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Friday, August 21, 2015

Sweet Tea Peach Popsicles (with or without Peach Bourbon)

Sweet Tea Peach Popsicles (with or without Peach Bourbon)
I originally shared this recipe in a post that I wrote for Mrs. Happy Homemaker just after she unexpectedly lost the love of her life. The popsicles are made from ingredients that reminded me of the time I had just spent with Crystal two months before...along with her husband Michael.

That being said, these popsicles are a refreshing frozen summer treat - with a Southern twist that anybody can enjoy, but if you have a few moments, I hope you'll drop my original post at Mrs. Happy Homemaker to read about the inspiration behind these Sweet Tea Peach Popsicles!

Sweet Tea Peach Popsicles (with or without Peach Bourbon)

Sweet Tea Peach Popsicles (with or without Peach Bourbon)
Refreshing sweet tea and juicy peaches combine to form popsicles that everybody will love—or add a little peach bourbon for an adults-only option!
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Sweet Tea Peach Popsicles
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 6 hours (mostly unattended)
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: dessert snack vegan soy-free nut-free dairy-free peaches tea popsicles frozen American Southern summer

Ingredients (10 (2.5 ounce) popsicles)
    For the sweet tea:
    • 2 cups (32 ounces) water
    • 8 black & green tea bags (or just plain black)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon
    • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Evan Williams Peach Bourbon, optional
    For peach stripes:
    • 3 ripe peaches, pitted
    • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    Make the sweet tea:
    Bring water to a boil then add the sugar and stir until just dissolved. Remove from heat and add tea bags; allow to steep for 20-30 minutes.

    Strain tea into a pitcher and stir in the lemon juice. Add 3 cups cold water. Pour 2 cups of the sweet tea into a large measuring cup with spout; stir in peach bourbon, if using. Refrigerate the remaining sweet tea, and drink it when you get hot (spike it with an extra shot of the Peach Bourbon for a refreshing adult beverage).

    Make the peach stripes:
    Combine pitted peaches and powdered sugar in a small food processor or blender and puree until smooth.

    Turn them into popsicles:
    Fill popsicle molds almost 1/3 full with cooled, spiked tea. Freeze until firm, 60-90 minutes. Pour ~1 tablespoon of the peach mixture in to make a thin stripe. Add popsicle sticks now; freeze until firm, at least 60 minutes.

    Repeat sweet tea layer, return to freezer for 60-90 minutes. Repeat peach layer, return to freezer for 60 minutes.

    Fill molds the rest of the way with sweet tea, leaving about 1/2-inch of headspace. Freeze until solid.

    Leave the bourbon out to make Sweet Tea Peach Popsicles anybody can enjoy!

    You will have extra sweet tea, that's yours for sippin'.
    Sweet Tea Peach Popsicles (with or without Peach Bourbon)