Unwind this summer with Watermelon Lemonade Margarita Popsicles! Recipe for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic pops included.
Ok, ok so according to the calendar summer isn’t until June 21 but once Memorial Day rolls around, I like to think of it as the unofficial kick off to summer (plus with temperatures in the 80s lately, it’s hard to not be ready for summer).
What does summer mean to you?
Does it mean taking a much needed vacation to a new place to explore? Does it mean spending your free time in the great outdoors going camping and fishing? Does it mean abandoning your oven and firing up the grill every chance you get?
To me, it means fresh summer produce, ranging from corn and tomatoes to strawberries and of course watermelon.
Even though watermelon is available all year round, it’s practically synonymous with summer, which is why this week is going to get a little crazy as I’m hosting Watermelon Week! That means 4 posts packed with recipes and tips to make the most out of your watermelon.
I decided to kick off the week with Watermelon Lemonade Margarita Popsicles because I wanted to develop a new way to enjoy lemonade.
Don’t get me wrong – I love a cold glass of fresh watermelon lemonade, but I wanted to have a little more fun with it, popsicle style.
Please name one time you didn’t smile when you were eating a popsicle (except maybe if you got brain freeze – I’ll give you that one).
Then I took it one step further and added alcohol to make them boozy pops (don’t worry if you don’t drink – I included a non-alcoholic version too).
First things first – how do you pick the best watermelon?
If you need only a little bit of watermelon, you can buy already-cut watermelon from most grocery stores all year round.
However, it’s more cost efficient to buy a whole one.
There are three factors in picking a watermelon. First, it should be symmetrical in size and free from bruises and dents.
Second, it should be heavy for its size because it is 92 percent water. I forgot to weigh my watermelon, but I would guess around 10 pounds.
Third, it should have a yellow sunspot on its underside as this indicates it sat in the sun long enough to ripen.
Once you pick your melon, don’t forget to wash it before cutting (or wipe thoroughly with wet wipes if you picked one up on the way to your picnic).
Margaritas are traditionally made with limes, but I chose lemons because I love them a million times more than limes.
There’s just something refreshing biting into these pops and tasting that big burst of lemon.
I used both tequila and triple sec, but if you’re looking to make these without alcohol, you can just substitute water or even lemon lime flavored pop (although you might lose the lemonade flavor a bit, but they’ll still be delicious).
Just a small note of caution – if you’re going to add salt to these popsicles, do it right before you take a bite.
I thought I would be clever to dip them into salt before serving, much like how a margarita has salt around the glass rim.
Unfortunately I forgot salt melts ice, so these pops almost immediately melted when I added salt. Oops.
- 3 cups cubed watermelon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 2 tablespoons triple sec
- Sea salt, for serving
- In a blender, blend together the watermelon, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, tequila, and triple sec until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl, discarding any solids and seeds left behind.
- Pour watermelon mixture into popsicle mold or paper cups then insert wooden sticks. Freeze until firm, preferably overnight. Right before eating, dip in sea salt.
More Watermelon Recipes
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