Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles


Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles // shutterbean

It’s POPSICLE WEEK!! Did you know that? My friend Billy from Wit & Vinegar started a thing. 26 of us food bloggers are making popsicles this week cuz it’s August and it’s totally time to get excited about popsicles as if we weren’t already. And OF COURSE my contribution to POPSICLE WEEK HAD to involve booze. Who’s predictable?  This girl. I almost ALWAYS bring booze to the party. You should know this by now.

Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles // shutterbean

Some of you are looking me and saying CAMPARI??! Why, Tracy? WHYYY??

Cuz there’s nothing like it. Get over your bitterness for Campari! Seriously.

Campari Popsicles // shutterbean

Cantaloupe is super sweet. Simple syrup is SUPER DUPER SWEET and Campari is the opposite of sweet. So together they make an incredible bitter melon-cocktail like popsicle!!  I bet if you dipped these into a screwdriver (vodka + orange juice) you’d have a fantastic boozy combo. Let’s do that. Let’s also make sure we give our popsicle molds a few good spins around the block before we say so long and start binging on root vegetables and stuff.

And we’re off!

Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles // shutterbean

Cantaloupe goes into a blender with the simple syrup. Let’s puree it!

Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles // shutterbean

Pour the puree into a measuring cup with a spout.  It makes it easier to put it in the molds. PRO-TIPS!

Now Campari action.

Sidenote: When I finished high school, we took a family trip to Eurpo and my brother and I busted into our hotel mini bar in Italy thinking Campari was something Fruit Punch-like. I mean…look at that color. We were in for a big surprise after the first swig…Lessons were learned. And now he’s a Campari fan these days. End of story.

Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles // shutterbean

Look at that color! Now put it in your popsicle molds.

Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles // shutterbean

I only took this picture to show you that I didn’t spill anything. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!!

Campari Cantaloupe Popsicles // shutterbean

After some time in the freezer we are ready to get our popsicle on!

Campari Popsicles // shutterbean

ENJOY and lick responsibly (ewww). No, but seriously.

Cantaloupe Campari Popsicles

makes 10-12 popsicles

recipe adapted from the People’s Pops Cookbook

  • 1 cantaloupe (roughly 2 lbs.) peeled and seeded
  • 3/4 cup simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Campari

Cut the cantaloupe into large chunks and puree in a food processor or blender with the simple syrup. Transfer puree to a measuring cup with a pouring spout. Drizzle in the Campari and stir until well combined. Pour the mixture into empty ice pop molds, leaving a bit of room at the top for mixture to expand. Freeze for 1 hour, then nestle a popsicle stick into the each mold and freeze for another 4-5 hours. Unmold and transfer to storage bags for storage or serve at once.

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  • August 14, 2013

    Oh wow did this just happen?! This is being made tonight! Thank you for sharing! xx

  • August 14, 2013

    YUM. i need a popsicle mold.

  • I freakin’ love campari, I’m all over this! :)

  • Definitely loving these! Fun recipe!

  • August 14, 2013

    These are so Fun! We love cantaloupe around here!

  • August 14, 2013

    Boozy popsicles win every time.. This campari cantaloupe comb is just genius.

  • August 14, 2013

    Campari. I have fond, fond memories of it. Poolside, Bellagio in Vegas, years ago pre-child. Such good times :)

    I bet these Popsicles are so refreshing!

  • I would totally always invite you to my parties and yayy for including campari-i love it.

  • August 14, 2013

    I’m totally into some bitter with my sweet…contrast love FOREVER! Plus, Campari really is the best color.

  • fusilliamy
    August 14, 2013

    In preparation for hashtag popsicle week, I’ve been daydreaming on all the ways to get tipsy off of these frosty treats. Time to dust off my molds! This cantaloupe (bibbity bibbity bop funky funky) color is so pretty.

  • I gottagottagotta get these pops in my life. Campari + cantaloupe, are you kidding me? SO YUM.

  • August 14, 2013

    wanting one of these somethin fierce right now, this very moment. before coffee, yes!

  • August 14, 2013

    Awesome!! I love how the pops look like they’re hanging out in a cabana or something.

  • August 14, 2013

    boozy Popsicles? sign me up! especially cantaloupe, nothing like getting a buzz and cooling off at the same time haha

    A Golden State of Mind

  • I love pops that balance sweetness with something a little more sophisticated. My man would love these!

  • August 14, 2013

    This sounds so perfect for a late-summer treat! Definitely taking you up on that screwdriver dipping suggestion!

  • August 14, 2013

    All your boozy popsicle creations make me swoon, but alas, I’m without a mold. Do you think this or any of your other awesome recipes would work as a granita?

    • Tracy
      August 14, 2013

      Most definitely!!

  • August 14, 2013

    I never tried Campari. Now I a curious… these popsicles are gorgeous, in any case.

  • Minneapolani
    August 14, 2013

    DAY SAVER.

  • August 14, 2013

    I LOVE Campari, and have never seen it in popsicle form- this looks seriously, ridiculously amazing. Well done!

  • Kate
    August 14, 2013

    Popsicle Week is a fantastic idea. By the way, I ADORE my Whirly Pop! Thank you, Tracy and Casey :)

  • August 14, 2013

    Oh man! My husband brought home a cantaloupe the other day and I was thinking “man I should make ice cream or something with this” and then we just cut it up and ate it. Back to the store because these look fantastic!

  • August 14, 2013

    Boozy pops, booooooozy pops. These look amazing.

  • August 14, 2013

    I love bitter campari! Then again, I love endive, kale and anything bitter, so of course this sounds good to me!

  • August 14, 2013

    Great way to use cantaloupe! Never used it in a popsicle let alone with a little alcohol!

  • August 15, 2013

    Anybody who always brings booze to a party can come to my house anytime. If you bring boozy popsicles, you can be my best friend!

  • Jenny
    September 3, 2013

    So I just bought my first popsicle mold and my dude wants me to make avocado popsicles. I said, “I bet Tracy Shutterbean has a recipe…” but no! I’m sure people ask you for certain recipes all the time, but I know you love avocados, and I know you love popsicles. So what I’m saying is…get on it! Please :)

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