Summer is not over, people! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the cool foods of warm weather. Like popsicles.
Ok, ok, these popsicles are nojitos, that is mojitos without the rum. Some people might feel that they are therefore missing the most important component of a true mojito. You see, this traditional Cuban drink is typically made from lime juice, rum, sugar, mint and sparkling water. I have a bit of an obsession with its flavor profile, as you can see from this earlier post. This time I have added a hefty dose of cucumber to the recipe, as it greatly increases the nutritional value of this treat, but without losing any of its flavor.
So, back to the rum.
Personally, I don’t miss the alcohol here. And alcohol does not like me very much, anyway, so I don’t touch the stuff. But hey, listen, I am not one to judge. If you would rather have some mo instead of some no in your jito, and you want to spike these babies up, just add a little rum, and enjoy the ride (will it work? Will the rum freeze? I confess, I haven’t tried it, so if you do, please let me know!). Just don’t tell the kids and make your own batch separate from theirs. Because, no matter what the French say, alcohol and kids really don’t mix.
A few words about popsicle molds. Most of them are made of plastic. Now, if you’ve read my Guide to Creating a Green Kitchen (if you haven’t yet, you can download it for FREE by signing up in the box to the right of this page), you know how I feel about plastic, and especially when it comes into contact with food. It’s not healthy, no matter how you slice it. And to make things more complicated for us, companies are now using a misleading label, the “BPA-free” label. It is about marketing, not safety. Yes, BPA is a hormone-disruptor, which has been linked to a host of health issues. But what often replaces BPA in products is something called BPS, and, it turns out, that sneaky BPS could prove to be even worse for our health than BPA ever was (see this article, and also this one). In fact, ALL plastics appear to leach unhealthy chemicals into food, so even though it is nearly impossible to avoid plastics completely (hello Vitamix or food processor), we must do what we can to reduce our exposure.
So, when I make popsicles, I choose stainless steel. I would prefer glass, but those don’t exist yet and they probably wouldn’t be very safe anyway, since they can easily crack. Are the steel molds more expensive? Yes, sadly. But are they worth it? I certainly think so. Highly durable (probably the last molds you will ever buy), they also give you great peace of mind, knowing the popsicles you are serving your loved one will not leach dirty chemicals, which is truly priceless in my opinion.
There are two stainless steel molds that I have found so far: those that look like more traditional molds (see them here), and those that are a little cheaper, but also look suspiciously like, well, you decide (see them here). I know which ones I am using from now on.
Love and health!
- 2 cucumbers
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (for popsicles that are brighter green, use organic cane sugar)
- 3/4 cup mint leaves
- 1 thumb size piece fresh ginger, finely minced
- Chop off the ends of the cucumbers. Peel them, slice them in half lengthwise, and, using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Roughly chop (about 3 cups).
- Add the cucumber, lime juice, water, sugar, mint and ginger to a high speed blender. Blend on high until liquified, about 1 minute.
- Pour into the popsicle molds and freeze until set.