Mojito Pops

I was going to make a post about ways to use up fresh mint in your garden. I planted fresh mint last year and it came back this year, and spread like mad. It really does grow like a weed.  This mojito pop, is one way you can use up the fresh mint in your garden. You make a simple syrup out of sugar and water and add some mint to it. Let that sit in the syrup for about 30 minutes and your syrup will be infused with mint flavor. You can pretty much do that with any herb or flavor you wish.

This is a virgin mojito pop. There’s no vodka in it. You could certainly add in the vodka, but you have to watch how much you add or else it might not freeze properly. I was going to make a bloody mary ice pop, but decided not to after I tried a little bit of bloody mary mix this weekend. Bloody Marys are not for me, that’s all I’m going to say. I prefer sweet fruity drinks like mojitos. What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage? Who knows, maybe I’ll turn it into an ice pop. :)

Ingredients from Everyday Food

1 1/4 cup of sugar
1 small bunch of mint, plsu 10 leaves
1 cup fresh lime juice, plus 10 very thin half-moon slices

1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and 2 cups of sguar and 2 cups water to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat, stir in mint, and let syrup cool. 30 minutes

2. Pour syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl, pressing on solids. Discard, the solids. Stir the lime juice into the syrup. Fill ten 3 ounce ice-pop
molds three-quarters full with syrup. Freeze until slushly, 45 minutes. With an ice-pop stick submerge 1 lime slice and 1 mint leaf in each pop. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid.

per ice pop- 103 cals, 0 g fat, 0 g protein, 27 g carbs, 0 g fiber