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  • Creamy Coconut Mango Margarita Popsicles with Basil

Creamy Coconut Mango Margarita Popsicles with Basil

Posted on May 1, 2017
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I feel like I know a lot of people with a “tequila story”. You know the types of stories I mean, right? They usually start out innocently enough. But typically end in some kind of twisted tequila-induced misery, with the storyteller swearing off tequila for life. Sound familiar?

Fortunately, I don’t have one of these stories. Tequila has always been good to me. And to this day, it’s still one of my favorite spirits. Tequila has a firm place in my kitchen and in my heart. And I love being able to enjoy it in everything from cocktails to fruity salsas.

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So needless to say, Margarita Week is a week that I get REALLY excited for. The brainchild of Kate from Hola Jalapeño, #margaritaweek is the celebration of all things margarita. Last year, I crafted some perfectly pink Rhubarb-Raspberry Margaritas for the occasion. And this year, I’m bringing these Creamy Coconut Mango Margarita Popsicles with Basil to the party.

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These boozy popsicles are all grown up. And I’m not just saying that because of the alcohol content. The flavor profile is rather sophisticated, too, thanks to that herby basil swirl (a flavor combination inspired by Heather Christo). And these popsicles aren’t overly sweet. Which is exactly how a good margarita should be. Those insanely sugary margaritas sold in chain restaurants are for amateurs. But that’s just my humble opinion.

Champagne mangoes (also sometimes called honey mangoes) are my favorite variety of mango. And they are currently in season, so buy and use fresh ones if you can. Although I may beat you to the grocery store and buy them ALL before you have a chance to get there. Seriously. I’m obsessed with champagne mangoes. So in that case, use frozen mangoes for this recipe. It works well either way.

For more margarita inspiration, be sure to check out Kate’s Margarita Week webpage, which will be updated throughout the week with all the other bloggers recipes. Hooray!

Cheers,

Liz

Creamy Coconut Mango Margarita Popsicles with Basil

Yield: Makes 10-12 popsicles, depending on molds

Creamy Coconut Mango Margarita Popsicles with Basil

Ingredients

  • For the Coconut Mango Base
  • 2 cups chopped mango
  • 1 (14 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

  • For the Basil Swirl
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients for the coconut mango base to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Remove and reserve about 2-3 tablespoons of the base mixture in a small clean bowl. Pour the remaining base mixture into your popsicles molds, filling them about three-quarters full. Transfer the popsicle molds to your freezer to chill for about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the basil swirl. Add the basil, lime juice, agave nectar and about 1 tablespoon of the reserved coconut mango base to the bowl of a small/miniature food processor. Processor until the basil is finely chopped, stopping to scrap down the sides of the bowl and to add more of the reserved base mixture to help the blade attachment move more easily, if necessary.
  3. Remove the popsicle molds from your freezer. Spoon a small amount of the basil mixture (about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon) onto the top of each mold, then use a wooden popsicle stick to push it down into the mold, swirling it together slightly with the coconut mango base. You might not use all of the basil mixture.
  4. Insert one wooden popsicle stick into each mold, then return the molds to your freezer to freeze until completely solid, about 6-8 hours.
  5. Once the popsicles are completely frozen, run a little warm water over the molds to help loosen them from their molds. Remove and enjoy immediately.
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  • Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail

Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail

Posted on December 19, 2016
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This post was originally published here on December 22, 2014. I’ve since updated the photos and text. Cheers!

I consider myself to be a bourbon kind of girl. More often than not, it’s my spirit of choice. And I love it in everything from Summer sips to cozy Fall libations.

But I’m also not one to discriminate. I want to be an equal opportunity maker and drinker of all kinds of cocktails. It just seems like the fair and right thing to do.

I’ve noticed lately that this blog has been seriously lacking in some good gin-based beverages. So I decided to fix that pesky little problem. And my timing couldn’t be any more perfect. Because gin, with it’s strong juniper berry taste and aroma, always reminds me of the Winter Holidays.

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Since we’re getting REALLY close to Christmas at this point, I decided to shake up something super festive and easy. I know we’ve all got a long list of cookies to bake, decorate and eat. So I figured this wasn’t the time or place for an overly complicated cocktail with hard-to-find ingredients. Nope. This baby is real simple. And I bet you already have all of the ingredients on hand!

And I even gave it a stupidly cute name: Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail.

No actual Christmas trees were harmed in the making of this cocktail.

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This initial inspiration for this cocktail started with a gin and tonic. I added a slash of cranberry juice for color. Then decided to swap out the tonic for club soda, so I could be more in control of the sweetness.

I had a really fun time making the sparkling “branches” for garnish (and it’s kind of how the name of this cocktail evolved). And while technically they aren’t really necessary for the actual imbibing of this beverage, I also don’t think you should skip out on them either. They are totally cute and make this Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail feel super special.

So I think I’m signing off until after the Christmas Holiday. I’ll be back with a new recipe in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And of course, I’ll be lurking around Instagram. So come and find me there if you want!

Cheers,

Liz

Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail

Yield: Makes 2 cocktails

Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail

Ingredients

  • For the Sparkling Branches
  • About 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Fresh cranberries

  • For the Cocktails
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Sliced lime for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine 1/2 cup of the sugar and the water, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the simple syrup cool slightly.
  2. While the simple syrup is cooling, assemble the sparkling branches. Trim your rosemary sprigs so they are about 1-inch longer than the width of your cocktail glasses. Remove and discard some of the lower leaves, leaving the main stem intact. Using a toothpick, poke a small hole all the way through the cranberries. Then thread two cranberries onto each rosemary stem. You'll want to make at least one sparkling branch for each cocktail.
  3. Pour the cooled simple syrup into a shallow bowl. Place the assembled branches in the simple syrup, turning them to coat. Then working with one branch at a time, remove it from the simple syrup and gently shake off any excess liquid. Hold the branch over your sink or a bowl and sprinkle it lightly with a small amount of the remaining sugar, turning the branch as you sprinkle the sugar so it coats all sides evenly. Place the sparkling branch on plate and set aside. Continue working until all the branches have been coated. Reserve some of the simple syrup for making the cocktails.
  4. To make the cocktails, add the gin, cranberry juice, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously to chill. Then strain into two glasses with fresh ice. Top with club soda, stirring gently to combine. Garnish with a slice of lime and a sparkling branch. Serve immediately.
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