Summer is officially here which means it is paleta season. I have teamed up with my friend and fellow blogger, Lola's Cocina, and I promise this coffee based popsicle will not disappoint. It is perfect for a mid-afternoon pick me up.
1 cup cold brew coffee
1.5 cups horchata
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tbsp of vanilla syrup
I make my own cold brew by soaking coffee grounds overnight, straining it and I keep it in a mason jar, but lucky for all of us, there are plenty of cold brew coffee options out there. Stok unsweetened cold brew is my favorite.
The next main ingredient is horchata. Here is Lola's recipe for horchata. Homemade is definitely best, but as with the coffee there are quick options as well. You can purchase a mix like this one.
In a pitcher, add 1 cup of cold brew coffee, 1.5 cups of horchata, 1 tbsp of vanilla syrup, 1 tsp of ground cinnamon and stir well. Then add two cinnamon sticks, and you can let it sit for up to an hour so all the flavors meld together.
Now it is time to fill your molds. I used these from Ikea, and opted for traditional wood popsicle sticks. Partially fill your mold with the cochata mixture about 3/4 of the way. This will leave room to finish off with horchata and a dash of cinnamon. Place in freezer for an hour or two (or until partially frozen).
Then pour in some horchata to fill your mold, add your popsicle sticks, a dash of cinnamon on each, and return to the freezer. I left mine overnight, but I am sure if you make these in the morning they will be ready by the afternoon.
Enjoy! If you have a favorite paleta, please share.