Posts tagged summer
Posts tagged summer
The popsicles I make have literally not ever once looked this good, but aren’t they lovely? Wouldn’t it be nice if my popsicles were so pretty?
Ice Coffee Pops
It’s finally actually hot here in Maine, so I made iced coffee pops. They are everything I have ever wanted in a popsicle.
I made them basically the same way I make Vietnamese Iced Coffee: I make a coffee concentrate by combining 1/2 a pound of ground coffee with 4 1/2 or 5 cups water, let it sit for about a day, and then strain it. I keep the coffee concentrate in the fridge, and to serve, I mix the concentrate with sweetened condensed milk and regular milk over ice.
For the popsicles, I made a larger batch of the condensed milk/coffee concentrate/regular milk mixture, adding a little bit more sweetened condensed milk than usual.
The resulting popsicle is pretty icy, but I kind of like icy popsicles, and they are delicious.
Here’s a picture:
It’s been really really hot here (and bonus! I’m currently en route to an EVEN HOTTER PLACE. I might die). The best thing to do when it is hot and sticky and you don’t have central AC and you don’t want to go to the movies, or actually, drive anywhere because the AC in your car gushes buckets of water into the passenger side floormat, especially when you try to do crazy things like turn left, is sit very still wearing as little as possible eating popsicles with a fan blowing on you.*
It’s incredibly effective.
Popsicles are easy to buy, but they’re also easy to make. Obviously, you can just pour juice into a popsicle mold. Or if you don’t have popsicle molds, you could pour the juice into a dixie cup, top with some tinfoil, and stick a popsicle stick in the whole shebang. But seeing as I would need to specially purchase dixie cups and popsicle sticks, I figured it’d be easier to specially purchase popsicle molds.**
If you want to go fancier than juice, which I highly recommend, there are lots of options. For instance: mango yogurt popsicles, which can double as breakfast, particularly if you have two.
Mango Yogurt Pops
Blend everything in a blender until smooth. If you want chunks of fruit, only blend half or 3/4 of the mango until smooth, and then add in the rest of the mango and blitz once or twice. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid (a while, maybe overnight).
My popsicles have a tendency to stick in the mold. To unmold I run the popsicle under warm water for a minute.
* I was at my dad’s for most of the day yesterday, and they have practically NO FANS. I had to dig around in the basement for ONE fan. How did I never realize this before? Who lives like that? A little bit of air circulation really makes things so much better.
Have you ever said “wow, this wine is under-ripe”, or heard “this wine tastes green”? Usually these statements are reserved for wines that don’t quite hit the mark, and are considered faulty because they are not completely ripe. Also, if you have ever said, “this wine is fizzy, and it’s not a…
For a little while I was thinking of serving vinho verde wine at our wedding, since it would be outdoors in the afternoon and seemed sort of appropriate. This led to a long conversation with my mum about whether it was okay for the non-champagne white wine at the wedding to be effervescent.* In any case, vinho verde is a great hot weather, sitting outside type of wine and you can get good bottles for cheap.
* It wasn’t even champagne to begin with, it was a sparkling wine from New Mexico, and this conversation also included a debate about whether we needed to have klezmer music at the wedding. I capitulated on the vinho verde but stood firm on the jazz duo with an accordion. And, by the way, I was totally right because the accordion was awesome. If you are debating whether to have accordion at your fancy event, do it. It is absolutely the right choice. The vinho verde would have been good, too.