I moved apartments last week and I now have a patio. This is HUGE by New York standards. I have a dishwasher for the first time in six years too so I've essentially hit the real estate jackpot. Naturally I spent all weekend alternately running apartment-related errands and sitting on the patio drinking margaritas and eating homemade popsicles.
I was introduced to the strawberry-balsamic-herb flavor combination in culinary school when we learned about macerations and made a macerated strawberry and balsamic dish with basil and mint and I've been obsessed ever since. I adapted this recipe from the People's Pops cookbook to accommodate those flavors that I love...
Strawberry Balsamic & Mint Pops
Recipe adapted from People's Pops
Makes 10 pops
- 4 cups strawberries, hulled (about 1 pound)
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (see note)
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
In a blender, combine strawberries, simple syrup and lemon juice. Add balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon at a time, tasting as you go until you hit your desired flavor. Blend in mint leaves.
Pour into pop molds, insert sticks and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Run under hot water to unmold and transfer to plastic freezer bags for storage or serve immediately.
Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan and heat over medium until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before using.