The higher nutrition comes from superfood protein-rich spirulina in these salted blue lemonade margarita popsicles. And they are so easy to make, just lemon and lime juice, blue spirulina, maple syrup, and tequila or not - your choice. If you make them sans tequila, they are kid-friendly and just blue lemonade popsicles!
Salted Blue Lemonade Margarita Popsicles
Salted Blue Lemonade Margarita Popsicles. Or Blue Lemonade Popsicles to be kid-friendly. Or Blue Lemonade Superfood Popsicles
Should we eat them or just stare at them, or just continue to make up names for them.
They say blue is the color of bliss, and popsicles trigger smiles, and tequila is the stuff of parties, so these pops might be the perfect route to your happy place.
And it won't take long to get there.
Not only is this recipe easier than most, it is super delicious, tart and sweet and fresh. But guess what happens if you leave out the liquor?
We have a Kid-Friendly Blue Lemonade Popsicle
Feel like leaving out the liquor, be my guest! You'll end up with a blue lemonade popsicle instead. Or a blue lemonade superfood popsicle. Here I go, making up names again.
Anyway, the base ingredients are very refreshing and, most importantly, healthy!
If you add the alcohol, remember that the popsicles won't freeze rock hard. Still you'll be putting in much less liquor per popsicle than the typical margarita, so don't worry, you'll still have a frosty treat.
And the blue?
Like I said, that is spirulina, my friends, blue spirulina. A healthy algae, and a great source of protein, energy and other nutrients. And said to be one of the most popular superfoods today!
How Healthy is Superfood Spirulina?
This superfood, which comes in powder or tablet form, is literally pond scum.
Hopefully the brand you use is sourced away from pollutants however. I have linked to my favorite in the recipes.
The nutritional benefits to spirulina are high, and include calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A, E and K. And it is known for the ability to boost immunity and reduce fatigue.
Perhaps it's strongest claim to fame regarding nutrition however is that it is considered one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, or rather all essential amino acids essential to the body that the body cannot produce on its own.
So it's perfect for smoothies and popsicles and lattes! It's a bit fishy is flavor however, so it is best in recipes that mask that flavor.
So the added nutrition is an added bonus to this beautiful pop.
Don't be intimidated by the blue spirulina. I have used PureRaw and Blue Majik, but you can use your favorite brand. And I have sometimes achieved a stronger aqua color by mixing a bit of blue spirulina with green spirulina. Each time I make these popsicles though the color is different.
You want to use a trusted brand of spirulina, one that has no heavy metals. And you'll need the spirulina in powder form as you be dissolving it in water. I actually warmed the water a bit and used a high-speed blender to be sure it dissolved; you don't want spirulina grains floating in your pops!
How to Make Salted Blue Lemonade Margarita Popsicles
And it's a simple recipe, just lemon and lime juice, blue spirulina, maple syrup, silver tequila and blue curacao.
I suggest using fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice, and buy a tequila that is clear white, as in "silver". I will leave brands of tequila and blue curacao up to you!
And I sweetened these with maple syrup, because it's healthier than other sweeteners but you can try your favorite. Once we sweetened them with green grapes and no syrup!
I suggest you add half the sweetener first, and then taste-test the mixture in case that makes it sweet enough for you.
So you can find my Salted Blue Lemonade Margarita Pops recipe and dozens of other terrific margarita recipes from other talents by visiting Margarita Week page here.
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Salted Blue Lemonade Margarita Popsicles
- ½ cup lime juice
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ½ cup water + 1 tbsp blue Spirulina powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup silver tequila
- 2 tbsp blue curacao
Make Spirulina water
- Blend water and 1 tbsp of blue spirulina powder until fully dissolved.
Make Blue Lemonade Margarita
- Squeeze your lemons and limes to gather 1 cup of juice combined.
- Stir in a container (I used my blender pitcher), the blue water, juices, tequila and blue curacao. Add the maple syrup and taste-test, add more if needed.
Make the Popsicles
- Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds. Freeze the mold for 1 hour and then insert sticks.
- Freeze the mold for another 4 hours or more.Remove popsicles by submerging mold (not getting popsicles wet) in a tub of hot water.
Pull out a popsicle, put it in the freezer immediately. If you have included the alcohol, they will melt fast.
- I also wet the top of each removed popsicle and dotted on salt to emulate a real margarita. If you don't want to add salt, use coconut shreds - it's tropical!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients and another immunity-boosting smoothie shot book, 4-Ingredient Smoothies + Juices , due out in January 2021. On this blog you'll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism, editor at The Feedfeed and a nutritional expert at WikiHow. More about Dee Dine here.