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