Remember when we met Rick Bayless?
That was a good day.
If you don't know Rick "personally" like we do, you should really try to get to know him. He makes freakishly good Mexican food, has three crazy-awesome restaurants, and is quite the entertainer on his PBS show.
What I'm about to show you is possibly the best-kept dessert secret around. Is it a secret, really? Yes, yes it is. Trust me, you'll want to make sure you're the one that brought these popsicles to a party, not your friend. They're that good.
Not to mention they have a super easy ingredient list: frozen fruit, sparkling water, lime juice, sugar, and mint. That's it! They're crazy! Pour them into popsicle molds (or Dixie cups if you're us), freeze, and die happy. They are so ridiculously good you won't know what hit you. I think this is my favorite popsicle I've ever eaten--I'll even go that far.
Now we just need summer back so we can eat these every night! (Or you could just store them in your freezer and eat them all year. That's my next plan...)
From Rick Bayless' Fiesta at Rick's
3/4 cup sugar (we used a little less)
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups sparkling water
2 10-ounce bags frozen fruit pieces (we used mango and raspberries)
Place sugar and whole mint leaves in a food processor and pulse until mint is finely chopped and combined with the sugar. Pour mint/sugar into a large bowl and add lime juice and sparkling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Divide frozen fruit amongst 20 molds or Dixie cups, then pour lime mixture over the top. Make sure to leave about 1/4-inch of space at the top for expansion in the freezer. Secure popsicle sticks between fruit if you're using Dixie cups, and put cups into the freezer.
When ready to serve, take popsicles out of freezer, making sure they're completely set, and gently squeeze the sides of the cup until popsicle comes free.