When I think of summer, I think of fresh squeezed lemonade. I still get fuzzy inside when I see kids opening up shop and selling their lemonade for 50 cents. It really is the summer drink. I was just recently planning a recipe list for a dinner party with my close girlfriends, and I couldn’t think of a pretty and fun dessert to make. I had my list of foods down, my flowers picked, and my drink was of course, lemonade. I looked over at my flowers and they were so vibrant and pretty and I thought to myself, “I wish I could just eat these flowers, they’re so pretty!” Well it turns out, there are edible flowers out there! *mind blown* I did my research and found some fresh edible flowers at my local farmer’s market. (These flowers are also sold at specialty grocers, like Whole Foods.) I knew then what my dessert was going to be: homemade Floral Lemonade Popsicles. Oh so pretty!
Floral Lemonade Popsicles
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups fresh organic strawberries, sliced
- 1 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 6 medium lemons)
- 1 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1 mint sprig, for freshness (optional)
- 5 cups cold water
- 1 cup strawberries, chopped (for topping)
- Edible flower petals* (I used pansies, pot marigolds, snap dragons, and carnations)
*Other edible flower petals include: clover, dandelions, day lilies, English daisies, fuchsia, alliums, jasmine, lavender, hibiscus, lilacs, peonies, roses, sunflowers, and violets.
- In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Place strawberries into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You can strain the puree through cheesecloth to remove seeds if you’d like.
- Pour pureed strawberries into the sugar water. Add the lemon juice and zest, and the sprig if desired. Stir until mixed well.
- Pour the strawberry lemon mix and cold water into a large pitcher. Stir well and add ice. Add strawberries.
- Remove ice, then pour the lemonade mixture into mold. Freeze without sticks or flowers for about 1 hour.
- Remove from freezer and add in flowers. The popsicles should have a slushy texture, which will allow you to place the flower petals where you wish and give it that scattered look.
- Add sticks and freeze for 3 hours or until solid.
Note: Feel free to use any lemonade you’d like and combine it with your favorites fruits. Mangos, peaches, pineapples, strawberries, etc. The possibilities are endless!