Recently, a big name coffee shop launched frozen lemonades for their summer.
And let’s face it, I’ve been hooked. I love lemonade. Especially since they offered a raspberry version of it. Which made it a lovely shade of pink. I love pink. And if it wasn’t bad enough, they offered it for a dollar, far cheaper than the regular iced treat I would indulge in there. It was a sticky marketing web that I was caught in easily.
After I had indulged in a few (ok, LOTS), I saw through the marketing haze, I realized that they weren’t really “cheap” ( hey dollars add up) and that I could probably make a better version at home that wasn’t strictly sugar water and food dye. That was actually made from actual raspberries and lemons. And I don’t think they turned out half bad, if I do say so myself.
So I admit a popsicle certainly isn’t a slushy drink ( although you could always pop them in the blender). But don’t throw them away as a lost cause. They are still good. Tart and refreshing, especially on the days the temperature soars, when you are craving something cold.
Mom says they would be better with gin. ;)
Raspberry Lemonade Pops
makes four in my moulds
- 1/2 c raspberries
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- zest and juice of two lemons
- 1/4 cup sugar ( more if you don’t want it tart)
- 1/2 cup water
- In a food processor or blender, purée the raspberries, 2 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp water. Pass the mixture to a fine meshed sieve to remove the seeds. Spoon it into the bottom of your mould ( is should go about 1/3 the way up) then pop it into the freezer for about an hour or until it has set.
- Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, combine zest, juice, sugar and water over medium heat until dissolved. I would give it a taste here and decide whether or not you want to add more sugar. Let cool.
- When the raspberry layer has set, spoon the lemonade mixture over top to fill your mould. Insert your sticks, and let freeze for another 4 hours.
- To unmould, place the pops in some warm water for about 30 seconds. Gently pull the pops from the moulds and enjoy!