Popsicle mania seems to have swept the internet recently and I’ve seen all sorts of wonderful concoctions being whipped up. I was speaking with the lovely Erika recently over a cocktail (or three) and we were enthusing about our love for popsicles – or icy poles, as they’re known in Australia. Not only are they simple to make, but they’re the perfect way to cool down. And with the recent heatwave that has swept Australia, we will need a stash on hand at all times!
This popsicle was actually inspired by a salad I recently had that featured pomegranate, mint and haloumi. It was light, delicious and refreshing with a contrast of flavours and textures that I thought could work well (don’t worry, I omitted the haloumi from my popsicle!)
- 2 cups Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea (or iced tea of your choosing)
- 1 cup water
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 small bunch of mint
- Combine iced tea, water and juice of ½ a lime and stir until combined.
- Cut pomegranate into sections and de-seed. Set aside.
- Finely chop 1 tablespoon of mint leaves. Mix into pomegranate seeds.
- Pour ice tea mixture into popsicle moulds and fill half way, sprinkling in the pomegranate seed and mint mixture.
- Freeze for an hour, then take out and put in a whole mint leave into each mould. Top the rest up with remaining ice tea mixture and a few more pomegranate seeds.
- Freeze for another 4 hours.
- To remove the popsicles from their mould, quickly run them under a warm tap to loosen, then gently pull out.
I had grand plans of freezing my popsicles in 4 stages so the pomegranate seeds were dispersed evenly, though lack of time and patience got in the way and I froze them in a 2 step process (this ensured the mint leaf didn’t sink and stayed suspended in the middle).
And the result? A refreshing, not-too-sweet popsicle that I thoroughly enjoyed on my balcony on a hot day. I loved crunching down on the pomegranate seeds and getting a burst of flavour, and the white tea gave it a nice kick. Heaven!
And as an ode to my salad that inspired this recipe, I used the leftover pomegranate and mint to make a quick salad with haloumi and rocket. All it needed was a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic and it was the perfect accompaniment to my lunch.
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