June 24, 2009

THE LONG ISLAND TEA POPS NEVER FREEZE:

Southern Sweet Tea Pops (Recipe from "Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone," by Krystina Castella, 06/24/2009, Contra Costa Times)

4 cups water, divided

1¾ cups sugar

2 limes, peeled and cut into rounds

2 lemons, peeled and cut into rounds

12 sprigs of fresh mint

3 "family-size" or 8 regular-sized bags Orange Pekoe Black Tea

1. Bring 2 cups water to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat, and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and add 2 cups cold water. Cool for 10 minutes.

2. Pour the sugar water into a clear glass container. Add limes, lemons and mint, and stir. Add the tea bags. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 3 to 5 hours, or until the tea reaches the desired strength.

3. Remove the tea bags and stir the tea. Scoop out the lemons, limes and mint and divide them evenly among the pop molds. Pour in the tea. If using wooden pop sticks, freeze at least 1½ hours to 2 hours and then insert the sticks. Let freeze for a total of 6 hours.



Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2009 8:12 AM
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