Beautiful ruby red blood orange popsicles with a splash of vodka for the grown-ups. Don’t you just love the colour of these?! This frozen treat is the result of blood oranges being available in just about every supermarket in town lately and Calgary having unseasonably warm weather for the past couple of weeks. Yep, this is the perfect answer on a hot day and you’ll enjoy these all summer long.
Most store bought popsicles are made of 90% water and contain ingredients like corn syrup, gums, and stabilizers. Making your own means you can avoid all of that and feel good about eating them.
The addition of vodka prevents the popsicles from freezing rock hard and improves the texture so you don’t feel like you are biting into a flavoured ice cube. You can make the popsicles without it though. (And if you’re inclined to add more vodka, don’t – or they won’t freeze hard enough, and may break when you’re trying to get them out of the molds).
- 3 cups juice from blood oranges, plus the pulp
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 2 tsp. vodka
- 1/4 tsp. liquid stevia
Manually, squeeze the juice from the blood oranges to yield approximately 400 ml juice. Depending on the size of your oranges, you may need 12-15 oranges. Don’t discard the pulp – it adds to the popsicle texture.
Mix in maple syrup, lemon juice, lime juice and vodka. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of liquid stevia. If necessary, adjust the sweetness and tartness by adding more sweetener or lemon juice to taste.
Pour into 8 popsicle molds and put in the freezer. Freeze several hours (at least 4) or overnight.
What are you waiting for? Go buy a popsicle mold – or use dixie cups, and make some popsicles you will feel good about!