Tuesday, July 8, 2014

basil gimlet ice pops

Our second boozy ice pop this month is inspired by one of my favorite cocktails, the basil gimlet. Since it is one of my go-to drinks when I go out in the summer I couldn't resist creating a slightly sweeter, frozen version to enjoy at home.

Basil Gimlet Ice Pop

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
4-5 large basil leaves
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons gin
2 tablespoons lime

Add 3/4 cup water and sugar to a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. When mixture starts to boil, remove from heat and stir in basil leaves. Allow mixture to steep for 3 minutes. Remove leaves and allow mixture to cool. Add syrup and remaining ingredients to food processor and mix. Distribute mixture evenly among ice pop mold wells. Freeze overnight. Remove pops from mold by running mold under warm water for a few seconds and carefully pulling out pops. Store ice pops by wrapping them individually in freezer paper and sealing them in a plastic zip bag. Makes 5-8 pops.

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