Hi guys! It’s Gab from Artful Desperado with a refreshing Southern-inspired popsicle recipe. These icy pops are the best when you’re melting away and can’t deal with any kind of baking or cooking (or life in general)—and you know what’s even better? That they’re slightly boozy, meaning, you’ll be having a bit of a cocktail and a treat at the same time. Smart, eh?
The flavoring in these pops is straight up tea—can’t go wrong with that—then we bring the boozy touch with a bit of Tennessee Honey Whiskey, but you can use anything else like bourbon or even spiced rum. To add a few citrusy notes, I mixed in some kaffir lime leaves (which were brewed for some time with the tea) and a few lemon slices. The result is a frozen southern summer breeze on a stick, some of us call it bliss.
Now, I did not add any sweetener to these pops as I can’t handle a lot of sweetness during hot summer days. I definitely made them a bit tart and quite tea-concentrated, but should you want to add some sweet notes, then add some maple syrup or agave syrup (I added the amounts in the recipe notes). Also, you can add some chopped fruit if you’d like, my suggestions here would be peach and/or cherry.
Oh—and make sure to make a big batch because these pops are surely gonna fly off the tray!
Tennessee Honey, Tea, and Kaffir Lime Popsicles
4 tablespoons of black tea such as orange pekoe or earl grey
3-4 kaffir lime leaves
¼ cup Tennessee Honey Whiskey or Bourbon (or dark rum)
1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup depending on your liking (Note: increase to 3 or 4 tablespoons for a sweeter version).
1 lemon, thinly sliced in small wedges
1. Take the water and bring it to a boil. Steep the black tea for a few minutes, discard the tea, then add the kaffir lime leaves and cool down (don’t boil the leaves and tea or the flavour will be too strong). Place the cooled tea in a jug in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
2. Take the jug out of the fridge, then add the Tennessee Honey, sweetener (honey or maple syrup or whatever you chose), and stir until sweetener has completely dissolved. Taste and adjust if needed.
3. Pour the liquid in your popsicle molds, drop a slice of lemon in each popsicle, place wooden sticks in (or follow the instructions of your popsicle molds) and freeze completely, about 4-6 hours.
4. Remove from the mold and enjoy!
Hope you enjoy the rest of the summer with a few of these tasty icy treats. Until next time!