NO-jito Popsicles

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I became a fan of mojitos when I lived in Florida for five years.  Perfect on a warm day, which was most of the year, refreshing and not too sweet.  I no longer live in a semi-tropical climate, but when I saw these Havana Mojito Popsicles on Pinterest, I was inspired and excited to try them once summer hit.  I even already had the same pop molds, it seemed meant to be…

Alas, it was not.  First, I feel like the picture, while beautiful, is a bit misleading.  You can get away with whole mint leaves possibly, but unpeeled lime slices?  You’re supposed to be able to bite/lick through those?  The recipe itself tells you to blend/slush all of the ingredients, and doesn’t mention adding mint leaves or sliced lime to the molds, so I’m assuming the picture is just for show.

Second, my blender is what I would call small to average, but it’s not like a bullet or anything.  However, once I got the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and sprite in it, there was little room for ice.  I decided I would have to add the ice one cup at a time, blend, then add another cup.  This is where the mojito hit the fan.  I put the first cup of ice in, put my hand on the lid, hit “start,”… and my blender basically exploded.  I lost about 1/3 of the mixture, which was now a sticky mess all over my cabinets, counter top, floor, and myself.  In hindsight I should have taken a picture, but I was so upset/annoyed that it didn’t occur to me.  I am not blaming the author of this recipe of course, I completely own this fail.  Maybe my blender was too small, maybe the soda, which I opened right before I poured it in, was too fizzy, I don’t know.  Once the mess was cleaned up, I decided to press on, adding some more ice and then the mint leaves to create a “mojito slush.”

Finally I was ready to pour into my molds.  The mint leaves did not evenly distribute at all, they didn’t want to pour, so after I got the molds filled I basically had to spoon some mint on top.  Hence the sad little mint flakes at the bottom of my pictured pop.  Despite losing a good third of the mixture, I still had enough to fill all of my molds, then fill a small pitcher halfway.  In the end, I wasn’t excited about this recipe in liquid or frozen form.  The finished product lacked the visual wow-factor that the original picture had, and the taste, while pleasant, wasn’t really mojito-y.