Passion Tea-Basil Limoncello Ice Pops

March 18, 2013

in Ice Cream,Ice Pops,Italian,Recipes

Passion Tea-Basil Limoncello Ice Pops

A month or two ago my co-worker Shawn who tries to squeeze in forging between his ice cream and limoncello making on the weekends, gifted me a mason jar of his homemade Basil Limoncello.

And because Shawn is such a nice guy he was kind enough to share his recipe with us. Thanks Shawn!

As soon as I brought it home I knew one of the first things I wanted to make was an ice pop, and since I seem to be on a passion tea kick as of recent. I thought a little basil limoncello would make for a perfect compliment.

These ice pops turned out to be very refreshing, they only have a hint of the limoncello, just enough to add a little spark.

Passion Tea-Basil Limoncello Ice Pops
Equipment: Micro-zester, Funnel ,3 one Liter glass jars (mason jars work), 6 cup saucepan (minimum), Fine mesh strainer, Spoon, Measuring cup (I recommend a 1 Liter/Quart size)
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 10
Passion Tea-Basil Limoncello Ice Pops
  • 4 cups passion tea, chilled
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • ¼ up basil limoncello (Shawn G.'s recipe below)
Basil Limoncello by Shawn G.
  • 8-10 lemons, zest only
  • 20-24 basil leaves
  • .75 liter water
  • .32 liter granulated sugar
  • juice from half a lime
  • .74 liter ever clear
  • (151 proof)
Passion Tea-Basil Limoncello Ice pops
  1. Stir together chilled passion tea, simple syrup, and basil limoncello in a large bowl pour into ice pop molds and freeze overnight.
Basil Limoncello
  1. Sterilize and clean one large jar.
  2. Deposit zest and basil leaves into one of the jars.
  3. Add one bottle (.75 Liters) of Everclear to the zest and basil.
  4. Seal the jar and set aside for a minimum of 10 days (one month is preferred).
  5. Optional: shake occasionally to readjust zest sediment.
  6. Sterilize and clean the other two jars, saucepan, fine strainer, spoon, and measuring cup.
  7. Combine Sugar and Water in the saucepan with the spoon and bring to a simmer or low boil. (Simple Syrup)
  8. Stir in juice from the lime and let it cool.
  9. Strain the zest from the alcohol into a measuring cup or another jar.
  10. Clean the now empty jar.
  11. Divide the alcohol equally among the three jars. (approx. 250mL)
  12. Using a 6-2.5 ratio add the Simple Syrup. (approx. 500mL)
  13. Let it sit for at least a week if not longer.
  14. Bottle whenever it is desired.
The longer you let the limoncello set, the smoother it gets. Serve the limoncello chilled if you would like to enjoy it straight up.


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