Wednesday, June 27, 2012

arnold palmer (john daly) pops

Buying a $10 popsicle mold was one of those purchases that may not fall into the realm of necessity, but I have to admit it has made me really happy. I started first with puppy pops, because I'm quite obviously obsessed with my baby, but have since moved on to an adult (human) treat. This recipe can easily be made into an alcohol-free Arnold Palmer pop, or can be spruced up a bit with some vodka for a John Daly version (a name that never ceases to make me chuckle). This recipe is a Jordan original, and I am more than proud of the results, and Adam was in love. You can take the time to freeze the layers separately for appearance, or just mix it all together for a quicker treat. Either way, they are so refreshing, and just boozy enough to be fun grown-up summer treat.

John Daly Popsicles
Serving size: approximately 6 popsicles

1 cup sweet tea (or any iced tea you like)
3 lemons
8 T. vodka
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
3 drops mint oil, or fresh mint leaves
6 popsicle sicks

Layer 1: 
Mix 1 cup iced tea, juice of 1/2 lemon, and 4 T. vodka. Add to popsicle mold, paper cup, or glass and freeze with popsicle stick. If you are using a cup/glass, you may need to let the mix get a little slushy before inserting the stick to allow it to stand up.

Layer 2:
Make a simple syrup by heating the water and sugar over medium-low heat in a pan until sugar is incorporated and mixture is slightly thickened. Add 3 drops of mint extract. Alternatively, you can rub mint leaves between your fingers to release some oils, and add them to the simple syrup for a few minutes to release their flavor. Add juice of 2.5 lemons and 4 T. vodka. Pour into popsicle mold after first layer has frozen, and return to freezer.


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