I don’t have a huge sweet tooth. It’s not that I don’t enjoy sweets, I just don’t always seek them out. Desserts have to be really, really good for me to want to make them or order them when out to dinner. One example is the CMP at Woodberry Kitchen. That is insanity.

Then, last summer, a friend told me about a cookbook she’d just gotten, Paletas by Fany Gerson. Paletas are Mexican ice pops…fruit based and really refreshing vs super sweet, for the most part. So, I decided to give it a try.

I ordered myself a copy of the cookbook, along with popsicle molds and those cute little wooden sticks – gotta love Amazon (and the fact that my debit card is on file…) I had never made popsicles before. but now that I have, I can’t help but think there have got to be endless flavors you could try. I will consult one of my fave cookbooks, Culinary Artistry, and its awesome (I mean, really awesome) list of  “food matches made in heaven.”

I made two kinds: watermelon + sour cream, cherry + tequila. Don’t worry, you won’t get drunk from those, but now that I think about it, you could add more tequila… On the watermelon ones, I used a tad more sugar than the recipe suggested. On the cherry ones, I’d add more cherries and the leftover cherry juice, too. Both kinds were delicious! I shared the watermelon ones with some of my friends’ young children and even they said, “Do you have more??”

Next up, spiced tomato + tequila. (Wait. More tequila? is that a problem? Define problem.)

The cookbook also includes recipes for raspadas (shaved ice) and aguas frescas (refreshing drinks).

Here is an easy recipe using fresh berries and yogurt from Martha Stewart.

Get it!

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Amy Langrehr

Amy Langrehr is the blogger and Instagrammer behind Charm City Cook. She writes about food, drink, cooking and more in her hometown of Baltimore.