Tangy-sweet and infused with crisp Belgian ale: That’s how we like our frozen treats! Here, watermelon, strawberries, lime juice and fruit-forward Belgian ale get together to create refreshing adults-only ice pops. Inspired by the cool Mexican-style treats called paletas, these are a summer-evening highlight.
2 cups (500 mL) diced seeded watermelon
1 cup (250 mL) diced strawberries
1/2 cup (125 mL) fruity Belgian ale
2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar (approx)
2 tbsp (30 mL) lime juice (approx)
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
In a blender or food processor, purée together watermelon, strawberries, ale, sugar, lime juice and salt until smooth. Taste and add more sugar and/or lime juice, if desired (see tips).
Divide watermelon mixture among 10 to 12 ice pop moulds. Insert sticks and freeze until firm, about 8 hours.
To loosen, place mould in hot water for 10 to 15 seconds, then jiggle pops until they release. Serve immediately.
Passion Fruit–Topped Belgian Ale Ice Pops: Prepare watermelon mixture through Step 1. Divide among ice pop moulds, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch space between liquid and rim (do not insert sticks). Freeze until starting to firm up, 1 to 2 hours. Scoop flesh of 4 passion fruits into a bowl; spoon into moulds, filling to rim. Insert sticks and freeze until firm, about 6 hours more.
If you don’t have a blender or food processor (or don’t feel like doing extra dishes), put all the ingredients into a tall-sided bowl and use a hand blender to purée them.
Depending on the ripeness and sweetness of your fruit, you may need to adjust the lime juice and sugar to taste. Keep in mind that freezing dulls sweetness a bit.
Give your pops a kick by stirring in about 1 tsp (5 mL) Tajín seasoning (a Mexican spice blend made with chili, lime and salt). Alternatively, for a bit of freshness, blend a small handful of mint leaves into the mixture before freezing.