Green Tea Cherry Popsicle & Granita

by Kiran on July 6, 2012 · 17 comments

in Desserts, Frozen Treats

Happy Friday and greetings from Orlando!!!

It’s good to be back to regular blogging. This past few weeks was gloriously spent with my sister, her husband and son who were in town from the Netherlands.

There’s nothing like a visit from family, especially those we’ve not met for a while now.

From road trips to hopping into theme parks, we did it all and had so much fun. The past 3 weeks simply flew. This always happens whenever we are having way too much fun.

I’m sorting through photos and it’s difficult not to shed a tear after spending wonderful time with the family. We are missing them so much already.

The only way to drown our sorrows is through a couple of homemade popsicles. I’d suggest you do the same. Throw away those painkillers, Prozacs etc. Drive to a store, pick-up a popsicle mold and get to work.

While you are at it, do yourself a favor and get a cherry pitter for sanity. Otherwise you’d spend your entire adult life regretting all those precious times spent removing cherry pits with your hands.

It’s a painstaking process.

Now, I know what you are thinking sister.. Why these popsicles didn’t exist when you were visiting? Well, I have the perfect excuse for it — there weren’t any cherry pitter in my life.

Not until now, thank god.

Oh and another tip, avoid dropping frozen popsicle mold at any cost. It results in halved popsicle and broken mold. Not a pretty sight especially when you are enthusiastic about frozen treats.

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This recipe yields enough for 6 popsicle and a small box of granita.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups of pitted cherries
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Steep green tea bags in hot water for 3 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags and stir in agave nectar. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a small blender or food processor, add pitted cherries and blend until smooth.
  4. Sprinkle in some lemon juice and salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Add smooth cherry pulp into cool green tea and stir.
  6. Pour the green tea & cherry concoction into popsicle mold and freeze completely.
  7. To un-mold, place popsicle mold under running hot water for a few seconds.
For Cherry Granita.
  1. Add balance concoction into a freezer-safe container.
  2. Freeze for 2 hours, then begin the process of lightly scraping the top frozen layer with a fork. Return to freeze and continue the scraping process every few hours until the entire concoction is scraped.
  3. Serve granita in a fancy glass garnished with a cherry.

 

If you have an urge to cook up using cherries, do me a favor and get a cherry pitter and thank me later. Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July celebration with your loved ones :)

What’s your favorite summer kitchen gadget?

 

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1 Stesha July 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Ah, I love a good popsicle treat! I pinned this.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

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2 marla July 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

LOVE cherry!! Great pops and granita!
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3 Rosa July 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Oh, those popsicles are lovely! What an interesting flavor combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Jagruti July 6, 2012 at 7:11 PM

My first visit to your blog and I am hooked with your pictures :) This is such a great way to freeze away your sorrows..hehe..My favorite summer gadget is hmm….ofcourse the blender. Whoosh! and you have a slushie ready to sip :)

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5 chinmayie @ love food eat July 7, 2012 at 1:36 AM

How beautiful! I wish I got such perfect cherries in India. What I get here is never so big and ripe. Love the color of the granita.
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6 Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} July 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

How fun your sister was in town!! It’s always so nice to see family! Love this recipe. I love cherries!!
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7 Reem | Simply Reem July 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Yum..
I am loving all and any popsicles in this crazy heat ..
These look good Kiran!!

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8 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 8, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Bet it’s hot in the old home town now. You’d need these popsicles just to survive. :)

They look great and I’m glad to hear you had a lovely visit with family. That’s what I miss most being so far away.
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9 mycookinghut July 8, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Lovely flavour combo! I will not hesitate to try!
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10 aparna July 8, 2012 at 8:21 AM

oh brilliant… loved the recipe… will try it out soon…. i wish we found all the ingredients as easily in india…
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11 Kim Bee July 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Kiran these are really gorgeous. I need a cherry pitter in my life something awful.
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12 katie July 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

YUM! I’ve yet to make my own popsicles and desperately want to make my own soon! Yours look delightful as always!
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13 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying your summer and making good memories. These sound fantastic, I love the combination of green tea and cherries.
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14 Kitchen Belleicious July 10, 2012 at 9:00 AM

oh i love love love them! the color is breathtaking and so creative to add green tea to the pops. genius and beautiful
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15 Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} July 11, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Glad to hear you had a wonderful summer so far and made so many unforgettable memories with your family.
The cherry popsicles look very tempting
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16 Cass @foodmyfriend July 11, 2012 at 8:33 PM

So so yummy Kiran!! It’s Winter here and I would still eat one of these. You make everything look so very beautiful x
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17 Jenny @ BAKE July 12, 2012 at 5:59 AM

this is a genius way to display popsicles! I love the sound of your flavour combination too
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