It’s been so incredibly hot lately that my time in the kitchen has been a mostly unpleasant experience. I did however make these little beauties that made suffering through the high humidity days a little bit easier. Inspired by the hibiscus tea I get from Clover I added a little spice to the mix and of course lime juice because, why not? They take a little while but are well worth it.
Makes 12 popsicles:
- 5 Cups water
- 2 Cups sugar
- 1/2 Cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 2 Star anise pods
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1/2 Cup fresh lime juice
Bring 4 cups of water and the sugar to boil in a large pot. Once the sugar has disolved and the syrup has come to a boil add your hibiscus, star anise, and cinnamon. Stir well.
Turn the heat off, cover the pot and leave to steep from 30 minutes to an hour depending on how intense you want the flavor and color to be. Strain the flowers and spices out leaving a shiny purple mass both creepy and beautiful.
To the remaining syrup add your lime juice and the remaining cup of water. Stir well and allow the mix to chill in the fridge for about an hour. Once chilled, stir in lime zest, pour in to popsicle molds and freeze. Preferably overnight but at least three hours.
Unmold and enjoy!
This made enough for two batches in the molds I have. This got me thinking about variety. they would be lovely with fruit frozen inside. Blueberries maybe? Booze perhaps? Possibilities are endless.