Cool. Crisp. Crunchy. Sink your teeth into a delectable icy bite.
This entire summer, I feel as though I've been missing something essential – I've felt incomplete. The epiphany hit when I came to the most tragic realization the other day:
I haven't had a single popsicle. The entire summer!!
There's something that seems so wrong to me to not have a popsicle during the hottest season of the year. Don't get me wrong, I eat ice cream about 364 days a year, but popsicles are the exception. They seem so childlike, as though I can vicariously become a child again through the act of eating a popsicle.
Probably improbable, right?
Well, that's where we enter a grey area. It's up to you to decide that.
There are so many pros to popsicles. For one, you can leave them in your freezer for as long as you see fit, and they are just as wonderful when you first put them in! There is also a certain joy and brightness about them – probably that childlike embodiment I mentioned earlier. I'm all for the small joys in life, and I hope that these frozen tasty treats feel the same way to you!
Mint Simple Syrup
*The simple syrup keeps for a couple weeks refrigerated, so if you're pressed for time and need to make it the night/week before, don't be afraid to do so!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 sprigs of mint (the larger the sprigs, the mintier the syrup)
- 3/4 cup Mint Simple Syrup
- 3/4 cup unsweetened iced green tea. I used Organic Ceylon Green, as it has a natural sweetness and does not carry as much of a robust flavor as some green teas do.
- 3 tsp fresh lime juice (about 1 squeezed lime)
- 1.5 lbs (24 oz or 3 cups) cucumbers, peeled and chopped
Mint Simple Syrup
1.) Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan.
2.) Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and add the mint sprigs. Let steep until room temperature or cool.
3.) Strain out the mint leaves and store in a glass jar. The mixture is good up to 2 weeks.
The first and best tasting method of green tea brewing is to cold brew your green tea. Use about 2-3 tea bags of Organic Ceylon Green tea, in a large cup or jar (enough to fit 3/4 cup). Fill with measurement of cold water and ice, and let sit overnight or for 24 hours. In the above picture, I brewed an entire pitcher for personal use as well. For more thorough instructions on cold brewing tea, check out our Cold Brew Iced Tea article!
The second and quicker method is to hot brew your green tea. Using one tea bag of Organic Ceylon Green, brew about a cup of hot tea (as hot water while evaporate while brewing) and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Let the water cool to room temperature (this step can be done while making the Mint Simple Syrup).
1.) Add all liquid to the blender first (including green tea), then add the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
2.) Give blended mixture a taste – It should be sweeter than you may like, as it will lose some of its sweetness while frozen. Add more simple syrup or lime juice until your liking.
3.) Pour into popsicle molds, and let freeze 4-6 hours or overnight. Enjoy!
- You may have more mixture than will fit in popsicle molds. Either refrigerate and use once other popsicles are gone, or get creative and blend into a smoothie, etc.!
* Depending on your popsicle mold, a helpful hint is to run warm/hot water over the popsicle part of the mold (not the handle) and allow it to warm up. This may help to get your popsicle out in one piece (Lord knows I've used this trick quite a few times)!
As cool as a cucumber. 'cause ya know, it's frozen and all...
For a more adult-friendly popsicle, try adding a shot of vodka to the whole mixture before freezing. Good just got better...
Recipe developed by Cake Over Steak.