They always say you should write about what you know. Well, I know how to put alcohol in anything.
I learned a lot in college. Because I couldn’t decide on a major for the longest time, I took classes in pretty much every subject out there. Everything from linguistics to psychology to art have been in my arsenal of “things I know from school”, and my friends can attest to the fact that I remember a lot (maybe too much?) as a result of extreme exam-time cramming (which is surprising, because I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday.) Every time I tie some obscure fact into conversation, my friend Wesley teases, “Oh yeah? Did you take a class on that?” Yes. Yes, in fact, I did.
Honestly, though, some of my favorite things I learned in college were learned outside of the classroom. I’ll tell you what, knowing how to make Boozy Water Ice (or Italian Ice for you non-South-Jersians) will probably come in handy more often in the future than anything I learned in college math courses. Yay for calculators!
As you probably have guessed already, I also learned how to make cocktail popsicles while I was in college. Mind you, I have tweaked the recipe a lot since then, and I’ve experimented with different flavors to see what I like best. The hands-down winner? Margarita Popsicles.
They’re creamy, they’re lime-y, they’re salty, and they’ve got tequila in them. Who can go wrong on a hot day with a glass of lemonade in one hand (or Strawberry Basil Spiked Lemonade– we don’t judge here) and a Margarita Popsicle in the other?
Surprisingly enough, even my boyfriend couldn’t stop raving about them when I made them last time, saying, “You should sell these, Morgan; you could make a lot of money. They’re so good!” and telling me about how people would line up around the block for tasty, tequila-filled popsicles. Maybe so, but I’d rather share the recipe with you, for free.
I like to consider myself a philanthropist. I give the people what they need. What better way to increase the well-being of humankind than to give them a recipe with tequila in it?
I’m just kidding of course, but here’s the recipe anyway. Feel free to experiment by mixing in muddled fruits for, say, a strawberry margarita or a watermelon margarita after you get the basic recipe down. Enjoy!
- 1¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes), plus 4 limes for stabilizing the popsicle sticks
- 1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup tequila
- 2 tablespoons orange juice (optional)
- Kosher salt or margarita salt
- In a pitcher or large cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, water, tequila, and orange juice. It is important to combine the ingredients in a container that has a spout because it will make it much easier to pour the mix into cups.
- Line out the Dixie cups on a baking sheet, so it will be easy to transport them to the freezer. Fill each Dixie cup 90% of the way with the tequila mixture.
- Slice the limes into ¼ inch thick rounds. Push a craft spoon through the center of each lime round, so that half of the stick pokes out from each side. Top the mixture with the lime sticks. Make sure the lime is resting directly on top of the tequila mixture.
- Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight. When ready to remove the popsicles from the Dixie cups, simply snip a small cut in the rim of each cup and peel them away from the popsicle. Place the popsicles onto a dish with crushed ice to keep them from melting too quickly, Sprinkle the tops generously with kosher salt, and serve.