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Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops for #popsicleweek!

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops | @withfoodandlove

We headed to the airport at five in the morning with sleepy eyes, bags packed, an Airbnb booked and a head full of Cape Cod daydreams. But there were other plans in store for us. All of the flights back east were either overbooked or cancelled because of maintenance issues. So we had two choices. Go back home. Or go west. We chose west and hit up San Diego for a few nights. It was great to sink my toes into the ocean – something I miss so much.

And then we headed to the desert. If I can’t have the Cape, my happiest place on Earth, I’ll take the desert. The desert is my spirit animal. I feel free there. Although it wasn’t the trip we dreamed of, it was a good lesson in staying flexible and open to possibilities. And we got in plenty of margaritas + tacos so that’s something, right?

I’ve talked about it a lot in the past, but mentioned in my last post that we fly standby on my husband’s airline whenever we go anywhere. Which lends a tremendous amount of privilege and opportunity, but it also totally sucks. I hear all the time ‘how lucky we are’ and that may be true. I honor my blessings, and I am full of gratitude for everything I have in my life, but it sure as hell ain’t about luck.

I have some serious thoughts/rants about the word lucky. But that isn’t for today.

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops | @withfoodandlove

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops | @withfoodandlove

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops | @withfoodandlove

Today is for watermelon popsicles. Two-ingredient {booze optional} spicy ginger watermelon pops. Because it’s #popsicleweek you guys. Billy is back at it again like a boss, organizing the hell out of like the biggest blogger event of the summer. Last year I brought this creamy goodness to the party.

Some of my favorites so far from this year!

Beth’s Creamy Tahini Raspberry Rosewater Raspberry Popsicles.

Steph’s Fudgesicle Brownie Pops.

Jessica’s Late Night Snacksicles.

Liz’s Spicy Tequila Sunrise Popsicles.

Elizabeth’s Dark + Stormy Popsicles.

And, Sara’s Hazelnut Coffee Fudgesicles.

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops | @withfoodandlove

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops | @withfoodandlove

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops | @withfoodandlove

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops | @withfoodandlove

Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Serves 10 pops

The booze in this recipe is totally optional, but delicious and helps the iciness of the pops. The ginger can be strong. Start out with a small knob, blend, taste and add in more to your liking.


  • 1/2 medium watermelon, cubed
  • 1 small knob of ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea or pink himalayan salt
  • 1 ounces tequila or rum or vodka {optional}


  1. Blend the watermelon and the ginger together until smooth. Run the puree through a sieve and discard the pulp.
  2. Pulse the watermelon juice with the salt and booze for a few seconds.
  3. Distribute the juice equally into the popsicle mold. Cover, add the sticks and freeze until completely frozen.

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23 Responses to "Spicy Ginger Watermelon Pops for #popsicleweek!"

  1. Reply

    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    July 15, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    yes!! these look awesome!! I am making these asap … with the booze… for the icy reasons ;) beautiful photos and can’t wait to check out the other popsicles. xo

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      Haha, yes of course for the icy reasons ;)

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    July 15, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    The color of these is just gorgeous. And yeah for being tequila-laden popsicle twins. Boozy pops are one of the best things about being an “adult”. Glad you got to dip your toes in the ocean!

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM

      Me too Liz, it wasn’t the coast I wanted, but it’ll do for now ;)

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    July 15, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Love the flavors here! It sounds so refreshing for Florida in July. :) Definitely making them!

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:16 PM

      Thanks Ileana, the watermelon is really refreshing, and the fresh ginger makes them just a hint spicy. I hope you do like them!

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    July 15, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Sherrie, these popsicles are everything and your photos are gorgeous. During the summer we perpetually have a pitcher of fresh watermelon juice in our refrigerator, it’s probably my favorite flavor of the season. Will definitely make these pops with the next batch :). Also I hear you about standby, when I was younger my dad worked with a company that gave us the opportunity to fly standby anywhere and it was always an adventure going to the airport and sometimes having to come back home!

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      Aww thanks Summer!! And right, flying standby is such a bitch. Like the biggest privilege and pain in the ass of all time.

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    July 15, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    You had me at spicy and ginger. And then watermelon, one of my favorite summer fruits. These look amazing, Sherri! PS, read your previous post about midwest and I’m so glad you enjoy it in STL!! It holds a special place in my heart (went to college there) and I’ve really grown to love it. :) Amazing food scene, no???

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:32 PM

      It’s interesting Betty – at first I was not impressed at all. It was hard, coming from Philadelphia, where the food scene is HUGE and AMAZING. And it has definitely taken me some time to adjust to this smaller Midwestern community. But, it’s growing on me, especially since starting to write for FEAST + Sauce Magazine. I love that you love it here, and I’ll keep you posted on my STL adventures ;)

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    July 15, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    You are KILLING it with these photos. Just absolutely stunning! And way to go being adventurous and heading out west – ah! The beach and the desert. My two faves. Next to the mountains. I guess that pretty much covers all the terrains though, eh? Haha ;). Happy popsicle week Sherri! <3

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      I’m happy to hear you’re embracing those mountains Jessie!!

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    Liz // Sprouted Routes

    July 17, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Oh my Gosh, these look amazing! I’m so in love with popsicle week – this was my first time participating (I made a Chia Rose Raspberry one) and I’ve already found at least 10 I’m bookmarking to make (including these gorgeous guys – and last year’s strawberry basil, cuz YUM!) I wish every week was popsicle week!

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      #PopsicleWeek is the best week of the summer, welcome Liz!

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    Sarah | Well and Full

    July 17, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Way to make the best of a bad situation!! I go to the cape every summer as well, and I would be really bummed if I couldn’t go. I’ve never been to San Diego, but I’ve heard it’s lovely! I hope you had a nice time :)

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      It was SUCH A BUMMER! But, San Diego WAS BEAUTIFUL. Go sometime if you have a chance for sure.

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    July 20, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Thanks so much for the link love! Popsicle week is the greatest. Sorry to hear you didn’t make it to Cape Cod (one of my favorite places), but it sounds like you had a lovely time anyway. Margaritas and tacos make everything better!

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      July 24, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      You bet Sara, it was one of my faves girl :)

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    aida mollenkamp

    July 22, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    I’ve been too busy eating popsicles to see this post! Sorry you didn’t make it to the Cape but it seems like your trip to Palm Springs was amazing too!

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      July 23, 2015 at 9:20 AM

      Palm Springs, San Diego, Phoenix, Scottsdale, it’s all the same ;)

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    Silex In The City

    August 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    ohhh this recipe encompasses all my fave things (well, many of them)…a kick, watermelon and ginger. Bummer about the trip. I can relate to some negative feelings on the word “lucky”…it’s called hard work, people!

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    August 8, 2015 at 1:21 AM

    Do you grate the ginger?

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      August 9, 2015 at 6:05 PM

      Hi Kathleen, nope, no need! You are blending it with the watermelon, so it saves you a step.

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