Due to popular demand I present to you the Strawberry Margarita Ice Pop recipe I made the other week.
I’m always a little hesitant about giving out recipes per se. Not that I don’t want to share, but I am not really one for following recipes, and usually cook by taste. In this instance, also I’m making slightly larger batches than you would normally do at home.
If you ever make ice pops with alcohol, a good rule of thumb is to remember 1 part alcohol to 12 parts non alcohol (based on spirits). Based on this the classic margarita recipe was never going to work in a popsicle being (1 part lime juice to 3 parts tequila/triple sec). Hence the addition of strawberry, to add flavour and reduce the amount of alcohol in the pop.
Whenever I try to recreate a cocktail into a poptail/cocksicle (I’ll let you choose your preferred name) you just need to think about a couple of questions:
> Does the alcohol contribute much flavour to the cocktail?
> What percentage of the recipe uses alcohol?
> If you dial down the alcohol content what can you do to mimic that flavour another way? Or do you need to?
Then remembering the 1 part alcohol/12 parts non-alcohol you can take a cocktail recipe and “reverse engineer it”. (At this point I feel like a complete popsicle nerd! Stay with me, though, I just feel it’s better to understand the “why” rather than just posting up a recipe)
So in this case to make 1L of Strawberry Margarita Pop
You’ll want to have on hand……
|Ingredients||Notes||Rough %||Quantities for 1L|
|Fresh Strawberries||By the time you hull them and eat a few, I’d buy about a 1kg||71%||713 grams (buy about 1 kg)|
|Lime Juice||Aaahh… you’re going to ask me how many aren’t you? Who knows. Grab a handful. You’ll use them for something else. Otherwise just freeze any left over and use another time||9%||89mls|
|Sugar Syrup||Being half water, half sugar brought to the boill and cooled||12%||119mls|
|Tequila||Treat yourself and buy the good stuff. I used Espolon – tastes good, great label and use the bottle afterwards as a vase.||6%||60mls|
|Triple Sec||Use Triple Sec or Cointreau||2%||20ml|
|Orange||Have a couple on hand to use at the end if needed|
|Salt||Use the good stuff – no Saxa please!|
|Lime Zest||Zest the limes before you juice them|
1. Hull and puree the strawberries
2. Zest the limes and put to one side, squeeze the lime juice
3. Add the sugar and the water to a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool. In this instance any sugar would be good – white, brown or cane sugar.
4. Combine the strawberries, sugar syrup, lime juice, tequila and triple sec together and taste.
5. At this point you can make adjustments to suit your taste – I added a little salt, and also the zest and juice of an orange as Triple Sec is an orange flavoured liqueur (plus I LOVE strawberry and orange together)
6. When you are happy, pour the liquid into moulds and freeze
7. Turn the oven on to about 120C put the lime zest on a baking tray in the oven until it dries out. Once that is done mix equal parts salt and zest and put into a small bowl
8. Once the pops are frozen, sprinkle on some lime salt just before devouring.
Although I haven’t tried them, here are some ideas you could try as variations to the recipe
1. Add more tequila and triple sec and make a slushie
2. Replace some or all of the strawberries with watermelon
3. Add some chili to your lime and salt zest
Would love to hear how yours turn out, if the recipe worked, or if you tried any variations.