Watermelon Pom Pops


2 tablespoons raw sugar
1/4 cup water
3 cups watermelon, seeds removed and cubed
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1 cup pomegranate juice

To make the simple syrup, bring the water to boil, add the sugar, and remove from heat.
Next, puree the watermelon, and add the simple syrup and lime juice. Pour the watermelon mixture into Popsicle moulds, or paper Dixie cups, and fill to two-thirds full. Allow the mixture to freeze for 30 minutes, and then pour in the pomegranate juice.
After 30 minutes, add the Popsicle sticks.


Watermelon Lavender Sorbet

This sophisticated twist on watermelon is perfect for an adult gathering. For kids, omit the lavender and just give them the sorbet!

4 1/2 cups pureed watermelon pulp (divided)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lavender (culinary lavender, or try using lavender tea)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vodka (watermelon or citrus flavor – optional – helps to prevent sorbet from setting up too firm)


In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add 1/2 cup watermelon pulp, sugar, lavender and salt. Bring to a slow boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes.

Place strainer over a large bowl and pour syrup mixture through, straining out lavender flowers. Add remaining 4 cups watermelon, lemon juice and vodka. Stir until blended.

Pour into container, cover, place in freezer. When semi-solid, mash up sorbet with fork and freeze again. When frozen, place sorbet mixture into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Scoop desired amount into a small bowl or parfait dish, garnish with a small wedge of watermelon and a lavender sprig.



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