Strawberry-Negroni Popsicles

Strawberry-Negroni Popsicles

It’s popsicle week, Billy of Wit & Vinegar‘s annual internet pop party. Here is my bright and juicy contribution. I’m keeping it as simple as that for today: it’s hot, make all the popsicles.

This weekend, the Frenchman and I drove to my parents’ house for Father’s Day: I baked, and cooked and cooked and baked. On Friday, we fly to France for nearly two weeks with the Frenchman’s family.

I’m stressed and tired and harried, which is, in itself, uninteresting, and also not appropriate fodder for an internet blog post about flip-in-the-lake refreshing popsicles, so instead I present you with one of my favorite poems, written by my favorite poet. I’ve read it so many times it’s essentially memorized. I hope it brings you too pleasure on this June Monday.

Of Your Fathers Indiscretions and the Train to California

One summer he stole the jade buttons

Sewn like peas down Aunt Ora’s dress

And you, who loved that trail of noise and darkness

Hauling itself across the horizon,

Moths spiraling in the big lamps,

Loved the oily couplings and the women’s round hats

Haunting all the windows

And the way he held you on his knee like a ventriloquist

Discussing the lush push of grass against the tree’s roots

Or a certain crookedness in the trunk.

Now everything is clearer.

Now when the train pulls away from the station

And the landscape begins to come around, distant and yet familiar,

That odd crease of yellow light

Or the woods’ vague sweep framed in the window forever

Remind you of the year you were locked up at the Hotel Fiesta

While father went out with fast black minks.

And how wonderful it was

When he was narrow as a hat pin in this tux

And to have come all that way on his good looks.

How wonderful to have discovered lust

And know that one day you would be on its agenda

Like the woman who drank and walked naked through the house

In her black hat, the one you used to watch

Through a stammer in the drapes.

In that small town of cold hotels, you were the girl in the dress,

Red as a house burning down.

–Lynn Emanuel

If you want a boozier popsicle, decrease the strawberries to 1 pound, and increase the gin, Campari, Vermouth, and orange flower water by 1 tablespoon each.


  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) strawberries, hulled
  • 6 tablespoons (60 grams) turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) gin
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Campari
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) sweet red Vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) orange flower water
Read the whole recipe on The Roaming Kitchen