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Chill Out with Delicious DIY Cocktail Popsicles

Your summertime cocktail hour just got a lot more fun – and refreshing – thanks to these cool adults-only boozy pops. From Strawberry-Aperol, made with summertime berries, to an herbaceous Cucumber-Gin and a marmalade-infused Orange-Negroni, you’re bound to find your preferred tipple in one of these flavours. While it is tempting to add more alcohol, resist the urge; these won’t fully freeze if you’re overly generous.

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Strawberry-Aperol Cocktail Popsicles

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Makes: 4 cocktail popsicles

Ingredients:
1 cup water
6 medium fresh strawberries, hulled
1½ oz Aperol or Campari
1½ oz ice wine
2 Tbsp granulated sugar

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Tap blender container to remove air bubbles. Fill popsicle mould, place in sticks and freeze until completely frozen, at least 8 hours. Remove from mould and enjoy.

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Cucumber-Gin Cocktail Popsicles

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Makes: 4 cocktail popsicles

Ingredients:
1 cup water
½ cup roughly chopped English cucumber
2 oz gin
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp lime juice

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Tap blender container to remove air bubbles. Fill popsicle mould, place in sticks and freeze until completely frozen, at least 8 hours. Remove from mould and enjoy.

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Orange-Negroni Cocktail Popsicles

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Makes: 4 cocktail popsicles

Ingredients:
1 cup water
2 oz Campari or Aperol
2 oz sweet vermouth
1½ oz gin
4 Tbsp high-quality orange marmalade

Directions:
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Tap blender container to remove air bubbles. Fill popsicle mould, place in sticks and freeze until completely frozen, at least 8 hours. Remove from mould and enjoy.

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Looking for more delightful summer drinks? Try one of our 30 Cocktails to Keep You Cool This Summer.

3 Easy and Delicious Desserts Using Frozen Fruit

It’s that time of year again; the days are short, the wind is bitter cold and, to make things worse, most of our favourite fruit isn’t in season.
If you’re craving a fresh, fruit-filled dessert, avoid the pricey, less-than-tasty fresh berries at your grocery store and turn to your freezer.

Frozen fruit is preserved at its peak, making sure that it’s perfectly sweet and juicy. While you’re used to popping it into your morning smoothies, why not transform them into amazing crumbles, turnovers and sundaes? Follow our easy tips to make these three quick and tasty desserts right at home.

frozen cherry turnovers

Cherry Turnovers: Thaw one sheet (half of a 450g package) of puff pastry; cut into 6 rounds. Pat dry 1 cup thawed frozen sweet black cherries to remove excess liquid. In small bowl, combine cherries, 2 tsp cornstarch and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Divide cherry mixture and place in centres of pastry rounds. Brush water around perimeter of each pastry round. Fold pastry in half to enclose filling, pressing edges of pastry to adhere. Using fork, seal pastry. Bake in 400°F oven until pastry is puffed and golden.

Berry Crumble: Thaw frozen fruit of your choice, such as peaches, berries or rhubarb. Thoroughly pat fruit dry to remove excess liquid. Combine fruit with a little sugar, vanilla extract and a squeeze of lemon juice; scrape into oven-proof dish and set aside. In separate bowl, combine 1 part brown sugar to 1 part flour. Stir in a dash of cinnamon. Using your fingers, rub in 1/3 part cold cubed butter to create a mixture that resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle crumble mixture over fruit. Bake in 375°F oven until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden.

Homemade Sundae: In saucepan, combine frozen fruit such as raspberries, strawberries or cherries with a couple Tbsp of sugar and a splash of water. Bring to boil; simmer, stirring occasionally, until fruit breaks down and mixture is sauce-like. Stir in a squeeze of lemon juice. Spoon sauce over vanilla ice cream; top with dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with toasted chopped almonds.

Looking for more bright ideas? Try these 20 Life-Changing Freezer Hacks.

