Strawberry Mint Lemon Ice Pops are a delightful frozen confection blending sweet, tart, and a hint of awesome.
Summer is my favorite season, and one reason is that you are able to find delicious, homegrown fresh ingredients at the local market. As many of you know, Jackie and I love to spend Saturday mornings perusing the local farmers markets looking for inspiration for a new recipe. Our most recent trip brought us some of the freshest strawberries we have seen in years. We purchased the berries and started back home while trying to decide just what to make.
On our walk back, we couldn’t stop picking at the sweet and juicy strawberries, subconsciously hoping to have enough left when we arrived home. It was just then that we noticed a truck parked on the road selling lemon ice. I have always been a fan of this summer treat, so I had to purchase one (not only because I loved it, but because it was a way to stop me from eating the berries). Well, five minutes later, reaching into our bag of dwindling strawberries berries, we realized that our trick did not work. We were out of berries and had to turn back for the market for more. What we did arrive at, however, was a delicious combination of flavors that inspired us to make our new favorite frozen delight: Strawberry Mint Lemon Ice Pops.
We purchased more berries at the market and could not ignore the look and smell of fresh mint at the farm stand. It was this final ingredient that took our refreshing popsicle to the next level. During the preparation of our Strawberry Mint Lemon Ice Pops, we sampled our concoction several times, making sure we had just the right ratio of lemon to strawberries to sugar to mint. It tasted so good, in fact, that we could stop sampling it! We actually toyed with the idea of pouring it over a glass of ice and adding our favorite libation, but we thought better of it, and poured this refreshing treat into our much-used freezer molds (look for a future post using this idea, soon to come!) We always welcome feedback and ideas for us to create, so if this or any of our recipes inspire you, please feel free to share. Remember great ideas and recipe inspiration can come from many avenues, you just have to be open to the possibilities. We hope you gain some inspiration from this recipe and create a great food memory for your and your family.
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- 1 C white sugar
- 1 C water
- ½ C fresh lemon Juice
- 1 Tbsp lemon zest
- ½ C chopped strawberries
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- Mix water and sugar in small sauce pan and cook over low heat until sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Purée the strawberries and strain to remove seeds.
- Add to mixture and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- Chop mint leaves and add to lemon mixture.
- Pour into molds and freeze overnight.