It's popsicle week!!! That means the internet just exploded with the most creative, indulgent, crazy popsicles and it.is.awesome.
It may be a balmy 54 degrees in Sydney right now as I write this, but that's not stopping these photos from giving me serious popsicle cravings. It could also be that they look and sound so wonderfully light and refreshing after another week of me eating like it's my last meal on death row. I'm not sure if a person can eat too much crab fried rice or dumplings or donuts, but I seem determined to find out.
Thank goodness I left one of these popsicles in my freezer for when I'm back in SF. There would have been more left but I ate maybe 4 or 5 while packing for my trip, whoops! I have no regrets about that, though I may feel differently when I get home and only find the one.
In all fairness to me though, it's really hard to stop eating these guys once you start! The tangy, zippy hibiscus + lemon give them a wonderfully tart flavor, mellowed by the green tea and cooled ever so subtly by the mint. There's a lot going on, flavor-wise, but it all comes together beautifully. As a bonus, the mixture is basically just frozen lemonade, so these guys freeze up into the very definition of "ice pop", aka mostly just a popsicle shaped ice cube, and essentially a drink in frozen form you can happily slurp in the summer sun/humidity/wet blanket. And tonight I learned that hibiscus tea and gin go very, very well together so maybe throw in a little dipping sauce on the side too?
Shout out to Billy for organizing, and you can check out all the other #popsicleweek creations over at Wit & Vinegar!
Hibiscus, Mint & Green Tea Lemonade Popsicles
- 2 1/2 cups filtered water
- 1/8 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves, torn and crushed a bit
- 3 green tea bags
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Bring water to a boil, remove from heat, and stir in hibiscus flowers, mint leaves, and sugar. Add the tea bags and steep 30 minutes, let cool completely.
- Add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
- Divide between popsicle molds, add popsicle sticks and freeze until solid.