Recipe: Basil-Infused Lychee Lime Ice Pops

Basil-Infused Lychee Lime Pops
The first time I had lychee, I ordered it on a whim from a Thai restaurant. This was back when my husband and I were first dating–I had never had Thai food and I think I was trying to impress him by ordering something neither of us had heard of before. But wow, was I glad I ordered it–it was so sweet and fragrant, almost like candy. Lychee is now one of my favorite flavors, but unfortunately it’s rare outside of Asian markets and restaurants.

Since I’m on a Zoku Quick Pop kick, I decided to try making lychee popsicles. I had an extra lime from another recipe this week, so I used the juice from that in the popsicles too. And since my basil plants seem to be growing several inches a day, I made a basil-flavored syrup to mix in as well. These turned out exactly like I thought they would–a perfect mix of sweetness from the lychees and the tartness of lime juice, with a hint of fresh basil.

Basil-Infused Lychee Lime Ice Pops

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-5 pops (depending on the size of your molds)

Lychee, basil, and lime? Yes! They go together perfectly in these popsicles.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 5 large basil leaves
  • 1-20 oz. can of lychees, drained
  • juice & zest from one lime

Instructions

  1. Combine water, sugar, and basil leaves in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour basil syrup through sieve into blender or food processor. Discard basil. Add lychees, lime juice, and zest and blend until smooth. Pour fruit mixture into popsicle molds or Zoku Quick Pop Maker. Freeze until solid (about 10 minutes in the Zoku).
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Kiersten Frase

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Comments

  1. Tiffany at Beyond Magical Bath and Body says

    This seriously looks amazing! I love Thai food, and I have got to try these now!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Texas Type A Mom says

    I've heard of lychee but don't know what it is. The popsicles sound really good and exotic though. You're so creative!

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