From The Pioneer Woman
When I saw the post for this recipe pop up in my Facebook news feed, I knew it was meant to be. First of all, this week is H.O.T. (I’m not complaining, I love tank top and shorts weather). Second, my toddler loves all things blueberry, basil, or lemonade. And last, I was looking for a new popsicle recipe to try out – creating your own is more difficult than you may think, and we’ve had a streak of edible but not amazing popsicles. I omitted the whole blueberries from these frozen beauties, as my daughter does not enjoy fruit chunks in her food (that’s right…no chunks in muffins, bread, popsicles, etc). They turned out absolutely perfect and using the popsicle mold that I have, made a little extra. No worries, just add a little sparkling water and it will make a lovely lunchtime (or anytime) beverage. These popsicles are a luscious pink color, tart and sweet, drippy, have that popsicle “texture” that store bought do (but lack any unnecessary ingredients), and provide a surprising tastebud twist with a touch of dreamy basil flavor. Basil and lemonade happen to be one of my all time favorite summertime combinations, and this popsicle is all that in a frozen, summery treat-on-a-stick.
Yield: 10 3 oz pops, plus enough extra for two glasses of delicious lemonade
1 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 cups White Sugar
4 cups Water
1 cup Blueberries, Plus More To Add To Popsicles
1/3 cup Fresh Basil (I used a combination of purple and green basil)
Juice lemons and transfer the juice into a large pitcher. Add sugar and water and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar.
Add blueberries and basil. Using an immersion blender (I suspect a blender would work well, too, just be sure not to chop up the basil and blueberries too fine), blend the mixture for about 20 seconds just until the mixture turns pink and basil is finely chopped. Strain the mixture and discard any chunks of blueberry or basil.
Divide mixture between popsicle molds (or small Dixie cups) and add a few fresh blueberries and freeze. 30 minutes into freezing, add a popsicle stick and continue to freeze until solid. If you have extra liquid, feel free to add a splash of sparkling water (and maybe vokda?) for a refreshing drink.