5 Creative DIY Popsicles Ideas

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Popsicles are the quintessential treat of the summer. Instead of buying frozen popsicles loaded with artificial ingredients, you can create your own at home that are loaded with healthy and yummy ingredients.  It’s healthier for everyone and a delicious way to have fun! All it takes is a blending of fruits and juices and freezing them into popsicle molds. It couldn't be any easier. Today we have 5 creative DIY popsicle recipes just for you. Take these popsicles to your next party and show off your popsicle-making skills to your guests! 

 

 

1. Ginger Hibiscus Watermelon Mint Popsicle

What You’ll Need: 

  • Popsicle Molds
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Strainer

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cups of water 
  • 2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 inch fresh ginger peeled + finely chopped or grated for flavor
  • ¼ cup of honey (add 1-2 tablespoons more for a sweeter pop)
  • ¼ cup fresh mint you can also use basil (if you like that flavor better)
  • 4-5 cups fresh watermelon
  • The juice of 1 lemon 

Instructions: 

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium size pot. Remove from the heat and add the hibiscus flowers, ginger, honey and mint leaves. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain into a blender and discard the used hibiscus flowers, ginger and mint.
  2. To the blender, add the the watermelon and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer/sieve or into a bowl lined with cheesecloth. Squeeze out all the juice and discard the watermelon pulp.
  3. Pour the mixture among 8 popsicle molds. Place the molds in the freezer and freeze for 1 hour. Remove and insert popsicle sticks. Return to the freezer and freeze until firm, about 4 hours. To remove the popsicles, run the mold under hot water for 10 seconds and then pull the popsicles out of the molds. 
  4. Store in the freezer.

 

 

 


2. Champagne Popsicles

What you’ll need: 

  • Popsicle Molds
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Strainer

Ingredients: 

  • ¾ cup Barefoot Bubbly Berry Fusion 
  • ¾ Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne
  • 8-10 oz of mixed berries (raspberries and blueberries)

Instructions:

  1. Fill one half of the popsicle wells halfway with Barefoot Bubbly Berry Fusion
  2. Fill the other half of the popsicle wells halfway up with Bubbly Extra Dry Champagne.
  3. Layer each well with the berries.
  4. Cover top of popsicle mold with foil. Create a hole in the center of each well just large enough to insert a popsicle stick; insert popsicle stick.
  5. Transfer to freezer and chill until frozen solid, about 2-4 hours (time may vary according to freezer type and how full it is).

 

 

 


3. Raspberry Coconut Popsicle

What You’ll Need: 

  • Popsicle Molds
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Strainer

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 can (13.66 ounces) full-fat coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons of honey  
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen raspberries 
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Instructions:

  1. Place the brown sugar, ⅔ can of full fat coconut milk, and 2 tablespoons of honey into the blender. Then blend and process for 1-2 minutes or until totally blended. Set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine the rest of the coconut milk mixture, the frozen raspberries, remaining 2 tablespoons honey, remaining 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar, the large banana, lime zest, and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the coconut mixture evenly among 7-8 popsicles. Freeze for 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Pour the raspberry mixture evenly on top of the coconut mixture. Freeze for another 15 minutes and then add in the popsicle sticks.
  5. Freeze overnight or until solid.
  6. When ready to enjoy a popsicle, place the mold under warm water for about 15 seconds and the popsicle should come right out.
  7. Enjoy immediately.

 

 

 

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Fudge Pops

*(Vegan & Gluten free)

What You’ll Need: 

  • Popsicle Molds
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Strainer

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces milk (about 1 ½ cups, unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • ½ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup crunchy peanut butter (nutella may be substituted)
  • ⅓  cup granulated sugar to taste 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup of Golden Grahams Cereal 

Instructions: 

  1. Add all ingredients except for cereal to the blender. Then blend until smooth. 
  2. Add the cereal and pulse a couple times to incorporate. Keep in mind that some pieces will be whole, some will be crushed.
  3. Pour mixture into a popsicle mold, insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid. If you don’t have molds, you can pour this into freezer-safe bowls and eat like ice cream. Alternatively, pour into paper cups like Dixie cups, cover each cup with plastic wrap, freeze for about an hour, insert wooden sticks into the semi-frozen mixture, and the plastic wrap will help to hold sticks upright; freeze until solid.
  4. Fudge pops will keep for at least 2 months in the freezer.

