Monthly Archives: May 2013

Paletas de Cereza y Limón with a Zoku Ice Pop Maker

Almost two years ago, one of our wedding presents was a Zoku ice pop maker.  It seemed so easy based on the instructions, that we were honestly intimidated.  We thought, “There’s no way it could be that easy!”  And so it sat in the freezer, waiting to be used, for almost two years.  Until tonight.

zoku ice pop maker

zoku ice pop maker

Recently, Zach got a recipe book for making paletas, or Mexican style ice pops.  What makes paletas different is that typically they are made with natural fruit juices, so eating a paleta is truly like eating a frozen version of fruit.  Of course, there are paletas with coffee, or even cookies and cream, so fruit is not mandatory.  However, for our first time trying the Zoku, we wanted to try to make something more traditional with such modern technology (a subtle juxtaposition).  Our cherry lime pops came out bien rico!

The Zoku is easy enough, we have no idea why we didn’t start making ice pops years ago.  You don’t need a Zoku to make ice pops, but with it, you can have delicious, natural ice pops with ingredients you control, in as little as 7 minutes.

Makes enough for 15 paletas

1 lb. of cherries, plus one cherry for each paleta

8 limes

2 cups of water

1 1/4 cups of white sugar

x marks the spot for pitting

x marks the spot for pitting

Remove the cherry stems, cut an X on the bottom of each cherry, and squeeze out the pit. 

ready to be juiced

ready to be juiced

Save as many cherries as you have paletas to make, and the rest will be macerated.  Put the cherries to be macerated in a juicer; the goal is to get 1/4 cup of cherry juice.

squeeze the limes over a strainer

squeeze the limes over a strainer

Roll the limes with your hand on a cutting board to make them softer and easier to juice.  Cut in half, and hand squeeze over a strainer to collect any seeds or exceedingly large bits of pulp.  The goal is to get 1 cup of lime juice.

frozen in a jiff

frozen in a jiff

Combine the fruit juices, water, and sugar to make the paleta base.  First insert the ice pop handles, then push in the whole cherries you saved from the juicer.  Pour the juice mixture into the Zoku, and wait 7-9 minutes (for the first batch; additional batches will require more time).

super tool

super tool

Using the Super Tool (included in your Zoku kit), gently remove the paletas before attaching the drip guards (also included).

done and yum

done and yum

Store in a Zoku storage container.  Because this particular recipe is enough for 15 paletas, if you want to make all 15 at once, you will need several storage containers.

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Mikkeller Black

(Always drink responsibly.  Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you.  For readers of a legal drinking age.)

mikkeller black

mikkeller black

On first sight, I knew this beer was going to be something very different.  I just didn’t expect it to be so different.  Like the Drink in the Sun, this is an extreme from Denmark’s Mikkeller Brewery, but on the furthest end away from Drink in the Sun: Black is a stout with 18.1% ABV (and unknown IBU).  That is not a typo.  Eighteen flippin’ point one?  Yep.

science experiment

science experiment

From the start, I felt like I was partaking in a science experiment.  Just from cracking the top, the aroma escaped and it was like… nail polish remover.  I would have said paint thinner, but it was a little sweeter, like how nail polish remover is merely acetone with a bit of fragrance.  I smelled and dwelled on it as I waited for the head to settle, which took forever, and the result of that time was a crispy-looking froth that I could practically spoon out as if it were the top of a thick latte.  Once the waiting was over, I finally tried it and… the taste wasn’t far from the scent.  With such a high alcohol content, I felt like I could breathe fire with one sip.  To me, the alcohol was so overpowering that I could not get past it to appreciate the flavor; all I could gather about the flavor was that it was sweet.

I hate to admit this, but I could not finish the beer.  It almost makes me wonder, did I get a bottle from a bad batch?  Don’t get me wrong, if this is what it’s supposed to taste like then I don’t regret anything because it was an interesting experience.  And further, if this is what it’s supposed to taste like, then it’s simply not for me.

Mikkeller Drink in the Sun ’12

(Always drink responsibly.  Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you.  For readers of a legal drinking age.)

mikkeller drink in the sun '12

mikkeller drink in the sun ’12

So it’s a year late, this ’12 release, but after tasting it tonight I will surely seek out the upcoming ’13 edition.  Mikkeller Brewery surprises me with interesting ingredients, styles of brewing, and now, a beer with superlatively low alcohol content.  Drink in the Sun, with 1.9% ABV and unknown IBU, is a Belgian style wheat ale mild in wheat flavor and rich in hops.  It is so blasted light, but with such richness of flavors, it has a mouthfeel of a true ale.  In my experience, better flavor tends to have greater ABV but that’s a coincidence due to brewing styles (it is not a matter of liking higher ABV).  This beer proves, though, that super flavor doesn’t have to make you lightheaded in the first swig.  As the name says, it really is a perfect brew for a hot summer day, to enjoy taste without heat+alcohol complications.

(A bit about the picture: Oddly, the miniscule head disappeared almost as quickly as the bottle was poured.  Also, the bottle is only 11.2 oz and this was the best sized glass we had, so forgive us for advertising an event that’s already come and gone this year.  It was a fun one, though, and most likely you’ll see us there next year!)