My P.S. brought home a bag of limes and juiced them for me. We ended up with about 3 cups of lime juice. My plan was to create a “poptail”. I wanted a boozy frozen lime popsicle. I hadn’t decided what alcohol to use but I had strawberries and was thinking of a strawberry lime margarita. A naughty fruity tequila poptail, the adult kind.
The lime juice was quite tart, of course. I started by making a simple syrup. I heated a cup of sugar and a cup of water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolved. I let it cool then added it to the lime juice. Eek, still super tart. I made a second simple syrup with another cup of water and cup of sugar, heated, cooled, etc.
I added the second cup of simple syrup to the lime juice and it was much better. Still nicely tart and the flavor wasn’t diluted in the least, but it wasn’t trying to remove the skin from my tongue anymore. By now I had almost 5 cups of slightly sweetened lime juice. I added 1/2 cup of margarita mix from a bottle and stirred. Taste tested it and I loved it. Time for the booze.
I stood in front of the liquor cabinet and mused. Rum? Peach Brandy? Vodka? Flavored vodka? Hm. Tequila? I stuck with my original plan to make a margarita with tequila. I added two shots to my lime juice. It definitely smelled boozy! I was thinking I couldn’t wait for these pops to freeze!
I cleaned and cut 8 or 10 large strawberries into wedges and stacked them in the popsicle molds. I wanted them to stretch all the way to the top. I didn’t want them to float to the top and only end up on the bottom of the popsicle. That done I filled the molds with lime juice, put the caps on the pops and put them in the freezer. 4 pops done.
I filled the second set of 4 molds with just the lime liquid and put them in the freezer as well. I’d used half of the lime juice and had 2 ½ cups left. I put it into the fridge to make more pops as I freed up containers. In the meantime I’d think of more fruit to add to the poptails.
After 24 hours in the freezer I loosened a pop and it was frozen and delicious looking. Almost transparent, with pretty sliced strawberries, it was a gorgeous poptail! It wasn’t frozen totally solid due to the alcohol content, but it tasted amazing. Tangy with chewy berries, it was a fun treat. The berries were fairly solid and required chewing, but that was fun as well.
I kept refilling the molds as we freed them up (read: devoured them). We loved them without fruit as well. I think all in all the mixture made about 12 pops. I actually lost track so am not totally sure. The are a looser pop, a little slushy, due to the alcohol. But the flavor was like having a slushy margarita and every poptail was enjoyed to the fullest.
Lime Strawberry Margarita Poptails
3 cups fresh lime juice
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup margarita mix
2 shots tequila
Sliced or quartered fresh strawberries
Make simple syrup by adding water and sugar to a saucepan and bringing it to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Add to lime juice, simple syrup, tequila mix and tequila.
Slice berries and add to popsicle molds. Cover with lime liquid to within ½” of top. Cover molds with handles and freeze at least 24 hours.