Sometimes the most interesting recipes come from trying to figure out what to do with leftovers from the day before… Two weeks ago, Bruce and I had a backyard barbecue at our home with family and friends. I love to entertaining guests but I don’t care for dealing with any kind of leftover fruit trays, appetizer platters or main dishes. After the last barbecue we had at our home, we had more than a boat load of fresh strawberries, melons and assorted fruit. After our guests left for the evening, I begrudgingly peeled the rinds off the melons, hulled the strawberries and tossed all the remaining bits of fruit in the freezer.
When freezing fresh fruit for use at a later date, be sure to place them single layer on a cookie sheet. Once the fruit is frozen, remove the fruit from the cookie sheet and toss in a releasable plastic bag. Curious as to why? The deal is, when you throw all the fruit in the plastic bag first, you end up with a big ball of frozen fruit that is all stuck together like a brick. It’s a pain to break apart and to deal with. Trust me. I learned that lesson the hard way. This cookie sheet technique makes the fruit not stick to each other in the freezer and makes it easy to grab a handful of fruit whenever you need it. Leftover frozen fruit chunks from fruit trays is great for smoothies, sorbets, and boozy little fruity concoctions such as my Straw-Ber-Ita Fruit Pops.
In addition to leftover fruit, I found myself with several cans of Straw-Ber-Ita’s floating around in the ice bucket the next day. Straw-Ber-Ita is a margarita-like alcoholic beverage made by Anheuser Busch. It has a refreshing strawberry lime flavor and is “supposed to” mimic the flavor of a strawberry margarita. Frankly, they remind me of those fruity little wine coolers that were so popular in the 1980’s. As an alcoholic beverage, they are a bit too sweet for my taste but they do work amazingly well in my Straw-Ber-Ita Fruit Pops.
My Straw-Ber-Ita Fruit Pops are super easy to make and taste great on a hot summer day. Enjoy! Tessa
*****Note: These fruit pops contain alcohol. Please enjoy these fruit pops responsibly. Do not serve Straw-Ber-Ita Fruit Pops to people under the legal drinking age and/or to children.*****
- 1 pound frozen fruit chunks (I used strawberries, watermelon and mango)
- 2 8 ounce cans Straw-Ber-Ita’s
- Stevia to taste (optional)
Toss all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until the fruit is broken down to fine bits. Pour mixture into frozen Popsicle molds. Add Popsicle sticks. Freeze until firm and serve. Makes about 10-12 frozen fruit pops.