Watermelon, Lime, Ginger Popsicles

By: Missy Sorg

It seems that summer is here in full force.  The recent temps definitely make up for spring's late arrival.  With the temps hitting the uncomfortably warm (we'll blame it on the humidity) highs we've seen this past week - and knowing it'll only get hotter as summer progresses, it's nice to have a few recipes on hand to help find some cool relief.  

As a kid, my grandmother used to have popsicles on stock in her freezer.  After running around outside with my cousins, Grandma would call us in to cool down for a little bit - which primarily meant giving us popsicles and sending us back outside to eat them.  

The fun part of being an adult is that I can get a little creative with making my own popsicles.  For starters - I can dictate the amount of sugar that goes into them.  And, I can use real fruit and natural ingredients.  But, the best part is that I can pretty much make whatever flavors I want.  

One of my favorite summertime foods is watermelon.  There is always watermelon present for summertime family gatherings back on the homestead.  I found the perfect recipe to give me that watermelon flavor with that ice-cold popsicle "aah" that hits the spot during the warm months.  

Watermelon, Lime, Ginger Popsicles

Ingredients:
1 Seedless Watermelon (Small)
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Lime Juice
2 Teaspoons Ginger
1 Pinch Salt

Instructions:
1. Chop the watermelon into small cubes to fit into a blender.
2. Puree the watermelon, sugar, lime juice, ginger, and salt in a blender until smooth.
3. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds.
4. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until firm (approximately 4 hours).

NOTE:  I prefer to juice a fresh lime.  You can use lime juice if that’s easier for your preference.  Same goes for the ginger.  I prefer to zest my own ginger.  If you substitute ground ginger, you may want to try 1 teaspoon to start out with.  If you find you want more ginger flavor next time around, go ahead and increase it from there.