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When the mercury rises, try putting your favorite tea in the freezer to make a healthy and flavorful organic iced tea popsicle.
What you’ll need (makes one dozen):
- A popsicle mold kit, or dixie cups, popsicle sticks, and aluminum foil.
- An iced tea brewer, or saucepan and strainer
- 8 Tbs. organic loose leaf tea
- 3 cups fresh or frozen fruit
- 2 cups sugar (optional)
- 1 Tsp. lemon juice
The sky is the limit when you’re making your own popsicles. Use any flavored tea and fresh fruit combination you like. Check out our iced tea category for some ideas.
Step I: Brew Tea
In your iced tea brewer, add 8 TBS loose leaf tea of your choosing. Then add two cups cold water. Let sit overnight. If you’re in a rush, use hot water, and steep for the recommended brewing time.
If you don’t have an iced tea brewer: you’ll need to add the water and tea leaves to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat for five minutes, strain the tea leaves out.
Step 2: Simple Syrup (optional)
For a sweeter popsicle, heat your tea concentrate to a simmer. Add 2 cups of sugar. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
Step 3: Blend Ingredients
In a blender, combine your tea concentrate (sweetened or unsweetened) with fruit and lemon juice. Blend until you reach desired consistency.
Step 4: Pour into molds, Freeze
Pour cooled mixture into molds, following manufacturer instructions. If you’re using dixie cups, top off with mixture. Add foil to top, poke hole in foil, and slide popsicle sticks in.
Freeze for about 8 hours. Serve and enjoy!