It certainly has been heating up here in Southern California, and there's nothing quite like frozen citrus juices to help cool you down and keep you feeling refreshed. Also, I've found boozy frozen citrus juices to be particularly helpful. So, I decided to try my hand at making some boozy popsicles and ended up with about a dozen of these tasty little guys. I used honey and water to create a simple syrup that I simmered a bit of lemon grass in to add another dimension of freshness to the dish. You may have had lemon grass before in Asian broths, stews, or curries, which is where it's most commonly used. Lemongrass has a very bright and clean flavor to it, slightly lemony but without the bitterness, almost like lemon zest, cucumber, and basil combined. It's a pretty amazing flavor, and when extracted into a simple syrup and combined with lime juice and tequila, it makes for an incredibly refreshing frozen treat.
Aside from the popsicles, I have another fun thing to share with you all today, and it begins by me saying that I'm slightly obsessed with nonfiction books. I'm not talking about the dry, boring, excessively wordy nonfiction books that scare many people away from the genre; I'm talking about the fascinating, enthralling, and moving stories of real-life events, histories, and foods that leave you amazed and enriched. Because I always find myself wanting to talk to people about the books I'm reading but don't know anyone who is reading the exact same books as myself, I have started a book club on Good Reads called Adventures in Literature, and I would love for you to join me. Moderating along with me will be Carey from Reclaiming Provincial, Izy from Top with Cinnamon, Brianne from Documenting Our Dinner, and Linda from The Tart Tart.
The first day of reading will begin June 11th and will end August 10th. We'll be reading 1 book every 6-12 weeks (once we pick a book we will estimate the reading time based on page length and denseness) and have group discussions about it on Good Reads. I've picked the first book we'll be reading, The Disappearing Spoon, but from here on out anyone can nominate books for the next round by joining the club on Good Reads and submitting books under the Book Nominations discussion board. The moderators will narrow down the submissions to 10 books to be polled, all members will vote on which one we'll read next, and the book with the most votes will be next on the docket. I would love to have you join in on our nonfiction adventures, just make sure to locate a copy of The Disappearing Spoon by June 11th! It's going to be a great way to stay on track with a book and share your thoughts and ideas about what you're reading along the way. Can't wait to start reading with all of you!
Note: Boozy popsicles are softer than their non-alcoholic friends, because of this I recommend wrapping your hand around the outside of each frozen popsicle mould for 10 seconds before pulling out the popsicle. This will help melt the outside of the popsicle just enough to loosen its grip on the mould so that it won't break when you try to pull it out.
1 cup raw honey
2 cups water
1/2 stick lemon grass, cut into 1 inch long pieces with the layers separated
4 limes, juiced (about 1/2 cup of lime juice)
1/2 cup tequila
1/3 cup coconut milk
Bring the water and honey to a boil over medium high heat until the honey has dissolved into the water. Add the lemon grass, lower to a simmer, and allow the syrup to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, scoop the lemon grass out of the syrup, and set the syrup aside to cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, whisk together the syrup, tequila, lime juice, and coconut milk. Pour the liquid into popsicle moulds and place in the freezer. The coconut milk will separate and freeze in a creamy while layer at the top of the popsicle, while the cocktail mixture retains a lovely gold hue. Freeze overnight and serve the next day.
As stated in the recipe note, boozy popsicles are softer than their non-alcoholic friends, because of this I recommend wrapping your hand around the outside of each frozen popsicle mould for 10 seconds before pulling out the popsicle. This will help melt the outside of the popsicle just enough to loosen its grip on the mould so that it won't break when you try to pull it out.