Watermelon Mint Julep


It’s Father’s Day on Sunday. I know this because yesterday my dad called to kindly remind me, as well as giving me strict instructions as to what he wants and where I can find it. He was even nice enough to go so far as to Google Map the store from my apartment, too–it was helpful…and bossy.

It’s cool. I realize that this bossiness must be genetic because I sort of do the same thing with him. We know what we like, I guess and aren’t all that shy.

So yes, it’s Father’s Day. And I made popsicles for me to make and for you to make.

Whiskey always reminds me of my papa. And this is because he gave it to me at age 3 (!!!!). Yeah, I had my first sip of alcohol under the age of 5. I’m sure when he reads this he’ll be all mad at me for disclosing this, but I assure you it was actually to deter me from liking alcohol. It was a part of a bigger scheme to make me a non-drinker/rager. It worked, actually. I’m not a huge drinker, but I mean, if you add some watermelon, mint and lime juice…and then freeze it! Uhh…yeah, let’zzzz go!

This is a take on a mint julep. Oh how I love them. The best one–to date–I’ve had was at a great/fancy restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. They infuse the bourbon with mint for a few days and serve the drink with ice that’s crushed to order, using an old-school hand ice crushing machine. It’s total perfection.

Luckily for us, these popsicles are way easier. Way less fussy. A lil’ different, yet still as awesome.

All of these ingredients (minus the lime juice) all go into a blender. If you hate pulp, I’d run this through a sieve; I personally dug it–it gave the popsicles texture.

Thirty minutes after being in the freezer, you’re going to add the mint, forcing the little bits down into the mixture. The popsicles sticks go in at that time, too. It’s that easy.

I’ve had a few popsicles with booze in them and they usually don’t taste like alcohol. These do! There’s a good amount of bourbon in these. Since there is a pretty liberal amount of alcohol, these popsicles need a full 24 hours to freeze.

This recipe comes from a new cookbook that is awesome for summer,Top Pops by Emily Zaiden. Full of a bunch of popsicle recipes from different types of creamsicles to boozy pops. YES!

Go summer, go!!

Watermelon Mint Julep

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6 cups cubed, seedless watermelon (about 1 four-pound watermelon)
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup bourbon
Pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1. In a blender, ad the watermelon, sugar, lime juice, bourbon, and salt. Blend on high until the mixture has an even liquid consistency.

2. Pour the liquid into molds and place in the freezer. After 30 minutes, or when the pops are half-frozen and slushy, stir a pinch of the mint into each mold to suspend it evenly throughout each pop. Insert the popsicle wooden sticks now when the mixture is firm enough for them to stand upright. Freeze until solid, about 24 hours. Due to the alcohol content, these pops take longer to freeze.

Recipe from Top Pops by Emily Zaiden

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  • Reply Megan June 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Oh love this idea! I’m crazy about watermelon and booze.

  • Reply Michelle June 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I’m gonna be the super lame person that has to ask… Is there a non-alcohol substitute for the bourbon? I going to a BBQ this weekend and would LOVE to make these, but there are going be a decent handful of under-agers that are not mine :/ Any suggestions???

    • Reply Adrianna June 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      YES! Just replace it with water, no biggie!

  • Reply Just A Smidgen June 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    My first sip was beer around the same age.. and I remember loving it:) No harm done, I’m a lightweight and only sip wine once in a while.. But these are pretty darn tempting, I can’t wait til it’s hot enough to make them!

  • Reply Nicole Franzen June 16, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Love that bourbon, watermelon, mint shot. You’ve got the right idea here, boozy popsicles is where its at 🙂

  • Reply Monique June 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    So refreshing for the summer! My dad loves sugar and alcohol so I think this would be a great treat to make for him!

  • Reply LP @dishclips June 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    A Popsicle that looks like a work of art. Cool!

  • Reply myfudo June 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I love this treat…Reminds me of childhood, Daddy approved! =)

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator June 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    YUMMMMM. Have. To. Make.

  • Reply Hannah-lyz June 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I was an early drinker too! Early memories of holidaying in Florida and trying a sip of my mums Pina Colada! I do drink socially, but I’ve never seen the deal with going out to get drunk! Seems pointless. The french introduce wine at meals from a very early age (watered down to start). I think if alcohol isn’t made to be a big deal, you grow up not wanting it so much.
    Saying that though… I do want these. Like right now. Just one will do though =D

  • Reply brandi June 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    these would totally be okay to eat in the car, right? i don’t see an open container.

    • Reply Adrianna June 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      WHOA. You know, I have noooo idea if you can actually do that. Need to read up on that STAT.

  • Reply Eileen June 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    These look amazing! One more reason to go find a popsicle mold…although I bet these juleps would be perfectly delicious in liquid form too.

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