BSGR Blog—How Grace’s Kitchen Became “Margaritaville”

After coming across a recipe for margarita popsicles, Betty decides it would be the perfect treat to share with her friend Grace.

“Nibblin’ on sponge cake, Watchin’ the sun bake…” (Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett)

Well, it wasn’t exactly sponge cake, but Grace was making a special chocolate cake for me and I decided to make a refreshing snack for the two of us to enjoy while she pursued her labor of love. Truly it was a labor of love because Grace has been trying to wean me off chocolate for some time now. Maybe this was reverse psychology??

Anyway, I happened to come across this very interesting recipe for Salted Watermelon Margarita Popsicles. It made me think of that old Jimmy Buffett song and seeing as how the end of summer is still a bit steamy, I decided it would be the perfect treat.

Popsicles for Adults

All summer long, I’ve been blending up delicious smoothies, making home-made ice cream, fruity popsicles, frozen ice cream cake…all kid-focused.
Now, the adults are in the house! Kids are out!

Time for a frozen snack for adults. And what better time than today to cool down my good friend Grace, who I am sure is setting the kitchen on fire with her culinary fervor.

I was so happy to find this recipe because I had quite a bit of watermelon still in the fridge. And, honestly, how many ways can I carve up a watermelon? Anyway, the kids have had enough.

And we don’t have to feel guilty because these popsicles are sugar-free, sweetened by the watermelon which has plenty of natural sugar inside. Grace and I have been working on our waistlines (well at least thinking about them!)

I used the same molds I’ve been using all summer to make popsicles for the kids (and the entire neighborhood, it seemed). I already had the watermelon on hand. I needed some lime juice and slices from fresh lime, that healthy pink Himalayan salt, which I always have on hand, and…well, yes, of course…Tequila!

The whole process is so easy, that even in my “you never know what is going to happen” life, nothing could possibly go wrong. You just cube up the watermelon, throw it into the blender and smush it until it’s smooth. Then you add all the rest of the stuff, pour it into your popsicle molds and put it in the freezer for around 2.5 hours. Then you add the slices of lime and return to the freezer for another 3-4 hours. Voila!

Grace was making the chocolate cake today, so I made the Margarita popsicles the night before. I was sure to wrap them in double aluminum foil with big letters: “DO NOT TOUCH!” Heaven forbid, I should have tipsy kids running around the neighborhood!

I went over to Grace’s house mid-morning. She was just starting the cake. All the ingredients were out, including zucchini. “What’s the zucchini for,” I asked. “It goes into the cake,” Grace told me. Zucchini in chocolate cake…this cake is going to be strange, right up there with all of Grace’s far-out inventions. I was glad I brought the Margarita popsicles. In fact, I decided we needed to start as soon as possible!

“How I Got Here I Haven’t a Clue”

“Here, cool off with one of these,” I said as I handed a Salted Watermelon Margarita Popsicle to Grace. Her eyes lit up as she asked me what I had brought over. “Popsicles for adults,” and that was all I needed to say.

We sat down and slurped on our margarita popsicles, planning our grand opening.” You know Grace,” I said, “these margarita popsicles are perfect for our diet, there’s no sugar!” “In that case,” Grace said, “let’s have another one.”

And so it went until we finished the popsicles. Grace never did get to the cake that day, but she did make it later. I was spared the zucchini.

And her husband and kids had a great laugh when they found us horizontal on the floor, listening to Margaritaville and wondering what happened to the day.

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