Watermelon poptails

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Makes 4 servings

Among the splendid gifts of summer is the watermelon. In addition to savoring the juicy wedges straight from the market, try making these colorful, refreshing popsicles for adults using the freezing forms seasonally stocked in gourmet shops and in the kitchen department of your local discount store. Buy several sets, so you can multiply the recipe. For quick preparation, look for seedless watermelon, available during the summer in most supermarkets.

2 cups seedless red watermelon in ½-inch cubes
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons lemon vodka
1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau

Purée all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. (If necessary, first remove the scattered watermelon seeds.)Fill 4 popsicle forms with the mixture and freeze until firm. Or, you can use small drink cups; fill with the watermelon mixture and freeze for 1 to 2 hours until slushy, insert wooden sticks, and then freeze solid.

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