Strawberry Basil Popsicles
All of a sudden this steamy heat hit. It came fast and abrupt and I found myself wishing that my pool wasn’t that deep swampy green color so I could jump in with all of my clothes on. The first few days of really sweltering heat makes my head hurt. My body eventually starts to accept the hot sun and I begin to love summer, intensely. I decided that popsicles were a necessity for the hot weekend and these Strawberry Basil Popsicles came into being.
I just bought a basil plant and it sits perfectly in my tiny herb garden and I wanted to use it straight away and what better way to combine than with a cup of ripened strawberries? I thought about the Strawberry Basil Iced Tea I made last summer and decided this was definitely the popsicle for me. Don’t you just love the smell of freshly snipped basil? I really do. I don’t have fancy molds so I used 2 shot glasses for this recipe. It will make about 8 shot glass sized popsicles. If you are going to make this recipe and use molds I suggest doubling it. You can never have too many frozen treats, am I right?
Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. I spent most of the weekend taking pictures in dramatic lighting for my photography class. I really didn’t know what to do in most cases. I ended up holding flowers and ice pops to the bright sun. I attempted to make some farm fresh brown eggs look dramatic but I’m not sure how drama filled they came out. I took some beautiful portrait shots for class of Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny! We gallivanted around in pretty parks and serene streams to get the best shot we could. We were even daredevils and stood on train tracks. We also picked up a tick or two. Hopefully not two, ticks are scary!
I spent most of Saturday mowing the lawn; weed whacking and doing general yard work. My arms felt like jelly after using the weed whacker, yard work is hard, I give ‘mad props’ to those who do it daily or weekly. To top it off, our yard is a mess! Around the pool needs some major work, our bushes are dying in the front and I wish I could rip them out. In the back there are overgrown trees that need to be trimmed so I can start my vegetable garden. I really need to do a yard overhaul and I just don’t want to. Someone come do it for me? I’ll cook you dinner, bring you lemonade and make you popsicles.
This is a perfect frozen dessert for a hot day, it is extremely refreshing and keeps you cool. All you have to do is blend, freeze and enjoy! The mixture is good enough to use as a frozen mixed drink, just add alcohol or keep it virgin.
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
1 cup chopped strawberries
6-8 large basil leaves
1 cup of ice
1/2 cup cold water
2 Tbsp honey
Add the ice, strawberries and basil leaves to your blender and blend until ice is in small pieces. Add the cold water and honey to the blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into your popsicle mold or shot glasses. Place the stick into the glass or mold and freeze for about 2 hours. Gently remove and enjoy!