The simple answer to how to make Popsicles using herbal tea is to make some double strength herbal tea, let it cool, pop it into your Popsicle moulds and freeze. I have special moulds with plastic sticks’ that click into the moulds and you pull them out with the Popsicle on them when they’re frozen. Some people use plastic cups and stick craft sticks in them when they have started to freeze. Probably one of the first questions to ask is what tea should I use? The answer is to choose one you currently enjoy so that you know you will enjoy them.
I like using the Celestial Seasonings Red or Lemon Zingers as they are really tasty. I normally just make the zingers on there own, but occasionally I’ll use this recipe
4 Zinger tea bags
2 cups boiling water
2 tbsp honey
1 cup lemonade
Steep the tea bags in the boiling water for about 5 minutes and stir in the honey while the tea is still hot, add lemonade and pour into moulds & freeze. I will also sometimes add a lemon or orange slice to the mould as it looks really nice.
Elderflower tea has a very delicate flavour, it can also be beneficial to ease winter coughs and soothe sore throats. As a Popsicle try making up 2 cups of double strength elderflower tea and add cup of orange juice for a lovely flavour, if you’re able to get some elderflowers they look stunning when put into the moulds with the tea.
Another great Popsicle for when the summer colds or sore throats are around is the Twinnings Raspberry & Echinacea tea. This is delicious made up to a double strength and frozen or sometimes I will make up 2 cups of double strength Raspberry & Echinacea tea and add cup of apple juice and then freeze.
When you’re having a heavy meal such as lasagna, it can be really good to have peppermint tea to help your digestion. Last summer when it was a hot night I just didn’t feel like a hot cup of tea and my dark peppermint Popsicle was born. I made up double strength peppermint tea and let it cool in the fridge, then I shaved some dark chocolate and stirred through the tea before pouring into the moulds and freezing, I also sometimes add peppermint leaves for a stunning visual effect.
If you’ve got an upset stomach or a child that’s feeling sick then a ginger and pear Popsicle is fantastic. Make up double strength ginger tea, chop up some pears, mix together and freeze.
Who hasn’t heard of the benefits of green tea? No matter how you feel green tea will help, well thanks to the good folk at Celestial Seasonings I have adapted their green tea smoothie recipe to a delicious Popsicle. You will need:-
4 green tea bags
1 cup boiling water
1 cup mango chunks
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 small banana
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoon lime juice
1 tablespoon honey.
Make up the green tea with the tea bags and boiling water and then allow to cool. Once it’s cooled throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour mixture into the Popsicle moulds and freeze enjoy.
Now what are you waiting for? Start making your herbal tea Popsicles today, buy a sampler and let your imagination run away with you.