Flavor of the week: Watermelon Paletas
But not just watermelon paletas… watermelon lime and mint paletas. What could be more refreshing than biting into a super juicy and sweet watermelon on a hot summer day? Answer: Watermelon paletas on a super humid day of 95 degrees F. Well, this summer in NY has been really hard and my family and I found relief in watermelon popsicles.
Lime has always been my secret with watermelon, more than cucumber or other melons. It’s the secret ingredient in the watermelon balls I like to serve when I have guests over. People always ask me, “What is in that watermelon? It is SO good!” It’s so simple, just toss the watermelon with some lime zest and you’re set. For a little extra something, you can sprinkle in some tequila or white rum. It was my inspiration for this paleta recipe. There is enough to make 6 standard-sized home kit popsicles. Use the leftovers for a watermelon mojito (just add ice and white rum… it’s killer!).
3 1/2 – 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
simple syrup, to taste
Throw all ingredients into a blender, or using a hand blender, and puree. Add simple syrup to taste. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours. For an extra fine texture, freeze in ice cube trays or small paper cups. When frozen, remove from freezer and transfer to a blender or ice crusher. Blend until smooth like sorbet (it should be slushy). Pour into popsicle molds and refreeze.
*You can make it alcoholic by adding a bit or rum, vodka or tequila. Make sure you only add about one tablespoon as hard liquor does not freeze and it will inhibit the texture of the paletas.