Piña Colada PopsiclesJune 8, 2017 / byNatalie Jacob / Categories : Feeds
I’ve always been obsessed with piña coladas. I’ve worked at quite a few tropical bars, and I’d like to think I’m somewhat of a piña colada expert. I have a little bit of a sweet tooth, and that’s why I’m in a lifelong love affair with this drink, plus it combines all of my favorite summertime flavors—pineapple, coconut, and RUM! Who doesn’t love any of that? I’ve taken the classic piña colada and turned it into a popsicle so you can savor it a little bit longer on those super hot days! These are so simple to make I guarantee you’ll be making them all summer long.
Pina Colada Popsicles, makes 10 ice pops
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup coconut cream
8 oz. dark rum
1 cup diced pineapple
ice pop mold
First breakdown your pineapple by cutting off the top and skin, and then dicing the pineapple into small cubes. We will only need a cup to make the popsicle mix, but you can reserve the rest to put a few chunks in each mold. I love fresh fruit in ice pops. It adds texture and is also super refreshing!
Add your pineapple, coconut milk, coconut cream, and dark rum to your blender pitcher and blend with a few ounces of ice. We’re not trying to make frozen drinks here, we’re just trying to dilute the mix a little to ensure there is enough water content for freezing. I’ve made boozy popsicles in the past that didn’t freeze enough because of this. I used Plantation Pineapple Rum in these that you can find here. I really love this rum because they infuse and distill it with real pineapple instead of using artificial flavors. You can use a regular dark rum or any rum you have on hand for these as well.
After blending, you can add the mix to your popsicle mold, filling 3/4 of the way full. There are tons of molds out there, but I bought this one on Amazon last year. I like it because it fits 10 instead of the standard 6. There can never be too many piña colada ice pops, trust me!
Take your extra pineapple, lime zest, and coconut shavings and top off each ice pop. Stir each one to make sure it’s incorporated evenly in the mold. Then put the top on, insert the popsicle sticks, and send those babies to the freezer.
Freeze until firm for 4-6 hours. Let thaw for a few minutes or run the mold under warm water to help loosen.
I am so glad I decided to add lime zest to these. You wouldn’t think that such a small thing would make such a big impact, but it really did the trick. The lime complimented the other flavors and also added a lot of brightness and super refreshing citrus notes to the popsicles. I love the texture the pineapple chunks and shredded coconut gave them, and they had just the right amount of rum. Overall they were really simple to put together and are an effortless treat to make if you’re entertaining. You can make these the night before a party or gathering and have them ready to go for dessert. I hope you enjoy these more than once this summer, and don’t forget to tag your pics with #ABMhappyhour! -xo Natalie
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Hello! Lexy here, to bring you another lovely Sewing Space, where a crafter show us around their creative area. Today we have a sweet space in South Wales, belonging to a dressmakers who has an enviable 60s style handmade wardrobe – we love seeing her makes on Instagram. Let’s hear more from the lady herself…
Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.
I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!
I started off sewing at home at my kitchen table but soon yearned for a larger space to store all of my dressmaking paraphernalia, which was growing at an alarming rate! Two thirds of my spare bedroom has thus been transformed to home a retro writing desk, some shelving, a storage trolley and a few trinkets to decorate. Overall I’d probably say that my space has a bit of a kitsch vibe about it while still being quite minimalistic. I try not to sprout out too much as the other the other third of the room is occupied by my rather understanding boyfriend who uses his space for his photography hobby, and our pet lizard (‘Lizzy’).
Quirky storage boxes and prettily patterned tins are a bit of a weak spot – I love a good storage solution! Not only do I find it quite therapeutic categorising all of my notions, tools, threads, patterns and fabric but I also find it much easier to pick up a project if I know where everything is. Working in the week means that sewing time is precious in the evenings and this is why having a dedicated sewing space is so great, as it saves time having to set things up and pack things away all of the time. I try and sew a few times a week but generally have more time to get stuck into a project over the weekend, usually with a nice cup of tea and some biccies.
I am a bit of a planner and like to make a mood board to help me decide how the final garment I am making might look – the idea stage is just as fun as the construction! In addition to our resident gecko I have two gorgeous little helpers who keep me company while making, Henry and Coco the Chihuahuas. Coco is a puppy and can often be seen running around the house having fun with rogue scraps or on occasions a snail (pin-free) pincushion!
I’m not much of a fabric hoarder and only really have two main stashes of fabric. Interestingly my stashes mainly comprise of patterned fabrics that I’ve had for a couple of years now before I discovered my fondness for plainer fabrics. I love interesting prints but soon realised that although the pieces I’d bought were really striking, often they wouldn’t be something that I would necessarily wear. Nowadays I tend to gravitate towards plain, bold coloured fabrics and sew them up straight away, so they don’t hang about for long!
As you can probably see I don’t have a great deal of space in my sewing area and unfortunately can’t quite squeeze in another desk for my overlocker. For this reason I hacked an Ikea footstool into an overlocking station by attaching a couple of tin trays, a few hooks and a lick of paint which now means that I can sew and overlock with ease – yay!
Although I am a fairly new sewist, dressmaking has been in my family for generations. My most treasured possession is my dressmaking scissors given to me by my lovely mum who was a fanatical dressmaker herself! My mum sadly passed a couple of years ago and every time I use these scissors to make a garment it gives me a warming sense of pride and connection.
My favourite guilty pleasure of all (even more so than fabric shopping!) is acquiring vintage sewing patterns. My pattern collection comprises of a few commercial patterns, lots of lovely indie patterns (notably Tilly and the Buttons of course) and my beloved, ever growing collection of vintage sewing patterns. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to collect patterns from various decades including the 40s, 50s and 70s but my favourite decade of all has to be the swinging 60s! I love the futuristic undertones in the styling of many of the garments from this period paired with the flamboyant expressions of colour.
I think a wonderful thing about vintage sewing patterns is that they all have a story to tell and it is quite remarkable to think that they are still being enjoyed decades after they were first printed. I try to keep the most delicate patterns in cellophane sleeves, away from the sunlight to prevent them from aging any further and when it’s time to use a pattern, I tend to trace off all of the pieces onto tissue paper to try and preserve the original pattern pieces. Etsy and eBay are a vintage-pattern treasure trove but I have also found a couple of gems at vintage fairs…it can be a bit addictive though! The sky’s the limit… well, my spare room for now!
Thank you so much for letting me share my little sewing space with you!
Thank you for sharing your lovely space with us, Jade. We’d love to spend an afternoon sewing with you, especially if Henry and Coco are around to assist!
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