I’m not sure if you’re aware but Texas is SO HOT. Game Day in Texas is hot until December, not even kidding. So when I stumbled on these game day watermelon pops, I had to give them a try. Booze + Watermelon on a hot tailgate day? Yes please.
Game Day Watermelon Pops
How freaking cute are these? And they’re SUPER easy. I made them for a 4th of July BBQ but they are going to be a must on my game day menu moving forward, especially early into the football season.
Did you guys ever make that punch in a giant tub in college that had the fruit in it? Then you eat the fruit and it gets you tipsy in a hurry?! Sounds super germy now that I’m saying it but…College. Anyways, I suppose for the more refined human, it’s like sangria. You enjoy the drink then nibble on the fruit at the end as a little boozy bonus. YUM.
I studied abroad in Barcelona in college and fell in love with Sangria. It would have been a national crime not to right? There was one particular day I remember, everything was closed for “siesta” – the time of day when the whole city just shuts down for a couple hours – except this one tiny spot in this giant square outside a cathedral. A friend of mine and I ordered a pitcher of sangria and jut soaked in the afternoon sun before we took our own siesta.
Or there was the time I tried cava – that’s their version of champagne – sangria. So so good.
Ok back to these watermelon pops. They’re so easy and so cute and have the same sangria vibe, except there’s no drinking, just eating these gems.
- 1 small watermelon
- 1 cup of vodka
- 1 Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling Ice
- 1/2 lime
- popsicle sticks
These little cuties are easier than you think, are you ready?
- Mix the vodka, Sparkling Ice and lime juice in a bowl.
- Cut the watermelon into small wedges, under an inch thick.
- Soak the watermelon wedges in the mixture for 20 minutes.
- Insert popsicles into the watermelon wedges after they’ve finished soaking.
- Lay the pops on a baking sheet with a wire rack and freeze the pops for 1 hour.
- Enjoy (responsibly)!
You can let them marinate for longer if you’d like but be careful not to let them get too soggy. I’d do 30 minutes max.
You can use whatever vodka you like but, in my experience, Tito’s is the best for mixing. Plus the bottle is the cutest.
There you have it! The perfect game day watermelon pops that are perfect for summer too! I even think they’d be great for a bday party. Plus, with the watermelon and the low calorie Sparkling Ice, these are pretty easy on the summer bod. I guess that’s one benefit of Texas, cool treats are always necessary!
Stay cool everyone and have a wonderful 4th of July!!
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