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5 Easy Ways to Make Freezer Foods Gourmet

Growing up, frozen foods were more of an exotic novelty rather than the norm in our household. Nonetheless, when the occasional packaged or boxed item made it on to the table, my mother would never have dreamed of heating and serving it without an added flourish. Canned tomato soup would get extra grindings of black pepper, a dollop of Worcestershire sauce and a poached egg, and even humble packaged ramen noodles were always garnished with roasted pork goodness in the form of char siu (sometimes home made), steamed greens and eggs, and the noodles were cooked separately to avoid added starchiness in the broth.

Now, in my own kitchen, I follow the same principles on those nights when even takeout seems too complicated. Here are five tips to get the best out of your freezer forays to turn those frosty treats into gourmet goodies.

Chicken Pot Pie

1. Think fresh
Add fresh ingredients, whether a sprinkling of garden herbs, some chopped tomatoes or even a squeeze of citrus to take away that freezer aroma from your frozen lasagna or cannelloni. A quick perusal of your crisper and a couple of minutes with a knife will give you a myriad of choices: think hot or sweet peppers, green onions or zucchini for crunch.

2. Texture contrasts
It’s a sad, but true; the freezer can bring out the worst in foods in terms of texture, making things soggy, mushy or, in the worst case, slightly freezer burned. A crunchy topping such as chopped nuts, coconut, bacon or panko crumbs sauteed with garlic and butter can make a huge difference to that creamy casserole or tikka masala chicken. If your entrée of choice is crispy, such as a freezer pizza, think of adding a creamy element before tossing it in the oven, whether it’s fresh mozzarella or even an egg cracked (gently!) on top.

3. Sweet and sour
A little splash of acid can brighten up a frozen stew or hearty pasta main: red wine or sherry vinegar will add a piquant touch. If a marinara or tomato-based sauce is too acidic, a basil purée or even a tiny bit of sugar will help balance it out. For a final flourish, pour on a touch of luxury with a good olive oil or some truffle oil.

4. Get saucy
Lean proteins, such as chicken, turkey, shrimp or fish, or frozen vegetables such as edamame or peas can be eaten by themselves, but why not give them the benefit of a simple sauce? For a go-to favourite, try Laura Calder’s Basic Béchamel Sauce, which can be the foundation for herbs, cheese, Dijon mustard or other flavourings. Or, layer your proteins or vegetables over rice and make your own topping with ponzu or soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce, rice wine vinegar or whatever you pull out of your fridge door. For bite-sized morsels such as chicken nuggets, those items can be combined in different proportions or added to mayonnaise to make your own dip creation.

5. Add starch
Need to make a meal? Add pasta, rice or noodles — or why not whip up a batch of biscuits to drop onto your frozen stew or casserole to add some starch? Alternatively, you can combine freezer foods such as frozen pie crust and creamy chicken a la king with fresh chopped vegetables, to make a “homemade” pot pie. For starchy side dishes such as macaroni and cheese or cheese pierogies, make them into an entrée by adding fresh or frozen vegetables and flavour-packed toppings such as fried bacon, shallots or onions.

Inspired to see your freezer in a new light? Try 12 Make-Ahead Meals You Can Freeze, stock your freezer according to our 11 Delicious Ways to Use Freezer-Friendly Foods, and make the most of your space with 20 Life-Changing Freezer Hacks.

4-Ingredient Key Lime Pie Pops

If you enjoy a good key lime pie, you’re going to love these pie-inspired pops. Lime Greek yogurt is mixed with lime juice and zest, then layered between crunchy graham cracker crumbs.

Healthy, refreshing and delicious, satisfy your pie cravings with this sweet and tart summertime treat.

key lime pie pops

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Serves: 8

Ingredients:
3 cups Lime Greek Yogurt
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp lime zest
½ cup graham cracker crumbs

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Directions:
1. In a bowl stir together Greek yogurt, lime juice and lime zest.
2. Fill each popsicle mold halfway with yogurt mixture. Add a spoonful of graham cracker crumbs and continue to fill popsicle molds. Finish with another thin layer of graham cracker crumbs then insert popsicle stick and freeze.
3. To serve, run the bottom of the popsicle mold under warm water for 10 seconds and pull gently on the stick to release the popsicle.