Negroni Fig Ice Pops - Homemade Summer Treats for Grown Ups

  There's a whole summer menu on Powells.com written, drawn, crafted by the multi-talented Yvette Van Boven. We begin with cocktails, here, an aperitif made with Aperol and bubbles..

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You can create any menu you please, follow the one Yvette posted on Powell's or try ours here: It's a Summer Solstice Party - Homemade Summer Style.

I like a meal with bookends, so my contribution to this party is Negroni Fig Ice Pops.

Ice Pop Molds, Red White Blue

Plus I have these cool Ice Pop Molds I wanted to use!

 

Negronis are one of my favorite cocktails: gin, Campari, sweet vermouth - what's not to love? (try some Burlesque Bitters in your next one, or Orange Bitters, you'll thank me later). When I saw the recipe for popsicles that added figs to the mix, well, I was hooked. (just check the site header...) This is one of the hallmarks of Yvette's recipes, they're straightforward and yet always have a little surprise, a little something different. Figs complement the Negroni flavors beautifully.

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Negroni Fig Ice Pops

Makes 4-6 pops

  • 1/2 C + 2 TBSP (150 ml) red (sweet) vermouth
  • 2 1/2 TBSP (40 ml) gin
  • 1/2 C (125 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 fresh figs
  • 1/3 C (75 ml) golden syrup or clover honey

 

Put everything in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour through sieve into a bowl with spout and then pour into molds.

Place in freezer and push wooden spoons in after two hours.

Freeze for at least another four hours, but ideally for 1 day.

Run the ice pops under hot running water for 3 seconds to unmold them.

 

While the ice pops were freezing, I set up the photo cube and shot, planning to have a nice ice pop with maybe a tiny pool of melty goodness for some 'action' in the photo.

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So -- we cannot take issue with the recipe when we didn't follow it, can we?

I used half a ruby red grapefruit (no oranges) and thought adding a couple dashes of orange bitters and a splash of orange flower water would add some orange notes to the pops. What I learned is the ratio of alcohol to juice is critical for proper freezing.

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Ultimately we enjoyed these from flutes with iced tea spoons. They were delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'd make these again - and follow the recipe next time. The flavor was fantastic. This is the part of summer we love...you just look at the positive and roll with it. Now go enjoy!