As a kid, orange Popsicles were always my go-to from those big boxes of fruit-flavored icy treats that would make appearances at end-of-year school parties and friends’ summer birthdays. Forget cherry or grape — the citrusy pops were the only kind that mattered in my 9-year-old mind.
Now, to be completely honest, if I were faced with that box again, my choice would be the same. But I’d rather skip that choice completely and make something a little more fitting to my current taste, like these orange juice pops that are made a tiny bit more sophisticated with the help of black tea.
The bitter notes of black tea add balance to what otherwise would simply be a sweet orange juice pop. And then there’s the orange wheels tucked inside, which not only add texture, but just make these ice pops almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Reach for this refresher on warm afternoons when you need a little perk of energy and you need to cool down fast. It’s guaranteed to do both.
Black tea gives these orange pops grown-up, sophisticated flair.
- 1 1/2 cups
black tea bags, like Lipton or Twinings
- 1/2 cup
orange, sliced into thin wheels
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat, add 2 tea bags, and let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add orange juice. Let mixture cool to room temperature, and then chill in the fridge for about an hour.
Once cold, pour the mixture into ice pop molds garnished with orange wheels. Top with ice pop sticks. Freeze until completely set.
Run cool water over the molds to unmold.
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Sheela is the Senior Contributing Food Editor at Kitchn and the author of Mediterranean Every Day: Simple, Inspired Recipes for Feel-Good Food. She received her master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and is also a Registered Dietitian.