ok, so who doesn't want to impress their friends???? Ummmmm NO ONE! Well, with these 3 flavored homemade popsicles, you will be sure to WOW even the pickiest one of your friends! These fab frozen delights have Regular lemonade, Pink lemonade and best of all.....(drum roll please)....Passion Tea Lemonade! Keep reading for the recipe!!
FOR PINK LEMONADE 3 teaspoons grenadine
FOR PASSION TEA LEMONADE 4 Tazo Passion tea bags, 3 to 4 cups boiling water
Create simple syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir the mixture occasionally to help it dissolve. Once sugar is completely dissolved, remove it from the heat and set aside to cool.
Pour the lemon juice (either fresh squeezed or store bought is ok but I prefer fresh squeezed) into a pitcher. Dilute the lemonade with the cold water, then add the simple syrup and stir thoroughly to combine.
Create additional batches of the basic lemonade for the other flavors. To create pink lemonade, add the grenadine and stir thoroughly to combine.
To create the Passion tea lemonade, steep the tea bags in the boiling water. If you like your Passion flavor stronger, use less water, as the lemonade will dilute it (*note - approximately 3 cups for more of a concentrated flavor. Set the tea aside to cool, then combine with the base lemonade recipe.
To assemble the popsicles, arrange a line of small paper cups in a line (Dixie cups will work or you can get the little bigger ones) and pour in the desired amount of lemonade. To create even, equal sections as shown, use a ¼ cup measuring spoon to measure out the liquid. When all the cups are filled with their first flavor layer, carefully transfer them to the freezer and let them set for about 30 minutes or until almost solid through – soft enough to insert the stick, but firm enough to support it. Insert the popsicle stick part way through the first layer (but not clean through to the bottom of the cup).
Transfer the cups back to the freezer to allow the first layer to set completely. Continue to add additional layers of the various flavors as desired, ensuring each layer is allowed to be frozen through before continuing. If the layer isn’t completely set, you may get a little bleeding between the layers rather than a crisp line (which you may prefer!). Stop creating layers once the cup is about ¾ of the way full to avoid any accidental overflow. After the last layer is frozen, serve when ready by ripping open the paper cup.
Photo and recipe by: Somewhere Splendid