ISSUE 25  |  Bath and Spa

DIY: Spa Popsicles

June 21, 2012 5:00 PM

BY Maria Finn

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Nobody would have chased the ice cream truck when we were kids if we’d known about spa popsicles: avocado-lime, cucumber-lemon, honeydew melon, tomato. What flavor is growing in your garden?

Relying on less sugar and more thirst-quenching fresh fruit for their flavors, spa popsicles are a healthier alternative, too. Here’s a recipe from Rancho Valencia Spa in southern California, where citrus from the gardens gets juiced for popsicles and offered along with the spa treatments:

Avocado-Lime Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

Instructions:

  • Make a simple syrup by combining water and sugar in a saucepan and bringing it to a boil; boil until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Remove the flesh from the avocado, and puree it along with salt and simple syrup.
  • Add lime juice and blend.
  • Pour the mixture into molds and freeze until solid (for from three to five hours).

Photographs via Rancho Valencia, except where noted.

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Above: Lemonade-cucumber popsicle.

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Above: Since the San Diego climate is great for year-round edibles, these change seasonally according to what’s growing in the garden. For a recipe for Lemonade-Cucumber Spa Popsicles, go to Marcus Samuelsson. Image via Marcus Samuelsson.

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Above: Other flavors at Rancho Valencia Spa include honeydew melon and avocado lime.

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Above: Blood-orange popsicles.

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Above: Avocado-lime popsicles.