Summer Chillers to Beat the Heat
With temperatures soaring already, we're all looking for ways to beat the heat this summer. Try these chillers to keep those steamy days in check.
No matter which cool beverage you choose to fight the summer heat, you can add even more chilling power by freezing it. Coffee, tea, juice, and lemonade can each be a base for delicious popsicles you can enjoy in the sweltering summer heat.
Keep the heat at bay with an icy version of your favorite coffee.
Creamy Coffee Pops
Start by brewing your favorite coffee (try one of our Iced Coffee Blends), then letting it cool. Next, add your favorite creamer to taste. Make different versions of this tasty coffee with different flavored coffee creamers. If you want your coffee popsicles to be sweeter, add sugar while the coffee is still hot to make it easier to dissolve. Pour your mixture into your popsicle mold to about half an inch below the top (to allow for expansion) and freeze for at least four hours or overnight.
Make your creamy coffee pops for special occasions by layering. Add 1/2 inch of creamer to the popsicle mold and freeze for an hour. Pour your mixture of coffee and cream over the top of the frozen cream.
You can keep your coffee popsicles in the freezer for up to one week.
Any tea would make a tasty tea popsicle. Black, green, or herbal teas all do well as a summer chiller.
Iced Tea Popsicles
Steep your favorite black tea to your desired strength (try our Iced Tea Blend). Sweeten to taste and add lemon if you like. Freezing your tea can dull the flavors, so it may take a little experimenting to get it just right.
Arnold Palmer Popsicles
Yep, you can even make a non-alcoholic cocktail popsicle with equal parts sweet tea and lemonade. Mix the two and pour the mixture into your popsicle mold.
Earl Grey Popsicles
Steep your Earl Grey tea and add either sugar or honey to sweeten it to taste. After the tea cools, pour it into your popsicle mold and freeze.
Chai Tea Latte Popsicles
Here's a healthy popsicle with an extra layer of chill. Evoke the cooler days of autumn with this Chai Tea Latte popsicle.
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
2 tbsp honey
1 cup chai tea concentrate
Mix all three ingredients together until smooth. Fill your popsicle mold and freeze overnight. To make your chai concentrate, steep 3 tablespoons of our loose-leaf Chai Tea with 8 ounces of water for 3 to 5 minutes (any longer could cause it to be bitter).
Mint and Lime Popsicles
Make a healthy herbal tea and fruit popsicle by steeping mint herbal tea and letting it cool. Add thin slices of lime and small sprigs of mint to your popsicle molds and fill with mint tea. Freeze them overnight. For a refreshing adult version, serve in a collins glass with an ounce of quality white rum.
Choose any of our refreshing tisanes as a base for a fruity and exciting popsicle. Add thin slices of fruits like peaches, apples, oranges, and cherries and fill with your choice of tisane. If you want it a little sweeter, add sugar to the tisane while it's still hot to be sure it dissolves. Serve with a glass of iced seltzer water to make the refreshment last longer.
Rest and Relax Popsicles
End your hot evenings with this popsicle meant to relax. Steep chamomile tea and let it cool. Add food-grade lavender flowers and mint leaves to your popsicle mold and add the chamomile tea. Now you have a popsicle that makes bedtime cooling as well as relaxing.