Inspiring R*E*C*I*P*E*S: Cucumber-Basil Limeade Popsicles

It gets steamy hot here in the Inland Northwest, and what better way to cool off than with a tasty treat using farm fresh produce?

Popsicle SignWe had this as a sweet treat for CSA (community-supported-agriculture) members who came to our home at Urban Eden Farm yesterday to pick up their share of fresh goodies from the farm.  If you are not lucky enough to be a member, the main ingredients can be found at your local farmer’market in season now!

With only five ingredients, what could be better?  I am in love with this recipe because of the simplicity and the refreshing tangy taste. Give it a try!

 

CUCUMBER- BASIL LIMEADE POPSICLESPopsicle Detail

  • – 2 cups water
  • -1/4 cup sugar
  • -2-3 limes
  • -2 stalks basil (both leaves and stem)
  • -1 cucumber (garden fresh is best!)

In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, and basil and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and remove saucepan from heat. Allow syrup to cool slightly and place mixture (both liquid and basil) into an airtight container to chill for a few hours. (overnight is best).

Grate cucumber and juice the limes. Remove basil from the chilled mixture and gently add the lime juice to taste.

Fill popsicle molds ¾ full and chill uncovered about an hour, until they become slushy but not completely frozen. Top each mold with the grated cucumber and use a knife to distribute it evenly throughout the pop. Add popsicle stick and freeze the molds completely.

This recipe was adapted a bit from the fabulous blog of  Adrianna over at thecozykitchen. She does some really fun flavor combinations often crafted using fresh produce- which I love!  Check her out.

May the sun shine on you where ever you are, and happy Thursday people!

 

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