Mango Tango Ice Pops

A refreshing, ice-y treat before summer ends? I shared this last August, and just had to again. Rummy-yummy and super easy, my adult popsicles are great for parties, picnics, barbecues, beach bashes – you name it. Tropical fruits are perfect partners with rum and Angostura orange bitters. And of course, fruit adds a healthy punch. The Zipzicle ice pop sleeves make these an especially fun and portable treat. A cooler with plenty of ice is all you need to take them on a picnic or to the backyard.

The pops may be made well in advance – ready to go when you are. I made so many of these last summer when I was testing, that I still have some in my freezer! And they’re still very slurpable :o)  Leave out the rum if you want a frozen fruit treat for youngsters.

If you’re a Manhattan drinker like Rosie and her dad, Ralph, try Rosie’s Tropical Manhattan Pops below. Rosie and Ralph were taste-testers for the Mango Tango Pops, then tried their favorite Manhattan in a pop.  Let us know which variation you like best! We like both 🙂

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Mango Tango Ice Pops

Prep time: 15 minutes if using pre-cut fruit     Freeze time: 2-3 hours

Makes 12 ice pops (4 cups puree)

1/2     cup Angostura® 7-Year Caribbean Rum (4 oz.)
1/4     tsp. Angostura® Orange Bitters
3        cups diced* ripe mango (about 16 oz.)
3        cups diced fresh pineapple (about 16 oz.)
12      Zipzicle® ice pop sleeves*
Funnel with 1/2” opening at the bottom

Measure rum in a liquid measuring cup; stir in orange bitters and set aside.

Place diced mango in blender container. Add half the rum mixture; cover and blend until smooth. If needed, stop blender and stir fruit a bit. When fruit is smooth, pour into a 4-cup liquid measuring cup or a pitcher with a spout. Repeat with pineapple and remaining rum-bitters mix. Add to pureed mango, stirring well.

Open ice pop sleeves. With the funnel, fill one at a time, stopping at the fill line. Seal and place upright in a tall container.* When all are filled, freeze for 2-3 hours or until frozen.

To serve, place frozen pops with ice in an ice bucket or cooler.* Frozen pops open easily if you wrap your hand around the pop for a minute. Then open the top and push up from the bottom.

* Kitchen Notes:

  • Sweetness depends on the ripeness of the fruit; really ripe fruit makes a sweeter pop.
  • The puree does not have to be perfectly smooth; small chunks are okay if they’ll fit through the funnel.
  • Puree may be made a day ahead and refrigerated.
  • It’s ok to lay pops down to freeze; the shape will be a bit flat rather than round. When serving, ice is not needed to surround the frozen pops if served within 5 minutes or so.
  • Zipzicle sleeves can be purchased on Amazon. And at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Cost Plus/World Market; call first to confirm.


Tropical Cherry Manhattan Pops

1/2 cup Bourbon
1/4 cup Sweet Vermouth
1/4 teaspoon Angostura Aromatic Bitters
3 cups canned cherries in light syrup, drained (about 16 oz.)
3 cups diced fresh pineapple (about 16 oz.)

Follow directions for preparing Mango Tango Pops.
Tropical Manhattan Pops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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