Trending
MOST READ

Best Salsa Club

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
A Primer on Freetail\'s Downtown Brewery

A Primer on Freetail's Downtown Brewery

The Beer Issue: Scott Metzger is almost too zen as we talk on the phone about the impending opening of Freetail’s Brewery and Tasting Room on... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/15/2014
The Different Types of Roommates You Might Encounter and How to Deal

The Different Types of Roommates You Might Encounter and How to Deal

College Guide 2013: If you’re going to be in a college dorm, a spacious apartment, a cramped shared bedroom or anywhere on a college campus for that matter, be prepared for your... By Mary Caithn Scott 8/20/2013
Statewide Showdowns

Statewide Showdowns

News: With less than a month until the November 4 general election, we thought we’d take a break from the local mayoral race and round up the latest on the... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 10/15/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Food & Drink

Sweet Toof: Boozy paletas for hot summer days

Photo: Christopher Collins, License: N/A

Christopher Collins



Related stories


Paletas (aka delicious popsicles) are one of the few ways to keep cool during the sweltering summer days. If I absolutely have to go into a stuffy kitchen this month, it’s to hurriedly grab a cool treat from my freezer and rush back to the comfort of my living room where the window-unit blows chilly air.
The only thing that could make these sweet pops better is booze, and lots of it. To make them, purchase popsicle molds from any big box or restaurant supply store, or go full DIY with paper cups and popsicle sticks.

For my first attempt, I played around with fresh mangos picked up during a recent Rio Grande Valley visit and decided to keep things simple by creating a paleta version of another local fave, the margarita.
The most taxing part of the recipe is peeling, pureeing and straining the mango mixture, but it’s worth it.

Strawberry Mango Margarita Paletas
Makes 4 large pops

4 ataulfo mangos
1 cup water
5 ounces silver tequila, divided use
1 1/2 ounce triple sec
2 tablespoons simple syrup
1/2 cup strawberries

Peel and dice the mangos. Using a blender, puree the mango flesh until smooth. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth (available at H-E-Bs and restaurant supply stores).

Combine puree with water, 4 ounces tequila, triple sec and simple syrup.

Halve strawberries and add one ounce tequila; macerate using a fork until berries are pulpy. Divide the mixture evenly into your popsicle molds.

Pour mango puree over mixture and freeze for about an hour and a half. Add popsicle sticks or mold caps and freeze for another hour and a half or overnight.

The second recipe, on the other hand, was a bit of a leap after finding ripe tamarind pods. Unless you have a tree readily available, you can pick up tamarind paste at Asian markets around town. I decided to go a bit more Caribbean with the second pop, adding spiced rum and ginger beer to create a tart Dark and Stormy.

Dark and Stormy Tamarind Paletas
Makes 4 large pops

3/4 cup tamarind paste
2 cups water
5 ounces spiced rum
6 ounces ginger beer
2 tablespoons simple syrup

Mix tamarind paste, water, rum, ginger beer and simple syrup and stir until combined. Pour into popsicle molds and chill for three hours or overnight.

Recently in Food & Drink
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus