When it comes to frozen deserts, I am hands down an ice cream girl. As I sit writing this post, I am drinking from a steaming mug of coffee complete with a dollop of ice cream melting on top. What can I say? I take my coffee with cream.
Frozen treats like popsicles are something I typically snack on to fill the time, not satate my sweet tooth. The only time I really recall wanting to eat a popsicle was as a kid spending my afternoons at the swimming pool. My friends and I would eat those posicles in the clear plastic sleeves like they were going out of style.
After using my popsicle molds but once this past summer, I went in search of a fall popsicle recipe, and I found these delicious apple cider popsicles. Though titled apple cider posicles, the recipe calls for apple juice spiced with cinnamon and cloves that is then reduced.
I figured I would eat one popsicle as a test, and the rest would remain in the freezer until June. After I ate the first popsicle, I ate another one. And then I ate one more. They really are that good.
I wasn’t sure about the rosemary. Though rosemary is one of my favorites, I recognized it has a strong flavor not everyone enjoys. But the rosemary in the popsicles gives the juice a very subtle flavor one may be hard pressed to identify not knowing it was in the recipe.
I had another taster on hand who remarked, “these are good. ” The taster went on to lament the inability to taste things via the blog, but not before saying, “these are ridiculous.” (To clarify, ridiculous in this context means the popsicles are super delicious.)
Do not let a lack of popsicle molds hold you up from trying these popsicles, though I suppose late fall may be the time to buy popsicle molds on clearance. Simply freeze the popsicles in paper Dixie cups. If the posicles are difficult to remove from the molds or the cups, simply run warm water over the mold for a couple of seconds to loosen the popsicle.
The only regret I had making these apple cider popsicles was not making them sooner. I’m convinced you will enjoy them too!
Apple Cider Popsicles
Yield 12 -1/3 cup pops
- 4 cups apple juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
- 2 whole cloves
- 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine the apple juice, water, sugar, rosemary, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the mixture is reduced to 3 1/2 cups, about 25 minutes. Strain into a large bowl or 4-cup measuring cup and cool to room temperature.
- Stir in the vinegar and vanilla.
- Pour into popsicle molds, insert sticks, and freeze.