Sunday, September 25, 2016

Passion Fruit-Pineapple- Vodka Mint Popsicle


Fruity popsicles used to be my kids favorite. I used their favourite fruits from grapes, strawberry, blueberry to banana. I used to make for them every weekend and they get rewarded with one when they practice their piano pieces :) No practice No popsicle !  Since they are all married now and having their own family, they make their own ice popsicles.  Today, I make some fruity popsicles with vodka and mint added to the already refreshing fruits.... pineapple, passion fruits and lemon .   This is absolutely delicious !  The vodka and mint really add extra punch to the fruity popsicles.

Our weather is hot and humid year round.  I had a photography session with these refreshing popsicles at 5am in the morning and even then, you could see that it is starting to sweat :)  Of all the fruity flavor, this is the best thus far..the fruit used in this popsicle matches and compliment each other well.  You can omit the vodka and mint if you are making for children.  

these fruits are great for making fruity popsicles
pineapple juice, passion fruits and lemon juice
mint and vodka are added for extra punch

I used Absolut Vodka

put them in the freezer for 1 hour before putting in the wooden stick

after putting in the wooden stick , put back into the freezer and
freeze for 5-6 hours or overnight

Tips and tricks for removing popsicles from their moulds… 
Hold your mould under warm running water for a minute. 
Be sure to let the warm water hit the top and bottom of the mold, not just the middle. 
Your goal is to loosen the ends, not melt the middle of the pop

love the refreshing taste and color of these popsicles



despite a 5am photoshoot , the ice popsicles are starting to melt :p


Passion Fruit-Pineapple- Vodka Mint Popsicle

Ingredients:

1/2 medium (approx 500g) pineapple, peeled , cut into cubes for puree
7 passion fruits -  pulpy juice and seeds
1/3 cup (80ml) water
1/4 cup (50g) castor sugar
2 tbsp of vodka
1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves - lightly crush the leaves
The juice of 1/2 medium lemon

Peel pineapple and discard hard inner core. Finely dice around ½ cup of pineapple
and roughly chop the rest. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and
bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil for 1 minute, then remove
from the heat and set aside to cool briefly. Combine roughly chopped pineapple, passion fruit pulpy juice, sugar syrup, vodka, and lemon juice in a blender and blend on high until
smooth. Pass mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a jug, discarding solids. 
Spoon a little finely diced pineapple and mint leaves into each ice-block mould then
top with pineapple mixture. Snap on tops or if using wooden sticks freeze the ice-blocks
for 1 hour before inserting wooden sticks. Freeze at least 5 to 6  hours or overnight.


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Notes on health benefits of passion fruit
excerpt taken from here

Health benefits of passion fruit

  • Delicious, passion fruit is rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. 100 g fruit contains about 97 calories.
  • The fruit is a very good source of dietary fiber. 100 g fruit pulp contains 10.4 g or 27% of fiber. Good fiber in the diet helps remove cholesterol from the body. Being a good bulk laxative, it also helps protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time to toxic substances in the colon and wiping off cancer-causing toxic substances from the colon.
  • Passion fruit is good in vitamin C, providing about 30 mg per 100 g. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  • The fruit carry very good levels of vitamin-A (provides about 1274 IU per 100 g), and flavonoid antioxidants such as ß-carotene and cryptoxanthin-ß. Current research studies suggest that these compounds have antioxidant properties, and along with vitamin A are essential for good eye-sight.
  • Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A, and flavonoids may helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Fresh granadilla is very rich in potassium. 100 g fruit pulp has about 348 mg of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cells and body fluids, and helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Furthermore, granadilla is a very good source of minerals. Iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus are present in adequate amounts in the fruit.

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