boozy cucumber, lime and chilli paletas


Well, it’s Friday. The first Friday in June, to be exact. By now you’d be aware that my confessed intention to post on a weekly basis has gone less-than-swimmingly over the past three weeks. My last post has taunted me proudly as my free time has dissolved into a mess of work overtime, fatigue and a frightening ocular migraine that consumed most of last Monday.

Yes, an ocular migraine. On a public holiday, when my regular General Practitioner was probably enjoying a WA Day barbecue. Who knew that migraines could be painless and cause temporary loss of vision? I thought I was having a stroke… most probably a TIA, or at the very least my retina was detaching (yes, I have a touch of hypochondria which appears to be familial; thanks Dad).

But a few hours and $135 later, I found out that I was mostly fine; just tired and moderately stressed. Sorry, body. I should take better care of you.

limes loki

Anyway, enough about the negatives of the past two weeks. There have been some gloriously shiny positives, from productive side-project coffee date meetings with Aaron (SO EXCITED) to healthy gym days and a giant Mexican feast held with this blogging crew from last year.

Oh, the feast we had. It’s probably fortuitous that it takes us between twelve and eighteen months to organise each catch-up, as we definitely don’t skimp on courses or calories (chocolate-mousse-avocado -ream-lime-curd-crumbled-brownie-candied-lime-and-chilli-chocolate-soil-layered dessert, anyone?). We did scale down slightly from our elaborate Spanish feast, but I’m still bringing takeaway boxes to the next one (which might be an Indian night; anyone have a spare tandoori oven?).


As per our previous posts, we’ve got a deliciously photo-heavy series of joint posts in the pipeline, full of recipe links and styling details. But for now? Here’s a tequila-soaked taster for you Northern Hemisphere people who are heading into summer’s warm embrace.



Boozy Cucumber, Lime and Chilli Paletas

Makes 8

You will need: 8 x 3oz ice pop molds, 8 wooden popsicle sticks

  • 4 medium cucumbers, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2.5 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp Tequila
  • chilli flakes, optional


Place the chopped cucumbers into the bowl of a food processor. Process for 2 minutes or until the mixture resembles a fine pulp.

Strain the pulp through a fine sieve to extract all of the liquid (push down on the cucumber flesh with the back of your hand to ensure you get all of the juice).


Add the caster sugar and cayenne, then stir until all of the sugar is dissolved (you should no longer hear sugar granules scraping at the bottom of the bowl). Add the Tequila and stir thoroughly.

juice mix

Distribute the mixture between 8 clean paleta (popsicle) molds. Sprinkle in a few whole chilli flakes for decoration (optional). Carefully transfer into the freezer, ensuring the molds remain upright. Freeze for at least 1 hour before placing a wooden popsicle stick into the centre of each paleta (if you have an ice pop maker with a lid that holds the sticks in place, feel free to place the sticks in straight away).

Allow to freeze for at least 12 hours, or preferably overnight (the alcohol in these paletas significantly slows the freezing process. Don’t be tempted to unmold these paletas before they’ve had a good amount of freezing time, or you’ll be left with a cucumber and lime slushy).

To serve, run the paleta molds briefly under hot water. Firmly pull each paleta out by the wooden stick (yeah, I probably didn’t need to tell you that, but anyway…).


21 responses

  1. First off – scary stuff! So glad you’re okay. I can only imagine how frightening that was and, yes, why do things like that always happen on public holidays…

    Now to the food, I am as happy as your pup about these paletas – so green and fresh! Would be such a lovely summer treat. xx

    • Thanks Ksenia, argh! Just glad it’s all over now and that I’m fine after all. Hope that you’re enjoying the warmer weather over there? Winter is setting in here now so it was kinda weird to post a frozen treat but hey, I’ll pretend it’s summer ;) xx

  2. These are perfect for the Cinco de Junio! (Only a month late for Cinco de Mayo!) Seriously, Laura, these will be a big hit here in Tucson when I make them. I just need to buy the Popsicle molds and sticks! Paletas are big here – but I have never seen ones like these!

    • Oh, I hope you love them David! Paletas are really becoming popular here and these are based on my favourite ones from a store here in Perth. So good, such a nice mix of refreshment and indulgence! Take care my friend!

  3. Way to effing cold for that business right now, but I’ll put it on the to do list.
    I am keen to see the product of your bloggers dinner. I am jealous. I am also curious about the mysterious side project…
    That dog is still the darn cutest 👌

    • I’m sorry for taking so long to respond to this Graz, argh… damn wrist. Loki is more reliable than me at the moment. I need to teach him how to type…

  4. Genius Laura!! Who would have imagined all this ingredients frozen together into a popsicle!! I love the photo with the light coming through. Saving this for summer ahead. thanks!

  5. My husband gets those ocular migraines. The first time he got one we didn’t know what was going on! He couldn’t see out of one whole side of his eye, all his peripheral vision was gone. The doctor told him the same thing….relax.
    They don’t happen often now, but he still gets them. Even my eldest is prone to them. Take care of yourself, Laura!
    Yes, so I was wondering where your weekly posts had gone…after all that promising ;) you’re as bad as me!
    These look fanulous! I don’t drink so I’d just take out the booze but the flavours are lovely!

    And I love coffee shop meetings too :)

    • Thanks for this feedback and info Nazneen, I read it a while ago but have been off the computer due to a wrist injury. It’s good to know that there are others with a similar diagnosis, I hadn’t heard of it before I got diagnosed myself! Sorry to hear that your husband and eldest are also experiencing the same thing though :(
      I appreciate you heaps xx

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