Old fashioned lemonade popsicles are delicious and hyper refreshing on a hot summer day, plus easy to make.
Keep in mind though, that these lemonade popsicles are very sweet, just like good old fashioned lemonade should be. Due to this the sugar content is higher than some other fruit pops. If you’re not on board with a higher sugar pop, check out the tips for cutting some of that sugar at the bottom of this post.
Old fashioned lemonade popsicle recipe
About 2 and 2/3 cups of lemonade. Depending on your popsicle mold size, the amount of popsicles you’ll get will vary. For example, each Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Mold (the ones I used in the images with the yellow handle) holds around 1/2 cup of popsicle mix, so I got 5 groovy pops with a little lemonade left over.
- 1/2 cup fresh organic lemon juice (that’s about 3 medium sized organic lemons)
- 1/2 cup organic white sugar
- 1/2 cup water + 1.5 cup cold water
Make your pops
- Combine 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup organic sugar in a small saucepan.
- Slowly heat up the saucepan on the stove top, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves.
- In a pitcher, combine the sugar water with the lemon juice and cold water.
- Mix and taste.
- If your lemonade is too lemony, add a bit more water. If it’s too tart, add a bit of organic honey or organic agave.
- Once your lemonade tastes perfect, pour it into your chosen popsicle molds.
- Freeze until solid.
Experimenting with less sugar
You can experiment with sweeteners if you like, for example replace some of the table sugar with honey or agave during the initial saucepan process. However, keep in mind that most popsicles will be too hard if you don’t use enough sweetener, so don’t omit too much. Plus, in the case of lemonade pops, your mixture, minus sugar will be super tart.
You can also make your lemonade pops healthier and dilute the added sugar content by adding various fruit mix-ins, such as pureed berries, smashed or chopped peaches, or whole slices of lemons, limes, or other citrus.
Images © Jennifer Chait