 

 

 

5. Mango Kiwi Lemonade Popsicle

What You’ll Need: 

  • Popsicle Molds
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Strainer

Ingredients:

  • 2 mangoes peel and cut up
  • 1 ¼ cups lemonade
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3-4 kiwis, peeled and sliced ¼ thick

Instructions:

  1. Blend the mangoes in a blender or food processor until pureed. 
  2. Add the lemonade and lemon zest and blend well. 
  3. Fill popsicle molds ⅔ of the way full. It will seem as though we are being skimpy with the liquid, but the kiwi takes up a lot of room.
  4. Place the sliced kiwi into the molds. You may be able to fit two slices per mold. The liquid is thick enough that the kiwi slices will not sink to the bottom. Freeze for about 1 ½ hours before inserting popsicle sticks (this is so we don’t end up just pushing the kiwi down when we insert the sticks. Freeze until solid, about another 3 – 4 hours.

 

 

Love this article? Let us know in the comment section below. These popsicles would be a great addition to any summer party and we would love to see what you do with them at your next event! 

5 Must Have Drinks for Any Party!

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Summer is here and the parties just keep coming. With celebrations commencing, kids coming back home from college, and all the like, having a few options for alcoholic beverages at your party is an absolute must. Though when having a party, you may find yourself running into a bit of trouble finding just the perfect drinks to serve your guests. Well don’t worry, Randy Fuhrman Events has your back! Read below for our choice of the top 5 must have drinks that anyone should have at their party. 

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5 MUST HAVE DRINKS FOR ANY PARTY! 

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1. Classic Martini

An absolute must-have for any party. Not only is this a great classic to have, but you can also make your own adjustments to the recipe to make it one of your own creations. Try different types of alcohols such as gin or vodka as well as different types of olives. Plus, this drink will be sure to add a bit of style to your party. Just be sure to have it stirred and not shaken.
 
Ingredients:

4 oz. Gin or Vodka
1 oz. Dry Vermouth
 
 
Directions:

  1. Stir vermouth and gin with cracked ice
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with an olive.

 

 

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2. Traditional Margarita:

This is a great drink to have at your party especially if it’s hot. This is one that will definitely help cool down your guests. The great thing about this drink is that not only can you serve it stirred, but you can also blend it with ice to make it almost like a slushy and trust us, on a hot summer day, having this blended can be a lifesaver for guests. Play with different elements in the drink such as adding different herbs or experimenting with different brands and types of tequilas. 

Ingredients:
2 oz. Silver Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Lime juice
Salt for the rim
 
Directions:

  1. Rub the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with lime juice and dip it into the salt. 
  2. Shake tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice in a mixing glass
  3. Then strain into the salted glass over ice.

 

 

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3. Old Fashioned

You say old fashioned and we say classic! This drink is a great one to have at your party as this will draw all of those who want to have some class and style served along with their drink. This is a great drink for anyone who likes whiskey with a bit of sweetness. With having a variety of ways this can be played with, a creative bartender will be able to add a unique flair on this particular one. 
 
Ingredients:
2 oz. Bourbon or Rye whiskey
3 Dashes Angostura bitters
1 Sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp. loose sugar)
Club soda
 
 
 
Directions:

  1. Place sugar in an Old Fashioned glass. 
  2. Wet it down with Angostura bitters and a splash of club soda, then muddle the ingredients. 
  3. Add a large ice cube and whiskey. 
  4. Stir and then garnish with an orange twist.

 

 

 

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4. Negroni

This is a great drink to have for a summer party as this is a drink that has hints of summer in every sip. Sweet, delicious and refreshing are some of the words that can be used to describe the Negroni. 

