Homemade popsicles always leave me nostalgic for the summers of childhood – waking early to get outside as soon as possible. Wearing my swimsuit under my clothes, ready for the impromptu pool party, slip and slide or sprinkler run. Walking hot dusty miles into town with my best friend, buying candy and gum at the mini market and sneaking in the Ramada Inn pool on the other side of the highway.
Coming home and selecting a popsicle – wrapping hands around the mould to release the pop (I still do this today!). Back then, my favorite was grape, made with grape juice. Sometimes I would try to mimic the pudding pop, using chocolate milk with extra chocolate.
But back then we didn’t have a cherry tree in the yard. Also, none of my childhood pops were spiked.
Today I have a popsicle that can go boozy or not – these are cherry lime drop popsicles with the addition of vodka. You have a simple cherry limeade popsicle if you omit the vodka. If you want to do that.
I did, because as my friend Heather says, a nice cool treat is perfect after a morning run. A day might be more interesting when it begins with a post run lime drop, but I don’t need to be doing that. At least not during the week.
I may have made a second batch especially for the weekend…
cherry limeade popsicles
makes 6 pops in this size mould, plus a glass of limeade to enjoy while they freeze!
2 oranges, peel and pith removed
3 limes, peel and pith removed
5-7 fresh cherries, plus 3-4 to float in each popsicle
2 tablespoons agave
splash club soda or water
In high speed blender, combine oranges, limes, cherries, agave and water, blend until smooth.
Add 1 ounce vodka to make cherry lime drop popsicles – mark them so you know which is which!