Ah, but what to make? I actually found inspiration this weekend during a trip to a local ice cream shop a few people had been raving about. That place is Lick Ice Cream in Austin – an all organic creamery. They had quite the menu of delicious sounding, ingenious flavor combinations, one of which being Roasted Beet with Fresh Mint.
Once I saw and tasted that, I knew that’s where I wanted this popsicle experiment to go. So I started out by infusing some vodka with some super fresh and ripe looking beets from Whole Foods. I got the beet vodka recipe from Rosemarried…
- 1 bottle vodka (I had a bottle of Tito’s around the house)
- 3-4 raw beets, peeled & cubed
I filled the carafe with the sliced beets then topped with the vodka. I then allowed it to infuse for 3 days, outside of sunlight. Do it Monday and it’ll be ready for making the popsicle juice on Thursday night.
Since I was on the infusing kick, I went ahead and infused some mint with my simple syrup too.
Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
Heat the water and sugar in a pan until sugar dissolves. Put the fresh mint leaves in a carafe or large container, then pour the hot simple syrup over the leaves. Let it soak overnight and then remove the mint leaves.
Now with those ingredients made, it was time to bring them all together. I thought Pomegranate juice might make for a good pairing with the Beet vodka so I tested out some in a glass and it did tickle my taste buds. But, it was missing that in-your-face freshness I loved so much about the ice cream.
So I chopped up some more mint and added those flakes to the juice. Ahhh, now that’s what I was going for.
Here’s the rest of the recipe…
Beet Vodka with Mint Pom-Pop
- 1 cup Light Pomegranate Juice (I accidentally bought the lite Pom Juice and it worked great, so I’m sticking to it next time)
- 1.5 oz Beet Vodka
- 1.5 oz Simple Syrup
- 1/2 C chopped mint
Combine all the ingredients together in a carafe or large liquid measuring cup with pour spout. Give a good stir and then pour into popsicle molds.
Add your popsicle sticks and then freeze overnight.
I did this Thursday night, so I could treat myself this afternoon to these. They taste great and I love it when you get a bite with a mint flake in it, it just screams fresh and the icy-cold texture of the pop makes you want to go out and enjoy the summer sun. LOVE!
I plan on bringing a few of these to a party with me Saturday, that is if I can refrain myself from eating most of them until then. Must. Practice. Restraint.