I picked those pink flowers walking home from the store today. I was baffled by the fact they didn't sell popsicles sticks. How is this not an essential household item? Some one asked me why I didn't just buy popsicles. I didn't feel like explaining myself. Also, I don't think he would've cared. It was really too much to do about popsicle sticks, but not in a funny way. In the way where you just wish everyone would just stop, think, and try to understand why you need homemade popsicles, (first-world problem) instead of staring at you funny.
So, I picked some tiny flowers on my way home and soothed my irritation. I also found a way around the lack of popsicles sticks. I used straws! They worked really well. I expected them to be all flimsy and unreliable, but they're not! The only problem is pulling them out of their molds, but I just ran them under a little bit of warm water and they came right out. So, if you're ever in a pinch.
I guess necessity really is the mother of invention. Not that I did anything revolutionary, but I did solve a problem. That counts for something, right? Plus, my straws are peach colored. So, ingenuity and they're cute. I'm a fan.
Despite all the lemon pictures, I actually went light on the lemon and only used a half cup, that's why these are Rosemary and Lemon Popsicles and not the other way around.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice - 1 averaged sized lemon yields approximately 2 tablespoons. So, about four lemons, get a couple extra just in case.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar - I used granulated sugar, you can use raw sugar. The only sugar I didn't like this combination with was coconut sugar. The flavor was just too strong.
- 3 springs of fresh rosemary
- Large milkshake straws cut in half or popsicle sticks
- In a sauce pan add rosemary, water, and sugar. Cook on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
- Let this stand for 20 minutes. I left mine 10 minutes covered to infuse the flavor. Then 10 minutes uncovered to cool down. You don't want it to cook your lemon juice.
- Squeeze your lemons if you haven't already and add the 1/2 cup of lemon juice to your cool rosemary syrup.
- Add the mix to your popsicle mold and put in the freezer for 30 minutes - 1 hour
- Once the popsicles have solidified a bit, put the popsicles sticks or straws if you're using those into your molds. Freeze 4 hours - overnight.
Luckily, my popsicles were totally worth the trouble. They're so sweet and you can really taste the rosemary flavor in them, which I love. Plus, I got little, tiny flowers out of it. I'm a pretty happy camper.