Jan 20, 2014

Pomegranate, White Tea and Mint Popsicles

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!

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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!)

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Pomegranate, White Tea and Mint Popsicles
 
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Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 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

Instructions
  1. Combine iced tea, water and juice of ½ a lime and stir until combined.
  2. Cut pomegranate into sections and de-seed. Set aside.
  3. Finely chop 1 tablespoon of mint leaves. Mix into pomegranate seeds.
  4. Pour ice tea mixture into popsicle moulds and fill half way, sprinkling in the pomegranate seed and mint mixture.
  5. 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.
  6. Freeze for another 4 hours.
  7. To remove the popsicles from their mould, quickly run them under a warm tap to loosen, then gently pull out.

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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).

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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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Sweet Adventures Blog Hop: How to link-up

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The January Popsicle Party theme hop is open for linkup until 11:59 pm, Friday 24 January [AEST Sydney time].

  1. Add a link to this post somewhere in your post – You won’t be able to link up in the hop without a ‘backlink’ to this hostess post included in your post.
  2. Click here for the Thumbnail List code – Copy the code and add it to the bottom of your post in HTML view.
  3. Click here to Enter the Hop – Make sure to do this step so you appear in the list too! Add the link to your SABH post (NOT your homepage). Your entry will be submitted when you click ‘crop’ on your photo.

If you have a question or aren’t sure of something don’t hesitate to ask. For more information detailed instructions can be found here.

Remember, SABH is open to all food bloggers but only new posts published after the hop goes live can be linked up.

Sweet Adventures Blog Hop is brought to you by 84th & 3rd and monthly Guest Hostesses. Follow on Twitter: @SweetAdvBlogHop and Facebook: /SweetAdventuresBlogHop for new hop announcements and general deliciousness. Thanks for joining SABH!

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30 Comments

  • They look amazing! I love pomegranate so these would be right up my alley!
    By the way, the linky tool is doing odd things for me this time around – has it changed? I shall keep persevering and hopefully get it working soon!

    • Thanks Liz! And glad to see you got the link working (not sure what was wrong)…. thank you for joining the hop!

  • Swah, these are ridiculously pretty! And they sound so perfectly refreshing. Love your work lady.

    • Thank you Erika! x

  • So pretty! I reckon you should definitely make a couple with haloumi though. lol.

    • Haha let me get back to you on the success of the haloumi popsicle ;)

  • So very pretty and classic flavours. Love your photos and your theme!

    • Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • You nailed it – they look amazing! Excellent flavour combo too

    • Thank you Tara! xx

  • So pretty, love the added dots of pomegranate at the ends of the popsicles.

    • Yes I am actually quite pleased the pomegranate sank to the bottom, it looks pretty! Thanks Sara :)

  • they looks so pretty! been making my own popsicles this summer with coca cola so might jazz it up next time i do them

    • There are SO many flavour combos you can do, good luck!

  • […] to try from other talented bloggers participating in this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop Popsicle Party that I’m glad its summer! You should come and check them out […]

  • Honestly not a fan of teas for drinking, but I do love infusing their flavours in desserts! It makes it sound ten folds fancier. Haha, the recipe sounds lovely Swah :)

    • Haha I totally agree Irene, adding tea to any recipe instantly makes it fancier!

  • adore how you can actually see the pomegranate and mint leaves! so purdy!

    • I had to make it tasty AND pretty of course ;)

  • These look wonderful and I can just imagine biting into them with the delicious bursts of flavour! Thanks for hosting.

    • Thank you Claire! Yes it is very satisfying having little explosions of pomegranate!!

  • These are stunning. Very sophisticated indeed. I’ve never thought to use flavoured tea for popsicles. Great idea. Thanks for hosting.

    • Thank you Tania! I love tea, but not on a hot day, so in popsicle form it makes sense :)

  • Gorgeous! Love the little cluster of seeds at the bottom (top?). Thanks for hosting!

    • Thank you JJ and you are very welcome!

  • […] I read the lovely Swah’s prompt for this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, it brought back memories of hot, hot summer days when […]

  • This was fun! But can someone please tell me how to make my thumbnail (#12) show up? It did this last month, as well… frustrating!

    • Thanks for joining the hop Alison! It looks like your thumbnail is working now :)

  • Oh so summery! Mint makes everything taste so fresh. These make just be the cutest popsicle holders I’ver ever seen.

    • The perfect summer treat I think!! Thank you :)

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