Even though I grew up in Newfoundland where water and fishing define lifestyle, the summers were cool and just hanging out at the beach was not something I did.
Fast forward to today. Since we recently moved into a home with nearby beach access and hot summer weather, life has changed. Did I also mention a nice neighbor with a pool? Summer at its finest!
All this in-your-face summer fun means we are in need of icy, refreshing flavors to have, to hold, and to share with our growing number of guests. I had no idea casual beach living would be such a draw!
Although most of my adult life I have been the poster child for a workaholic, this year I have been much more laid back. I’m relaxing my own rules for entertaining.
I still want to serve guests something they’ll love but I don’t want it to take forever to put together. Sam and his friends love eating Popscicle®—the original summertime treat.
I have yet to find an adult who refuses to pull his/her favorite from Popsicle’s® iconic yellow box, too! I think it takes everyone back to their childhood and it helps that the bold colors look like a party waiting to happen!
There are over 20 unique Popsicle® flavors so everyone can choose his favorite. There are also three new Popsicle® varieties this season: Tropical Paradise, Sugar Free Red Classics, and Sam’s favorite, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™.
I was dinking around with easy drink ideas to serve my hot and thirsty guests and came up with this great combination. The Popsicle® melts right into the drink for fun color and flavor!
I used the new Popsicle® Tropical Paradise collection of mango, strawberry-banana, island punch and pineapple but you could make personalized drinks for everyone by letting them choose their favorite Popsicle®.
Adding little drink umbrellas makes this mocktail even more festive. They’re a quick and easy addition.
Cut a slit halfway through a cupcake wrap.
Run a thin bead of hot glue on one of the cut edges and overlap the wrap.
Add a tiny drop of glue on the blunt end of a wood pick and stick it inside the top of the “umbrella”.
Ta-da! Isn’t that cute?
Make a toast to good friends and long summer days!
Go to Popsicle.com for more cool Popsicle® fun.
- Popsicle® Tropical Paradise
- Fresh Strawberries
- Fresh Pineapple
- Fresh Oranges
- Frozen Mango (for ice cubes)
- Mandarin Orange Sparkling Water
- For the pineapple, make sure and wash the pineapple really well since you won’t be peeling it. Cut the top off and cut the pineapple into ½ inch rings. Cut each ring into quarters.
- Oranges, sliced into rings.
- Strawberries, cut in half.
- Fill each glass with frozen mango cubes. Add Popsicle® and fill with orange sparkling water. Add fresh fruit to the top. Don’t forget the umbrella. And fun straws.
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