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Sweet Iced Tea Lemonade Popsicles

Lately we’ve been making a lot of iced tea lemonade. It’s so delicious and refreshing that we usually polish off the pitcher the day after the tea’s made! Being a Southerner, I like sweet tea, but Papi Chulo prefers not to add sugar to the iced tea lemonade (weird, right?). While he’s been at work for the last week I decided to add in a little sugar and try something new. I love these sweet iced tea lemonade pops – they’re simple, delicious way to cool down. This recipe makes 4 large popsicles (with a tiny bit left over for immediate enjoyment!), but you can easily modify the liquid quantities to suit your popsicle molds. I advise using water and measuring cups to figure out how much popsicle volume you need, if you don’t already know, and simply adjusting the water in the recipe as needed.

Sweet Tea Lemonade Pops

Sweet Iced Tea Lemonade Popsicles
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Recipe type: popsicle
 
Ingredients
  • A scant ¼ of white sugar
  • 1½ cups of water (more or less as needed)
  • 2 teabags
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, or about half a lemon's worth of juice
Instructions
  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan and place on a medium high burner. Stir as the water heats to fully combine the sugar.
  2. Bring the water to a slight boil, add the tea bags, and then remove from the heat. It is important to remove the pot from the hot burner, not simply turn the burner off. If you leave the pot sitting on the hot burner, it will continue to boil and too much liquid will evaporate out.
  3. Get this off the heat so it doesn't keep boiling!
  4. Allow the tea to steep until you like its strength. I prefer strong tea, so I usually let it sit about 10 minutes. Cold tends to numb your taste buds, so the tea may taste strong now but be just right when frozen.
  5. When you're satisfied, remove the tea bags and allow the tea to cool down for a few more minutes, until you can be reasonably sure you won't melt your popsicle molds! The amount of time needed depends on a lot of things, including the temperature in your home and your popsicle molds. If you can taste a little of the tea from a spoon without burning yourself, you're probably good to go.
  6. Stir in the lemon juice. I used half a fresh lemon. I made sure not to get the seeds in the tea, but added in some pulp.
  7. Pour the sweet tea lemonade into your molds. Remember not to fill them to the bring because water gains 10% of its original volume when it freezes! My molds actually have a fill line - check yours for something similar.
  8. Add the tops, freeze, preferably overnight, and then enjoy!

sweet tea lemonade popsicles

These popsicles have an absolutely amazing texture. They hold together well, but they have a softness to them when you bite in and lack the crystallization found in so many homemade popsicles. Of course, you can adjust the sugar quantities to taste, or substitute in honey, agave, etc. Also, if you don’t want them sweet, at all, you can skip the stove and brew sun tea, instead.

sweet iced tea lemonade popsicles

Next I might have to try lemon-limeade popsicles. No, that’s not true – next I’m attempting to make no-machine ice cream. If you don’t see a post about it, you’ll know I wasn’t satisfied! What’s your favorite make at home frozen treat?

natasha


 

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  • Shawna August 1, 2013, 11:22 am

    What a fantastic idea! Definitely pinning this! Thank you so much for sharing this on our BBQ Block Party.

    • natashalh August 1, 2013, 12:56 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I think they’re super tasty – I’m just about to have the last one!

  • Tammy August 2, 2013, 3:16 pm

    stopping by from Deezy Does It bloghop

    • natashalh August 2, 2013, 3:17 pm

      Thanks!

  • Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com August 4, 2013, 8:16 am

    What a fantastic idea. Living in Florida we are always sipping sweet tea and lemonade. I’ll definitely give this a try. My love will be in popsicle heaven. Found you via the Wondering Brain Blog Hop. Following you via Bloglovin’.

    • natashalh August 4, 2013, 9:15 am

      August in Florida is brutal! I hope you enjoy my recipe as muh as I do and thanks for stopping by!

  • Miz Helen August 4, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Hi Natashalh,
    I will be having your Sweet Iced Tea Lemonade Popsicle before the week is over, this is a southern girls dream popsicle! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • natashalh August 4, 2013, 2:30 pm

      Mmmm, yes! I love these! Thank you for stopping in. I’ll try to participate next week (but I won’t have internet on my computer at that time, so we’ll see!).

  • Kim @ 2justByou August 6, 2013, 5:40 pm

    These pops sound super yummy! Found you from Jane’s Apple blog. =0)
    ~Kim
    http://www.2justByou.com

    • Kim @ 2justByou August 6, 2013, 5:42 pm

      PS – I’m now following via bloglovin. =0)

      • natashalh August 6, 2013, 6:38 pm

        Thank you! I think I’m following you already, but I’ll make sure!

    • natashalh August 6, 2013, 6:38 pm

      Yes, they are long gone and I’m already plotting my next frozen treat!

  • Linda August 8, 2013, 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the sweet tea … Linda

    • natashalh August 8, 2013, 3:27 pm

      I wish I had more of these, but I’m all out and out of tea! It’s a real tragedy over here. Thanks for stopping in!

  • Jenna August 11, 2013, 4:07 pm

    I am usually not a homemade popcicles person, but I think I could totally do these and love them! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    • natashalh August 11, 2013, 6:58 pm

      I love eating frozen things! I’m glad you like the look of my Popsicles. =)

  • Miz Helen August 11, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a good week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

    • natashalh August 11, 2013, 6:58 pm

      Wow – thank you!

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