Hey Girl Hey!
So we all know the phrase,
“When life gives you lemons…”,
you know how it ends. Let me hear you say it…
“you throw some sugar on it and make it sweet”.
Not quite how the saying goes but still so true, right??
Life has been throwing some major shade at me in the form of lemons lately, and honestly I’ve been dealing with it in the worst way possible: with a puckered face and a sour attitude. Here are some words of wisdom: No matter how sour life gets, a pouty face will get you nowhere but to #loserville and #wrinkletown in a heartbeat.
Recently though things have been better and I truly think it’s not because life stopped being sour, but because I found my sugar, mixed it in, and made it sweet.
You want to know what my sugar has been?
It’s simple… it’s been joy.
Let me emphasize that last part: it’s not been happiness, but joy. Happiness is so transient. It can come and go with the seasons and it is so dependent on your current circumstances. But joy, well, that’s something you can’t go out and find, or produce within yourself. It’s a gift. A sweet, sweet gift.
Southern summers are notorious for their sweltering heat. I absolutely love the heat, I think it is absolutely lovely, but I realize this makes me an outlier. Lemonade is a classic drink that is just about as southern as sweet tea and an ice cold class can be found on just about every kitchen table south of the Mason-Dixon line during this time. Even though summer has not technically arrived yet, I have developed a simple recipe for a fun spin on this old classic.
To stay true to this classic drink that inspired this treat I kept the ingredients list and the process simple. It’s literally five easy steps.
I addedd gummy bears in because, well, I don’t think there is ever a reason when gummy bear popsicles need to be justified.
So, I added gummy bears in, period. You’re welcome.
Without further ado, here you are darlings. Gummy Bear Lemonade Pops.
Gummy Bear Lemonade Popsicles
6 Large Lemons
1 cup mint leaves, divided
1 cup Sugar
5 cup Filtered Water, divided
- Tear apart about half your mint leaves and put them into a container and set aside. Next, cut each lemon into halves for a total of twelve halves.
- Juice your lemons and combine the juice with the mint leaves. Pro Tip: roll your lemons firmly on a hard surface before cutting to release the juices and loosen the seeds. Rolling them also makes juicing generally easier.
- Let your lemon and mint concentrate steep for 15 to 30 minutes (depending on your desired level of minty-ness)
- While your concentrate is steeping, make a mint simple syrup from your mint leaves, sugar, and 1 cup of the filtered water. Combine the remaining mint leaves, the water and sugar in a deep saucepan on medium-high heat and stir continuously until all the sugar has melted completely and your mixture just begins to boil. Once it is boiling, take it off the heat immediately and set aside.
- In a large juice jar, pour in the remaining four cups of water and mix with the lemonade concentrate.
- Add simple syrup to taste.
- Prepare your popsicles by pouring your lemonade into popsicle molds of your choice (I used this one). Only fill about one-third of the mold, then drop a few gummy bears in and put in the freezer.
- Once the lemonade has become a slushy mix, drop in popsicle sticks and fill another one-third of the mold. Add more gummy bears.
- Once that section hardens drop in more gummy bears and fill the remainder of the mold up and freeze.
- After about an hour more in the freezer your pops should be completely frozen and ready to enjoy.!
These are perfect for barbecues, picnics, and garden parties or just for the next time you get a craving for something refreshing and sweet! Make a batch of these yummies and the next time you pop one out of the freezer remember to enjoy life, even when you get those pesky lemons.
Find your sugar. Make it sweet.