It’s hot in New York City; it’s sweltering-sweat-pooling-miserably hot. I know that when I’m enduring a steamy summer day, there’s nothing I crave more than cold and refreshing fruit-based. Berries, melon varieties, and in-season stone fruits bring a summery edge to cocktails, smoothies, and of course, popsicles. Sure, you can purchase frozen fruity pops any time of year, but why do that when you can make your own tasty popsicles infused with your favorite fruits and flavors right at home?
Making popsicles at home is a fun activity, and one that provides cool and tasty results that are sure to help you beat the heat, if only for a few minutes. When making popsicles at home, it’s important to be creative, and to have fun! There are no wrong flavor combinations, but using the freshest, most in season fruits will definitely deliver the best results.
Try out this recipe for “mint and berry popsicles.” The blend of fresh, flavorful berries and cooling mint creates a lovely treat you just won’t find at the grocery store.
Mint and Berry Popsicles (Yields six pops)
You’ll need: ·One set of popsicle molds (available at any drug store or market). You can also use small paper cups and popsicle sticks if you like.
·1 cup raspberries
·1 cup blackberries
·1 cup strawberries, sliced
·1/3 cup water
·1/3 cup sugar
·2 tablespoons lemon juice
·2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
First, combine all of the fruit, lemon juice, and mint together in a mixing bowl. Mash the berries with the back of a spoon, and let the ingredients sit for about ½ hour to further blend together.
As your berries rest, combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and simmer on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Let this sugar and water mixture cool, then combine it with your berries.
Next, when all of the ingredients are blended together, carefully pour the mixture into your popsicle molds. Freeze for six hours, or until solid, and enjoy!
The only hard part is waiting those few hours for your pops to freeze!
Don’t be afraid to get creative when making popsicles at home. Unexpected ingredients like agave, lavender or other herbs can compliment fruits and berries quite nicely. Grapefruit and rosemary, watermelon and lime, peach with lemon and honey and dozens of other combinations allow you to utilize the best of summer’s fruity offerings, as well as to be imaginative with the flavors of your frozen treats!