Nothing says summer like a frozen fruity concoction! Unlike most store brands of Italian ice which are often made with artificial flavors, colors, high fructose corn syrup and other fake ingredients, I made some with real fruit! YUM!
First I found these cute cups at Michaels Craft store. How fun, right?
Then I sent Russ out on a mission for fruit. Russ purchased some frozen mango and plenty of kiwifruit and I bought strawberries at a local farm. We always have frozen blueberries and lemons and limes on hand at all times. I grow plenty of mint and basil, which I figure, would add a unique flavor to my home made frozen concoctions. So I was good to go…
I like to use very fine sugar in recipes that require sweetness but desire an easy to incorporate sugar such as meringue cookies, frozen ice cups and cocktails. I don’t drink many cocktails but I do love a good mojito in the summertime and this extra fine sugar works perfect.
If you decide to make a frozen ice cup of fruit, be creative and blend your favorite fruits or unusual combinations, it’s fun. My first recipe was the mango ice cup.
I like to make my ice cups and mojitos with simple syrup. Mix ½ cup of water and ½ cup extra fine sugar over medium heat in small saucepan until the sugar dissolves. I usually add mint leaves to infuse some mint flavor for a mojito or in this instance added some lemon zest to add a nice lemony flavor to my simple syrup.
These look so refreshing…
I decided I didn’t like the look of the kiwifruit ice cup so didn’t post the recipe, sometimes recipe creation is trial and error!