Popsicle season is still in full swing. There are dozens of delicious teas you can use for making homemade popsicles, and Earl Grey is definitely one of the best. If you haven't made popsicles at home yet, it's time to give it a try. There's a chance these Earl Grey and Watermelon popsicles will become your new favourite icy treat.Jump to Recipe
Ingredients for making Earl Grey Popsicles Watermelon
Fresh Watermelon: Summer is a watermelon season. Choose sweet and ripe watermelons and remove all seeds. Watermelon is naturally quite sweet, contains lots of water and goes well with citrusy ingredients. In short, it's a perfect ingredient for making summer popsicles.
Earl Grey Syrup: Earl Grey syrup is a must have for making desserts with tea, especially icy treats. It's far more aromatic than other black teas and goes well with many ingredients. Earl Grey syrup is a simple sugar syrup made with brewed earl grey tea rather than water. Although it's possible to buy a pre-made Earl Grey syrup, you can easily make one at home. In fact, if you have a good quality aromatic earl grey tea, it would be a shame not to try making it yourself. Find the recipe here.
Lime: Lime will balance out the flavour by adding a touch of zestiness. Both Earl Grey syrup and watermelon are quite sweet, so adding some lime will bring out more freshness. You can use lemon instead, but it will give a sourer flavour.
Steps for making Earl Grey Watermelon Popsicles
Prepare moulds: Plastic popsicle moulds are super handy for making homemade popsicles. You'll need approximately 6-7 moulds. Most popsicle moulds will have a base that will keep them upright, but if you have individual ones, you can use plastic cups to place popsicle moulds inside. Both silicone and plastic moulds will work.
Cut the watermelon: Cut watermelon into small pieces and remove all seeds. Place it into a blender and add 7 tablespoons of earl grey syrup. Syrup will add both sweetness and texture. Less syrup will give popsicles an icier, rather than smooth texture. Add lime juice and blend it for 30 seconds. Since the syrup is heavier than watermelon, it will sink to the bottom, creating a two layered look.
Pour into mould and freeze: Pour the watermelon and earl grey syrup into moulds. Don't add popsicle sticks just yet. You'll need to freeze them for about 30 minutes before inserting them. Once you add sticks, leave it to freeze for a couple of hours.
How to store homemade popsicles?
Once your popsicles are frozen, store them in separate wrappers to keep them fresh and flavourful. Popsicles will keep for at least a month. However, if you leave them in moulds, the flavour may change in less than a week. To remove popsicles from a mould, simply leave them outside the freezer for a couple of minutes and gently remove them.
How to make Earl Grey syrup?
Earl Grey simple syrup is a simple sugar syrup made with brewed earl grey tea and granulated sugar. It will take only 10-15 minutes to make. What's great about making this syrup at home is that you can choose your own ingredients and adjust both texture and flavour:
- You can choose any type of tea, making sure the simple syrup will be super flavourful.
- You can replace white sugar with granulated light brown or dark brown sugar to add a nutty caramel note.
- And you can adjust the texture by adding more sugar.
In general, you'll need to use 1:1 ratio of tea per sugar for a regular simple syrup. However, a sllightly thicker syrup will give a nicer texture to popsicles. Always use more tea leaves, but don't over-steep it. You want a flavourful rich cup of tea without bitterness.
Find the recipe for making a homemade Earl Grey simple syrup here.
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Earl Grey & Watermelon Popsicles
- 6 popsicle moulds
- 6 popsicle sticks
- 300 grams of watermelon, cut into small chunks, de-seeded
- 7-10 tablespoons of Earl Grey syrup
- Freshly squeezed juice of 2 limes
- Cut the watermelon into small chunks and removeseeds and rind.
- Add it into a blender, together with lime juice and earl grey simple syrup.
- Blend for 3 seconds.
- Pour into popsicles moulds.
- Place popsicle moulds into a freezer for 30 minutes. Add popsicles sticks.
- Freeze for a couple of hours or until frozen.