These homemade lemonade popsicles are super refreshing. With just three ingredients they are easy to make and perfect to cool off on a hot day.
Is there anything better than a refreshing lemon popsicle on a hot summer's day? Maybe my delicious lime popsicles might come close 🙂 These lemonade popsicles are the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Enough sweetness to make them kid friendly and just enough bite to keep the adults happy to.
These are by far and away the most requested popsicle flavor by my three year old although to be honest the rest of the family love them to. They never last more than a day in our house, regardless of the weather!
How to juice a lemon without a juicer
Don't have a juicer? No problem, follow these easy steps to get out a much juice as possible:
- Heat it - microwave the lemon for about twenty seconds. This gets everything nice and soft to help get as much juice as possible out.
- Roll it - roll the lemon firmly on a chopping board.
- Cut it - cutting the lemon length ways can help maximize the amount of juice you can get out.
- Squeeze it - squeeze the lemon half firmly in your hand, holding the other one underneath to catch the pips, or over a strainer if that's easier.
Lemons: fresh lemons are best for this recipe. I don't recommend using bottled lemon juice, it won't taste the same and may have a very bitter taste.
Sugar: I use white sugar in this recipe so as not to compete with the fresh flavor of the lemons and to keep this a vegan treat. You could use castor sugar if your prefer. Or if you want to avoid refined white sugar you could replace it with honey or maple syrup, keeping in mind you will be about to taste this in your popsicles.
Water: some water helps dilute the strong flavors in these popsicles, making them a kid friendly treat the whole family can enjoy.
How to make lemonade popsicles
To get more juice out of the lemons you can try a couple of things. You can microwave for about twenty seconds each, or thirty seconds for more than one lemon. If doing this be Very careful when cutting them open, as the juice can heat up and burst out as you cut them.
You can also try rolling the lemons on the chopping board with your hands to break up the insides.
Cut the lemons and half and juice them.
Add the sugar and one cup of water of water to a small pot on the stove. Heat on medium, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. Take of the heat and add the lemon juice.
Transfer to a heatproof jug. Add enough water to make up the total volume about cups (600mls)
Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks and freeze overnight or at least twelve hours, preferably a full twenty fours. Its important to leave these for the full amount of time to set, the sugar to off set the sourness of the lemons means they can be a little soft. If you don't let them freeze for long enough they can break when you try to remove them from the popsicle molds.
How to serve
To serve remove from molds and enjoy! Mind the drips!
How to store
These popsicles will store well in an airtight container with some baking paper between them to stop them sticking together for up two months, but I doubt they will last that long!
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Looking for more refreshing popsicle recipes?
Why not try making
- Lime popsicles
- Mango popsicles
- Lemon, lime and bitters popsicles
- Tangelo creamsicles
- Grapefruit and orange popsicles
- Popsicle molds and sticks
- 4 - 8 medium lemons (enough for ½ cup juice)
- ½ cup (110gms) white sugar
- Approx. 2 cups (500mls) water
- Add the sugar and one cup of water to a small pot. Heat on low, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Optional: microwave the whole lemons for about twenty second to help release the juice. Be careful when cutting in case juice bursts out.
- Juice the lemons. You will need half a cup of juice.
- Add the juice to the sugar and water mix and transfer to a heat proof container.
- Top up water until total volume is about 2 and a half cups (600mls).
- Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks and freeze for at least 12 hours, preferably 24 to ensure they are fully frozen.
- Remove from molds and enjoy!
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