Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cherry Blackberry Port Wine Popsicles

My favorite part of summer is always the end – when the days are starting to cool off a bit and the air has a bit of magic in it.  The market is always filled with ripe fruit, namely those deep crimson summer berries that come into season in August. 

The end of August may mean the summer to some, but to me it always means that there is another month of gorgeous weather and plenty of time to enjoy the sun.  What better for sunny days than popsicles?  Especially when made with those perfectly ripe berries, port wine, and a touch of coconut milk for an extra summery taste.  For these pops I used Sandeman Founder’s Reserve Porto, a classic port that has bright and fresh flavors that work especially well with bing cherries.

These boozy pops will be a perfect summery treat for your Labor Day picnic, a delightfully sweet finish to a delicious holiday weekend. 

Cherry Blackberry Sandeman Popsicles
Created by Gastronomista

½ Cup Sandeman Founder’s Reserve Port
1 Cup Fresh Cherries
1 Cup Blackberries
¼ Cup Water
¼ Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice
½ Cup Coconut Milk

Pit and half cherries, and reserve ¼ cup.  Slice blackberries in half, and reserve ¼ cup.  In a sauce pan, simmer ¾ cup cherries, ¾ cup blackberries, sugar, water, and lime juice until cooked.  Let chill.  Blend until smooth and add Port. 

For popsicle assembly: pour coconut milk into the bottom of the popsicle molds.  Add 3-4 pieces of cherries and blackberries per popsicle, and top with port and berry mixture.  Add popsicle sticks and place in the freezer overnight. 

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