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Mimosa Popsicles

Remember how I promised some boozy popsicles a couple of weeks ago?  Well, here’s the first recipe.  When I set out to research popsicles with alcohol in them, I thought to myself, “Why not just freeze wine?”  Well, it turns out that, while you can freeze wine by itself, it gets an off-taste that’s not really appealing.  So you need to mix it with some other flavorful ingredients to make a popsicle you’d actually want to eat.  Hence, mimosa popsicles.

Mimosa Popsicles

  • 12 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (with pulp)
  • 1-1/4 cup champagne (the really cheap, really sweet stuff)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until totally mixed.  Freeze in popsicle molds or (if you’re me) disposable 3 0z. cups until solid (see recipe notes).

Some notes on this recipe

  • I made two different boozy popsicles for my recent boozy popsicle party, and these were definitely the stronger of the two.  Which is not saying much, since you would still have to eat probably six or eight of them to even get a little buzz.  But just keep in mind that they do have a pretty strong alcohol flavor, and about 3% alcohol by volume.
  • I found that these popsicles simply would not freeze solid in my popsicle molds.  It’s totally possible that if I would have left them in the freezer for 3-4 days, they would have.  But somehow freezing them in much smaller volume molds (the Dixie Cups I ended up using) worked way better.  So if you’re in a hurry, use smaller molds.
  • I know you’re thinking that 1/4 cup lemon juice seems like a lot.  And it does make these pops really tart, in a nice refreshing way.  If you will absolutely not eat something that’s that sour, replace some or all of the lemon juice with prepared orange juice instead.

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Lemon Rosewater Ice Cream Sandwiches

I love the idea of ice cream sandwiches.  Every time I’ve tried to make them at home, though, they are way too hard to eat.  It turns out that homemade cookies, when they’re frozen solid, are really hard to bite through.  So, when recently I had a hankering for ice cream, I started thinking about other things I could use besides cookies.  And then it hit me:  Why not try waffles?  I mean, everyone loves a waffle cone, right?

Sweet Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (or zest from another lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1.  Preheat your waffle iron.  If it has variable heat settings, set it to medium-low.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, lemon juice and zest, lemon extract, oil, and agave nectar.  Whisk until well-combined (this might take a minute, since agave is pretty thick).

3.  Sift in all the other ingredients and stir until well mixed.  Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions.  Set aside to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least an hour.  Cut waffles into manageable pieces before filling.

At this point, you can either make ice cream from scratch or use store-bought ice cream.  Either way, make sure your ice cream is slightly softened before filling sandwiches.  I used a pastry bag to pipe the ice cream onto one waffle piece, and then gently placed the other waffle on top.  This is probably more trouble than it’s worth, and a knife or spatula would work just fine.

If you want to make homemade dairy-free ice cream, use the recipe below.  If you are planning on using store-bought ice cream, fold some rose water into softened vanilla ice cream before spreading on the waffles.  Or just pick a flavor of ice cream or sorbet that would go well with lemon waffles (raspberry, strawberry, lime, etc.).

Dairy Free Rosewater Ice Cream

  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces silken tofu (see recipe notes)
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater (see recipe notes)

1.  Puree all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until very, very smooth.

2.  Refrigerate mixture for at least an hour, then pour into an ice cream maker.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions to freeze your ice cream.  Place the ice cream in the freezer for about 45 minutes to firm up slightly before filling sandwiches.

It turns out that waffles are much softer when frozen than cookies are.  So these sandwiches are way easier to eat.  And I know that this recipe may seem like a lot of work, but you can spread it out over a couple of days to make it more manageable.  Ultimately, the reward for your trouble is so worth it!  So go cool off with some ice cream sandwiches, and you can thank me later.

Some notes on this recipe

  • The waffle recipe is not overly sweet.  I personally prefer the ice cream to be very sweet and the waffles to be less sweet.  If that’s not how you roll, you can add a couple of tablespoons of sugar to the batter to sweeten it up.  Taste the batter to see if it’s sweet enough.
  • I only tried this recipe with standard, non-Belgian waffles.  I’m not sure it would be great with Belgian waffles, but it’s certainly worth a try.  If you do decide to try it, let me know what you thought!
  • Silken Tofu can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores.  I prefer to use the shelf-stable aseptic packed tofu for this recipe (look for Mori-Nu brand at the health food store), but any silken tofu will work here.
  • Rosewater can be found in several places.  If you are lucky enough to live near a Mediterranean market, you can find it there.  If not, it can be found at some Asian markets and well-stocked health food stores.  Try looking in the health and beauty section.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to know how it turned out for you!  And if you have any questions, I’d love to answer them.  You can leave a comment on this blog post, email me at info@papertuesday.com, or find me on facebook or twitter.

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Popsicle Party Invitation – Free Printable

I live deep down in the South, and it’s getting hot outside.  And every year, when the weather turns hot, I start making two things: Cocktails and Popsicles.  So this year, I decided to combine the two and throw a popsicles and booze party.

First things first:  Invitations.  Once I started designing the invitations for this party, I knew right away that I wanted to share them with you.

Popsicle Party Invitation

For this project, you’re going to need:

  • Popsicle Party Invitation Printable (see below)
  • Heavy Card Stock
  • Popsicle Sticks (mine were 4-1/2 inches long)
  • Adhesive (I found double stick tape worked better than glue, but it’s up to you)

1.  Print out printable onto card stock (using the link at the end of this post).  One printable is good for three invitations, so print as many as you need.  Cut out each popsicle (keeping the two pieces joined at the top).

2.  Fold each popsicle section in half where the two pieces join.  TIP:  It’s easier to snip out the little cut-out at the top of the cards after they’re folded.

3.  Adhere the stick to the inside of the FRONT of the card.  This may seem counter-intuitive, but if you put the stick on the inside of the back, you won’t have anywhere to write.  This picture may make it a little clearer:

And that’s it!  It’s a super-simple design, but one that has a lot of different uses.  If you aren’t having a popsicle party, why not use the printable for invitations to a kid’s birthday party, an ice cream social, or even a cookout.  Or use them as thank you cards or add them to hostess gifts.  However you use them, I hope these little cards will be good company all summer long!

Click The Image Below To Download The Free Printable

If you want to share this printable, please just make sure you credit me.  (And please don’t use it for any commercial uses without my permission — not like you would!)  Thanks so much and enjoy!

Make sure you stay tuned to see how the party goes.

SPOILER ALERT: There will be boozy popsicle recipes in the near future.

And as always, I would love to hear from you.  If you use this printable, let me know what you did with it!  You can leave a comment on this blog post, email me at info@papertuesday.com, or find me on facebook or twitter.

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