Deliciously refreshing and Maine-inspired blueberry basil popsicles
3 pints fresh local blueberries
5–8 stalks fresh basil
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
In a small saucepan, simmer the blueberries, 3-4 stalks of basil, and water over low heat until the blueberries have softened and the mixture is a rich purple color. Remove and toss the basil stalks, then add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
Let the mixture cool. Once cooled, put in a blender with 1/2 lemon juice and leaves from the rest of the basil. Blend until smooth and pour the mixture into popsicles molds.
Place molds in the fridge until chilled (20-30 minutes), then transfer to the freezer. After about an hour or so (ie when the popsicles are partially frozen), insert a popsicle stick into each mold.
Once the mixture is frozen solid, let the popsicle molds sit in warm water for about 30 seconds and extract popsicles.
If you don’t have popsicles molds, you can use small paper cups. Once the mixture is frozen after sitting in the fridge, you can just tear the paper cups off the pops and enjoy!