I used to be much more of an avid tea drinker, so I have a kitchen drawer full of various teas. In fact, a cousin who also has a stash of teas, claims she has “tea envy”. I was sitting around thinking about making popsicles, since that seems to be my obsession this summer and came up with this recipe for using some of my Earl Grey tea bags. It’s surprisingly good and very refreshing. I steeped whole basil leaves with the tea, so the popsicles don’t have a particularly strong basil flavor. If you really like basil you can chop the basil before adding it to the tea syrup and then strain the mixture before filling your popsicle molds.
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
- 6 Earl Grey tea bags
- 10 whole, fresh basil leaves
- Bring water and sugar to a boil and stir until sugar melts
- Remove from heat
- Place tea bags and basil in the syrup mixture and steep until completely cool.
- Strain mixture and fill popsicle molds
- Freeze for about two hours then remove from freezer and insert popsicle sticks
- Return to freezer until completely frozen of overnight.
If you want a stronger basil flavor, chop the basil before steeping it.