A July 4th Recipe! Pomegranate Berry Popsicles and Cocktails

I’ve just about survived our first week of summer. I’ve only signed my boys up for a couple weeks of camp here and there, but for the most part, they’ll be hanging with me.

I think that it’s so important for me to soak them up while I can.  I know it’s a cliche, but . . . it all goes by so fast! My five-year-old has two loose teeth for goodness sake!  And my seven-year-old beats me in Scrabble!  By a lot!  (When I score ten points on a word, he says, “Mommy, that’s good. . . for you.“)

Both my kids still love to play with me, hug and cuddle, and talk to me.  I’m so grateful and want to hold on to it, as I’m aware one day I’ll be dropping them off a block away from a party, and they might only call once a week from college. I get it.  So like I said, I soak them up while I can, and I love it.

Just a few days in, and we’ve already created a summer ritual of having popsicles out in the fort in our backyard.  We talk, check on the progress in the garden we planted, lick our popsicles, make a bit of a melting-popsicle mess, and hose off.  It’s summer. It’s delightful.

I created this super healthy popsicle recipe just in time for the 4th of July!  They’re just the thing to cool off the kiddos at the BBQ!  Super sweet, with no sugar added, these refreshing snacks are packed with antioxidants, and they’re delicious!

For a “grown-up” version of this luscious mixture, pour some in a glass, add a splash or two of vodka and a bit of crushed ice. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Berry Popsicles

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Active Work Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 14 small popsicles

You will need 1 standard (old school) ice-cube tray for this recipe.

Recipe

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup pomegranate juice

1-1/2 cups mixed, fresh berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)

14 popsicle sticks

  1. Mix the two juices together and set aside.
  2. Make the popsicles in a standard ice-cube tray. Evenly divide the berries and juice mixture into each little compartment in the tray. Then, using the berries for support, place a popsicle stick in the center of each one.Place the tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. They should be completely solid before you try to remove them.
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I just entered this recipe in the dessert category for the Healthy Cooking Challenge!  It’s a great event — you can check it out here!

P.S. Friday Flowers will be back next Friday.  Had to get this holiday treat in today!

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Comments

  1. says

    Valentina,

    I came across your blog via TasteSpotting and these berry pom popsicles look so yummy… I feel like grabbing one for myself…. Great clicks!!! Also I am hosting a Healthy Cooking Challenge featuring Healthy desserts… I would love for you to send in this for the event. This is a perfect guilt free summer dessert!!

    • valentina says

      I love the Healthy Cooking Challenge! Thanks for letting me know about it. I just entered this recipe, and the logo and your link is now included in my post. :-) Cheers!

    • valentina says

      Thanks, Heidi! Yes, I love using the ice cube trays — I never actually use them for ice! Go figure! Happy 4th!

  2. says

    I also think that photo was gorgeous!! I love the size of these popsicles-perfect for little hands. Your story about summer with the kids is one I can relate to! Summer has flown by and I DON’T want school to start again! SOOO cute that you guys play Scrabble too. My oldest is a wordgame-o-phile!

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