Basil-Lemon Popsicles


Basil-Lemon Popsicles {The Reluctant Hippie}

Refreshing and sophisticated, these popsicles taste like summer. Basil + lemon = divine. 
If you have a juicer, you can make the world’s greatest lemonade using just apples and lemon. Throw in 3 apples for each lemon, run them through the juicer, and wonder why you ever bothered with adding granulated sugar to lemonade. We got this idea from Gandi the Juice Guru at the Aurora Farmer’s Market last summer.*

If you don’t have a juicer, any good lemonade will do quite nicely for this recipe. The first time I made it, we used Trader Joe’s organic lemonade. That makes a very sweet lemon pop, but the basil tempers the sweetness just fine.

*Speaking of the Aurora Farmer’s Market – if you’re lucky enough to live nearby, you can get your basil from The Farm – Triple Threat Mentoring’s Urban Farm project. At the first Market in June, they brought some of their hydroponic setup and cut herbs and greens to order. Doesn’t get much fresher than that.

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz. lemonade
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, roughly chopped

Method:

  1. Throw the lemonade and basil into a blender.
  2. Run it until the basil is very, very tiny (you can keep going until it’s completely smooth, but I like the color variation you get from the flecks of basil).
  3. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
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