Woof. The dogs days of summer have arrived. I don’t know about you all but it’s been hot as a sizzling skillet around here, especially when you’re a baker who works from your home without AC. We have plenty of fans, but at a certain point in the afternoon they aren’t good for much other than blowing hot air. It got a little too steamy up in this kitchen last week so instead of firing up the oven, I schemed up a double threat recipe to beat the heat: Watermelon Palomas and Watermelon Paloma Popsicles.
The heat is on and all I can think about is how much I want to be outside soaking up the rays, crunching on some salty tortilla chips with spicy salsa and washing it all down with a cadillac sized Margarita. But you what know gets me even hotter than a frosty Margie? A frosty Paloma. Think Margarita but with grapefruit as the driving flavor force instead of lime. In the heat of the moment last summer, I took the thirst quenching drink to a whole new level of chill when I came up with a recipe for Watermelon Palomas. With a refreshing blend of pureed watermelon juice, bittersweet grapefruit juice and tart lime juice, the swelter and thirst of the dog days were washed away.
As soon as this summer started to sizzle, I blended up my thirst aid and upped the cool factor by freezing the Watermelon Palomas into Watermelon Paloma Popsicles. These pops have three layers of juicy, fruity goodness: a bittersweet grapefruit layer is sandwiched between the salty lime tip and the bright and fresh watermelon base layer. It takes more time to layer it up, but that gives you more time to chill out and enjoy a Watermelon Paloma while you wait for the deep freeze.
Since all that juicing and squeezing can make you work up a sweat, I like to make big batches of both Watermelon Palomas and Watermelon Paloma Popsicles at once. I make the Watermelon Palomas by the pitcher and the Watermelon Paloma Popsicles are frozen in 10 packs. Chances are, if you come by my house this summer you’ll immediately be met with the cooling effects of my deep cooler in a glass or my air conditioner on a stick.
While the long, hot days can make it feel like an endless summer, winter is just around the corner, and you’re gonna miss the sunshine when it’s gone. So instead of whining about the heat, beat it and chill out with the most refreshing boozy coolers imaginable, Watermelon Palomas and Watermelon Paloma Popsicles.
- small watermelon - about half (4 cups chopped)
- grapefruits - 2-3
- limes - 4
- tequila blanco - 2 cups
- grapefruit soda - 1 bottle or can
- coarse salt - to garnish
- + lime, grapefruit and watermelon slices - for garnish
- Using a blender or food processor, blend the heck out of half of a small watermelon and strain. You want about about 2 cups watermelon juice.
- Juice the grapefruits and strain. You should have about 1 cup.
- Juice 3 limes and strain. Should be about 1/2 cup.
- Blend the three juices and tequila blanco together, chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Moisten the rims of the glasses with the a lime wedge. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, gently dip and swirl the lime kissed glasses in the salt to crust the rims.
- Fill the glasses 3/4 full with ice then fill about 3/4 of the glass with juice and tequila mixture. Top off each cocktail with a sparkling splash of grapefruit soda. Stir to combine and sip away the summer heat.
- Serves 6-8 depending on the glass size and how big of a drinker you are.
- I like to make a batch of Watermelon Paloma Popsicles when I make the Watermelon Palomas since I am already buried in a mess anyhow. The popsicles are an easy and satisfying way to cool down on a hot summer afternoon.
- watermelon - (about 2 cups chopped)
- grapefruit - 1-2
- limes - 4
- tequila - 1/2 cup
- squirt - 1/2 cup
- coarse salt - garnish to taste
- Using a blender or food processor, blend the heck out of the watermelon. Strain. You want about about 3/4 -1 cup once strained.
- Juice the grapefruit and strain. You should have about 3/4 -1 cup once strained.
- Juice 4 limes and strain. Should be about 3/4 -1 cup once strained.
- Add 1/4 cup of lime juice to watermelon juice and 1/4 cup of lime juice to grapefruit juice.
- Add about 3 tablespoons of tequila to each watermelon and grapefruit juices.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of tequila to remaining lime juice.
- Pour a splash of the grapefruit soda evenly among the three juices.
- Pour the lime mix evenly into each popsicle mold. About 1 tablespoon per pop.
- Freeze for 90 minutes.
- Pour the grapefruit juice evenly among the popsicle molds, about 2 tablespoons each. Add the popsicle mold lid and sticks at this point.
- Freeze for 90 minutes.
- Pour the watermelon juice evenly among the popsicle molds, about 2 tablespoons each.
- Freeze for at least 90 minutes.
- Once the popsicles are frozen and have set, pop them pops and sprinkle the lime tips with coarse salt.
- Relax and enjoy the refreshing cooling effect in the warm sunshine.
- Popsicle mold sizes vary so think of this recipe as as a rough outline. You don't need exact measurements just mix it up and have fun. If you have extra juice left over, mix up a Watermelon Paloma.
- If you don't have the time of patience for the 3 layers, just mix everything together and freeze at once. It's delicious either way!
- I like to make a pticher of Watermelon Palomas when I make the Watermelon Paloma Popsicles since I am already buried in a mess anyhow.