Cara Cara and Raspberry Popsicles

I originally created this recipe for BellaMia Magazine (I am the Lifestyle Director). When I am looking for inspiration I often ask around for ideas or a direction. It isn't always easy to come up for a summer recipe when it is still cold and rainy here in the Pacific Northwest. 

After seeing all of the delightful and fun popsicles this last year I decided I wanted to create a more sophisticated version. So I asked a woman who has a great sense of fun fashion style and is all about signature cocktails. The first words out of her mouth were "blood oranges". That was all it took. I was off and running to find some of those gorgeous blood red beauties. 

Off I went to Trader Joes. First thing I saw when I hit the produce aisle were some gorgeous Cara Cara Oranges. Not Blood Oranges, but beautiful in theiir own right. Close enough (did I say I was on a deadline)? I added a box of raspberries, a container of coconut water and headed home to get started. My goal was to keep these to a minimum of ingredients and fuss. Let's face it-when summer comes around it is all about easy. 

I know summer is almost over (sigh) but there are plenty of warm days left to enjoy one of these beauties. 

Here is the recipe:

Cara Cara Orange and Raspberry Popsicles

2 cups of juice from Cara Cara (or blood) oranges

1 cup coconut water

2 T. grated orange zest

1 cup raspberries

Add the juice, coconut water and orange zest together. 

Set aside 2 fresh raspberries for each pop. 

Blend the rest of the raspberries with the liquid

Put the fresh raspberries in each mold. Fill with the orange blended mixture.

For truly adult popsicles you can add a liqueur like triple sec. (but they won’t freeze as solid)

Freeze for 6-8 hour

 Don't they look like a summer day?

Don't they look like a summer day?