COOL CHRISTMAS

It’s not going to be a white Christmas here in Texas. In fact it was downright hot today. So while I’d like to be drinking a hot toddy in freezing temperatures, we’ll just have to make the most of this balmy weather! And for that I present this cucumber, apple, mint & lime pop. Make this fun fruity pop, and when your’e done? Stick it in a Pimms! 

INGREDIENTS

(This recipe assumes you will use a domestic pop mold with 10 individual molds at 85ml each).
170g Lebanese cucumber
350ml apple juice (fresh if possible)
300ml sugar syrup* (see bottom of this post)
Juice of 1 lime
Handful of mint leaves
Peel the cucumbers and roughly dice. Put into a blender with the apple juice, sugar syrup and lime juice and blend until smooth. Add the mint leaves and blend until the mint is coarsely chopped, but you can still see small pieces.
Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze overnight or until rock solid.
To remove the pops, quickly immerse the molds into a bowl of warm water to help release the pops.
Serve pops on their own, or, for the grown ups, dunked into a glass of Pimms (or gin) for that extra bite!

*SUGAR SYRUP

For all our popsicle recipes this month, please refer to the simple sugar syrup recipe below.
Boil 1 cup of raw sugar in 2 cups of water until the sugar dissolves, and leave to cool. This will make more than you need for any one recipe – store additional syrup in the fridge for your next popsicle-making session!
Liana Raine pops can be found at various stockists across Sydney, and their sweet little pop cart can be found everyday over summer at The Sydney Opera House!  They also cater weddings and events – for more info visit the Liana Raine website.

xoxo Cristina

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Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.