcohol doesn’t freeze! So, you really need to get the proportions right or you will end up with a slushie instead- which actually isn’t too bad either.

So for this popsicle (yes, it was my second try after a prior failed attempt) I followed more closely to the book recommendations for juice to alcohol ratio. I used mostly pomegranate juice, some fresh squeezed lime juice and a bit of fresh squeezed orange juice – 3 and 1/2 cups in total. To that I added 1/4 cup of vodka and 10 Tbsp of Triple Sec.

I stirred and poured into these Tovolo Popsicle molds. You can find these on Amazon here. They have a few different shapes. We also have these groovy, more traditional ones but find that the size is a little too big.

I had more "tini" than molds so I also used a silicon, cube tray that makes perfect cubes, for the remainder, available here. The post following this one will tell you how we made use of these!

After sitting in the freezer over night, voila! The popsicles successfully emerged. A trick about getting them out properly: you can quickly run very hot water over the mold to release. Pull and wiggle very slowly. Also, because of the alcohol, these popsicles are somewhat softer than regular ones which makes them more delicate but also easier to eat. A delicious treats for adults only!