Ingredients:
1 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Vermouth Rosso
 
Directions:

  1. Shake ingredients well with cracked ice. 
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish was an orange twist.

 

5. Manhattan

This is another great drink for whiskey drinkers. We do suggest that while using quality whiskey is a for sure way to win the hearts of your guests with this drink, that using a sweet vermouth will be sure to make this drink one that everyone will remember. 
 
Ingredients:
2 oz. Bourbon or Rye
1 oz. Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
2 Dashes Angostura bitters
 
Directions:

  1. Stir ingredients well with cracked ice
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a twist or maraschino cherry.

 
 
Having these drinks would be a great addition to any party. Plus with being able to add your own creative spins on to each of these recipes, you can have even more fun just by making them. 
 

 


Love these recipes? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts and see which recipe you liked most and what you’ve done differently to make it your own! 

“If Life Gives Avocados, Make Guacamole!”

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The avocado craze has not gone away. Since it is the summer that means free time, vacations, and parties. Summer grill parties are a for sure thing this year and with that in mind, you’ll want to be that guest that brings the best guac. It is a perfect blend of spice and crunch that will melt in your mouth. Guacamole is a must to spice up any potluck, party, or event. This recipe will for sure be the first to be finished by everyone. 

Tools:

  • Bowl
  • Fork to mash avocados
  • Cutting board
  • Knife 
  • Juicer 

Ingredients:

6 Large ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
2 Large firm tomatoes, wedged and deseeded and then chopped 1 /4
1 Med red onion, peeled and chopped fine
1 Bunch cilantro (leaves only), chopped fine
1 Medium jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
2 Cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped fine
2 Tablespoons of lime juice (fresh is best)
Salt to taste
Tabasco to taste 


Method: 

  1. Mash the avocados and add the lime juice
  2. Then add tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic blend well
  3. Salt and Tabasco to taste
  4. Refrigerate till ready to use 

Notes

Save on of the seeds from the avocado to help the guacamole from turning color
If you like spicier use 2 jalapeno peppers and more Tabasco 

 

 

You can never go wrong with guacamole. Guacamole is delicious and loved by many people. It tastes great with chips and a perfect dish for dip. If you want to be really creative try using this guacamole recipe on your sandwiches and burritos. 

Love this recipe? Let us know down below in the comment section. We’d love to see and hear of how you shared this dish at your party!

Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce

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With summer here, you’re bound to be grilling. Check out chef Randy’s fantastic Recipe for barbeque sauce. Randy created this signature sauce 30 years ago for a holiday party for musician and actress, Barbara Mandrell and it’s been exciting taste buds every since. So much so that it ended up in Woman's Day Magazine! This goes well with any meat and is a definite must have at your next party or any time that you’re at the grill. Be prepared to lick your fingers from this sweet and savory BBQ sauce.

What you’ll need:

  • Saucepan
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

 

Ingredients: 

  • 4-cups your favorite b-b-q sauce  
  • 1-cup chopped brown onion ¼ inch chop 
  • 1/8 lb butter (that is ½ of a stick of butter)
  • 2-bay leaves 
  • 1-cup sweet and spicy mustard 
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • ½ cup Southern Comfort 

 

Method:

1. Melt Butter and saute onions until tender
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for two hours until flavors have blended
3. Remove the bay leaves
4. Let sauce cool and then refrigerate till ready to use 

 

Notes:

This can be done in advance and stored for weeks. It's also great on chicken, steak, ribs but it makes an incredible sauce for meatballs.

For holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas you can add 2 cups of whole berry cranberry sauce and make cocktail meatballs with this recipe and it is incredible or even use it for a fruited b-b-q sauce for your chicken, or ribs. 

 

Impressed with what you read? Make your own batch and pair it with your favorite meat. We’d love to hear what you think of it in the comment section below. Be sure to stay tuned next Thursday for more delicious recipes from chef, Randy Fuhrman.