Costa Rican Watermelon Mojito Popsicles

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I’ve always thought an interesting career would be to be a Social Anthropologist. I’m fascinated about the trends of the collective consciousness. Why out of the blue every TV network might feature medical or law programs, for instance.  Why there is a current fixation with reality showcased in bizarre and intrusive exposes on TV and the internet.  What shifted the public eating to a more down-to-earth sensibility (though that to me is an easier thing to explain)?  Why a certain food leaps to being in vogue, either from nowhere or being circulated from the past into the now.

I am currently obsessed with popsicles. Making them. Eating them. I’m not sure what opened the popsicle flood gates exactly but it’s on like Donkey Kong for me.  I’ve not loved popsicles forever but they are in my forefront now and I know I’m not alone.  I have two popsicle molds and have been seeking a very specific, third type that has a vintage feel.  I was recently in a local hardware store that has everything, looking for this popsicle mold.  I ran into a couple doing the same.  They stood over my shoulder and evaluated the molds at this store in hushed tones which I overheard to reflect all the disappointments I had experienced on my hunt.  We began to trade tips on numerous stores that had failed us, brick-and-mortar and online, sharing a camaraderie of the popsicle mold hunt.  Go figure.

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When my popsicle switch was flipped I instantly had ideas for about 5 different recipes that I’m trying my hardest to pace rather than startling readers into feeling they’ve popped in not on Boulder Locavore but to ‘Popsicles are Us’. After making Mango-Kiwi Limeade Paletas I really wanted to try a cocktail popsicle. A two summers ago we traveled to Costa Rica and dove headlong into everything local; the food and libations garnering equal attention to the fascinating rain forest landscape. Our hotel served some gorgeous cocktails including a Basil Mojitos which became a fast favorite. Another delight were Watermelon Mojitos which they’d make fresh poolside, pushing a stocked cart around those sunning lazily, muddling fresh cocktails on demand; like table side Caesar salad but with booze.

I felt the Watermelon Mojitos was destined to be my first liquor pop. Instead of muddling I blended everything leaving a bright taste of mint and watermelon.  The color was a sublime pink and the flavor refreshing and fun.  I think eating one’s cocktail is a trend that deserves more exploration!  Popsicles are not just for kids.  And these pops are definitely for adults only!

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Costa Rican Watermelon Mojito Popsicles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10 2 1/5 ounce popsicles (or 25 ounces…with a bit left over to sample!)

There is nothing more refreshing than an ice cold cocktail and this Costa Rican Watermelon Mojito will fill the bill in popsicle form. Quick to make and definitely fun to eat.


  • 3 cups Watermelon, cubed
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 5 ounces White Rum
  • 4 ounces Simple Syrup
  • 12 large Spearmint leaves, rough chopped


  1. Blend all ingredients on high until fully incorporated. Pour into popsicle molds; cover and insert wooden sticks. Tip: applying a layer of foil over the top of the mold or lid of the mold allows placement of wooden sticks and they will not float out of the mold.
  2. Freeze for several hours or overnight. Run hot water for a few seconds on the outside of the mold to release pops!

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More recipes for Frozen- Mojitos-on-a-Stick:

Kiwi Mojito Popsicles {Gimme Some Oven}

Mango Mojito Popsicles {Erica’s Sweet Tooth}

10 Second Mojito Popsicles {Marcus Samuelson}

Blackberry Mojito Ice Pops {White On Rice Couple}

Watermelon Mojito Popsicles {Endless Simmer}


  1. says

    Those look and sound awesome! I have seen so many people posting unique homemade popsicles and I feel like I am left out! I guess I need to try making my own 🙂

    Happy Blogging!

  2. says

    Cocktail Popsicle, that’s quite brilliant Toni. A Popsicle I wouldn’t be able to stop enjoying, I would finish them all. I am mesmerized by your first picture, such an inspiration and so well taken and styled. Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Thank you Helene! I have a batch of these in the freezer now and have to remind myself I can’t eat them at will but rather need to plan as one would for Cocktail Hour! Definitely a fun alternative!

    • says

      I find as much as I love ice cream, popsicles are more refreshing in the summer. These are completely delicious; light, flavorful and of course with rum!

    • says

      Our weather has been odd too Jennifer. Was warm and now it’s cooled to 60 or so with rain. Suppose that’s good for the drought but not so summery! You will love these whenever you decide to make them!

  3. says

    So, just out of curiosity, where did you end up buying your nifty molds? I’ve been looking for some that are more ‘basic’ too. Those look perfect.

    As far as the popsicle itself, I’m sold. They look amazing. In fact, I saw them on Facebook but had to write my post so I kept the page up in the background until I was done writing. Then I ran right back here so I could read and print the recipe. 🙂

  4. says

    Looks so good to be enjoying the hot summer days with. I’d especially love to try pineapple or strawberry flavors. I used to love popsicles as a kid, but not so much as an adult. But these seem more appealing to the adult palate. Looks so tasty!

    • says

      I am with you on having left popsicles in my youth….til now! The flavor possibilities are endless too. Sounds like you need to start experimenting yourself!

    • says

      The recipe left a bit extra so you can make the popsicles and have a splash yourself! If you want to make the actual cocktail there is a link in the post for it too!

  5. Dieselle says

    Another name for adult popsicles is “poptails” 😉 Lots of recipes on the internet for them…yours sounds wonderful!

  6. CK says

    Hi how long do you think these would last in the freezer? I would like to make them for my wedding but would need 100+ so would need to make them ahead of the date.


    • says

      How long they will last and how long they will last and look wedding-ready are probably different! I would probably not make them any more than a week beforehand and would keep them tightly wrapped in the freezer. Because alcohol freezes differently they will melt more quickly and not freeze as hard as non-alcohol popsicles which makes it more difficult to store when removed from the mold to keep them in pristine shape. I don’t have experience storing them long term but with other alcohol popsicles I’ve made they are don’t look as nice once removed from the mold and stored in the freezer. You could always make a test batch, remove them from the mold and test store them however you would for your wedding to see how they hold up. Congratulations and best of luck!


  1. […] Déguster du melon d’eau l’été c’est tellement rafraîchissant. Pourquoi ne pas essayer de préparer des popsicles au melon d’eau et au mojito. Un mélange qui ne peut être que parfait. La recette est disponible sur le site Boulder Locavore. […]

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