Blueberry Basil Martini Pops Recipe

Jul 20, 2012 12:01 pm

Try a summery booze-spiked blueberry pop-tail

Photo: Jessie Cross
Photo: Jessie Cross
Vodka popsicles are great, but make sure you add some blueberries for "extra flavor."

You might think that blueberry and basil seem like an unlikely couple, but you're in for a ridiculously delicious treat. The pops have a deep berry flavor, with a sweet hint of fragrant pepper from basil-infused simple syrup. 

Servings: 8


1 cup sugar
1 cup Demerara syrup (equal parts demerara sugar and hot water)
1 1/2 cups fresh basil
4 cups blueberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup vodka
  1. Combine the water and sugar together in a small pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar completely dissolves. Add the basil and stir.
  2. Remove from the heat, cover and cool to room temperature to make a basil-infused simple syrup. Strain, discarding the solids. 
  3. Puree the blueberries, lemon juice and basil syrup in your blender in batches. Strain into a large bowl, mashing the puree around with a spoon to extract as much as liquid as you can.
  4. Discard the solids. Whisk with vodka. 
  5. Fill the pop molds with the blueberry mixture leaving 1/4 inch at the top. Freeze until slushy, then insert a stick in each. Freeze overnight, until solid.  
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
15 minutes plus freezing time
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes
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