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Endless Poptails: Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles

Posted by on June 15 2011 in Desserts, Featured, Recipe

Grab some popsicle sticks, get the tequila and leave the drunk dialing to others. We’re turning our tequila shots into a frozen Honeydew Cucumber Margarita.

But before your fingers start strumming your keyboard with inquiries as to whether or not the alcohol portions are strong enough, let us save you time and say, maybe it is, but then again maybe not. Luckily poptails are highly adaptable. Your palate, your preference — pour and mix your poptail to suit your taste. Just remember there’s a reason alcohol won’t freeze alone. Stiff drinks are meant to be consumed by the glass, not by the bite. Our proportions here err on the side of tasty over tequila-y.

Next time you’re tasked with bringing something to a party, let us suggest a tequila’d poptail that won’t leave you fearfully scrolling through your call history the next morning.

Honeydew Cucumber Margarita Popsicle


Makes five 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles

1 cup honeydew juice (approximately a whole melon weighing 1lb)
1/3 cup cucumber juice (approximately half a cucumber weighing 5oz.)
½ cup tequila
1 tablespoon triple sec
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
3 large mint sprigs


1. Place the honeydew and cucumber in a food processor or a blender and process until everything is pureed. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and mint syrup and process for another 20-30 seconds to blend well. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.

2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

Mint Syrup
(You will have more syrup than you need. Save for other cocktail uses.
· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cups sugar
· 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed


1. Place sugar and water in a pot over heat until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and place mint leaves in mixture and muddle. Allow mint leaves to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard leaves. (Depending on the fineness of the sieve tiny pieces may remain).

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17 Responses leave one →
  1. June 15, 2011

    omg yum

  2. June 16, 2011

    This would really hit the spot on a hot summer day!

  3. June 16, 2011

    Those look, and sound, really good! Anything cold sounds good these days. Do you have any tips for photographing popsicles, other than doing it fast?

  4. June 16, 2011

    This post inspired me to email my bartender asking if he could make all of his signature cocktails in popsicle form this summer! He may laugh in my face. He may make my dreams come true ;)

  5. June 16, 2011

    @Kristin – you are my hero both for doing that, and just for the fact that you have your bartender available via email.

  6. June 17, 2011

    These look insanely refreshing. I want one.

  7. June 20, 2011

    What great flavors. So refreshing!

  8. June 20, 2011

    These pops look so refreshing! Love the green :)

  9. June 20, 2011

    These look so incredibly refreshing. I definitely don’t expect to get tipsy off of a popsicle, and a slight tequila is all I really need anyway.

  10. June 21, 2011

    Hi Hannah,

    Here’s what works for me:

    1. Compose the shot.
    2. Set up your camera position and all the settings. I don’t shoot tethered, so I take a few shots w/o the subject in it and then run it through my computer. This way, I can clearly see if I need to tweak the lighting and exposure if needed.
    3. I also usually freeze whatever I’m shooting on to keep the popsicles from melting too fast.
    4. And of course, make more than you intend to shoot you may need to switch out the melting pops for fresh frozen ones.

    That’s it! Good luck and if you have more questions you can email me personally. I’m happy to answer them.

  11. June 22, 2011

    I love everything about these!!! Definitely on my summer menu!

  12. April 18, 2012

    Wow!! These Popsicles look so fresh, clean and bright!! Lovely photo!!

  13. Nina Mosley permalink
    June 20, 2012

    I’m loving the post from the person who has her bartender’s email address :)

  14. June 21, 2012

    So cool and refreshing! I’m going to have to try making these. Thanks so much for the recipe :)

  15. Eileen permalink
    July 8, 2012

    Do you know where I can purchase the popsicle molds?


  16. September 25, 2012

    Hi, This is to let you know that this photo of yours is used in a new food community page in Vietnam without credit. Regards

    Link to the photo in the album ‘?ã khát ngày hè” (means “Summer refreshment”)

  17. May 20, 2013

    Do you run the fruit through a juicer or blend and strain or what?

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