I’ve been making a lot of popsicles this summer. However, this is my first time in history adding booze to my favorite frozen treats. For the most part, I’ve been scared. Yes, I know. How the heck could I be afraid of alcohol? (Have you seen my Thirsty Thursday posts? I’m all about cocktails!)
Popsicles are frozen and alcohol doesn’t freeze. Okay, technically alcohol DOES freeze, however only a super freezer will ever fall to that temperature. I’ve been afraid to make boozy popsicles for fear that they won’t set up. Finally I convinced myself that if it doesn’t work out, it’ll be okay. I’ll end up with a slushy alcoholic beverage.
I got a craving for mango lassi after Alex and I had lunch at one of my favorite Indian restaurants, Bhanu Indian Grocery & Cuisine. Summertime is running out. I figured I might as well add a little rum and test it out. Thankfully, it all worked out! The popsicles are not too boozy, but you definitely can taste some rum.
I always have a variety of frozen fruits in the freezer. This mango lassi is super simple and easy to make. Simply throw together frozen mango chunks, some yogurt, a splash of milk and little bit of sugar. Blend it all together and you’ve got one tasty beverage.
Best thing about these popsicles: I can get rid of the bottle of vodka taking up so much room in the freezer and replace them with these rum mango lassi popsicles. Guests would much rather eat a boozy popsicle than have a shot vodka.
Rum Mango Lassi Popsicles
Yield: 12 popsicles
- 2 1/2 cups mango chunks, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar, adjust according to mango sweetness
- 1/2 cup dark rum
- additional mango chunks, if desired
- In blender, combine mango, yogurt, milk, sugar and rum. Process until smooth.
- Add some mango chunks to popsicle mold. Fill popsicle molds with mango lassi.
- Place in freezer and let chill for 1 hour. Remove from freezer and insert wooden sticks in molds. Return to freezer for another 4 hours until popsicles are solid.
The Little Epicurean