strawberry-basil popsicles


Here’s a fast and fresh popsicle for you as we head into Memorial Day weekend. Strawberries and basil make a mouth-watering crostini topping; the duo works wonderfully in popsicles too! Sweet strawberry is the predominant flavor of these bright and bold pops while fresh basil adds subtle undertones of spicy cloves.

Strawberry-Basil Popsicles | Tutti Dolci

A splash of vodka keeps the popsicles from becoming too icy; omit if you prefer. Here’s to the weekend and plenty of pops! (Even more flavor ideas: Very Berry, Piรฑa Colada and Cantaloupe. Your freezer will be filled in no time.)

Strawberry-Basil Popsicles | Tutti Dolci

Strawberry-Basil Popsicles | Tutti Dolci

Strawberry Basil Popsicles
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
3 to 4 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, crushed (to taste)
3 cups fresh strawberries, pureed
2 Tbsp vodka
pinch of salt

Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil then simmer until sugar has completely dissolved, 5-6 minutes. Remove syrup from heat and stir in basil leaves; let steep 30 minutes. Stir in strawberry puree. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard solids.

Stir in vodka and salt. Fill each popsicle mold with 1/3 cup mixture, leaving a 1/2-inch of space at the top of each mold. Let freeze one hour before inserting popsicle sticks; continue to freeze until completely firm, 4 to 6 hours more. Run molds under hot water 30 to 45 seconds before unmolding, or let stand at room temperature 5 minutes. Wrap popsicles individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer up to 3 weeks.

Yield โ€“ 10 popsicles
Calories โ€“ 60
Carbs โ€“ 13

  1. These are the prettiest popsicles!! Look at that stunning red color! I hope the weather will behave on Memorial Day so I can pop a few of these!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s 40 degrees today!!

  2. Sounds like a more adult version of a childhood favorite. I’m sure these will be a hit this weekend. Hope you have a good one.

  3. I think BBQ party with you sounds like a great idea… I get to eat all the delicious desserts. We might want to make that as main dish. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can eat a few of these refreshing strawberry + basil popsicles at once sitting. Perfect summer treat!

  4. what great flavors!! i need to get a popsicle making mold! i’ve been eyeing one for quite a while and just haven’t bit the bullet yet. i know they aren’t expensive, i don’t know why i haven’t! these look so refreshing and perfect for this holiday weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. When I think of strawberries and basil, I think of summer freshness! Although we are having a not-so-good spring right now, I am looking forward to a warmer summer (crossing my fingers) and just sucking on these sweet frozen treats! Just lovely! Strawberries (or any kind of berries) are considered super foods, so I will have no problem eating this!

  6. These Popsicles are just stunning, Laura! I love the more adult flavor with the addition of basil…so refreshing.

    PS…thanks for your sweet words. It’s been a rough week.

  7. I think basil and strawberry are the best flavor combo EVER!!! I am so excited that my basil is growing like weeds this year, I will have lots to enjoy for sure:-) Your popsicles look so perfect, and sound fantastic! Hugs, Terra

  8. These look yummy – on a hot day. it says “Carbs โ€“ 13”, is that 13gms per popsicle, or in total (ie. the whole recipe)?

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