Homemade Lemonade Popsicles

Homemade lemonade popsicles, sometimes called lemon popsicles or lemon ice pops, are a light and refreshing treat made with three simple ingredients. Enjoy this frozen treat on a hot summer day or year-round (why limit yourself to a hot day?). This straightforward recipe takes five minutes + six hours of freezing time.

Hand holding a popsicle against a black background

Move over store-bought lemonade popsicles; I have the real thing! I will show you how to make homemade popsicles using this easy recipe. This kid-friendly recipe is made with real fruit, similar to my strawberry and natural fruit popsicle recipes.

Suppose this is your first time making lemonade. Be prepared to have your mind blown. Ok, maybe a bit dramatic. But lemonade is so easy to make that there is no reason to buy it at the store again.

In addition, using this lemonade popsicle recipe is a great way to use any extra lemons. Adjust the ratios to make a smaller batch if you only have a couple of lemons.

Ingredients

Lemon Juice – Always use fresh lemon juice to balance out the flavor. I stand firm on this point. Bottled lemon juice is not the same.

Lemon Zest – Optional – Add the zest of one lemon to the recipe for a more robust lemon flavor.

Sweetener – I use a simple white sugar to make this recipe. The sugar easily dissolves when combined with lemon juice. Make a simple syrup for a slightly sweeter result by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.

Water – Use cold water, either tap or bottled.

Popsicle Mold – There are several ice pop molds available on Amazon. I used a silicone mold that I purchased on Amazon. My favorite popsicle mold is this stainless steel mold. An alternative is to use paper cups, Dixie cups, or even an ice cube tray. This old-school style always makes me smile!

Popsicle Sticks – I like to use simple wooden sticks found on Amazon. They are also called craft sticks.

Ingredients used in making the recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

Variation/SubstituteDescription
CreamyAdd 3/4 cup yogurt to create a creamy texture.
HerbsAdd flavor complexity with herbs such as basil or mint.
LimeSee this recipe if you want to make a lime or limeade popsicle.
PeachAdd fresh peach chunks to the popsicle mixture for a sweet and tart taste.
RaspberryAdd fresh raspberries to the popsicle mixture for a sweet and tart twist.
StrawberryAdd fresh strawberries to the popsicle mixture for a sweet and tangy flavor.
TequilaAdd tequila for a boozy twist. Limit the tequila to 1/4 cup.
VodkaWant something milder than tequila? Use vodka instead. Limit the vodka to 1/4 cup.

Expert Tips and Tricks

Add texture and variety: Add texture and variety by incorporating fresh fruit chunks. Berries taste great, as do mango and pineapple.

Boost the Color – For a pop of color, add 3 -4 drops of yellow gel food coloring.

Popsicle mold: Invest in a quality mold to make uniform and easy-to-handle popsicles. Silicone molds are a great option as they are easy to use and clean.

Run the mold under warm water: To remove the popsicles from the mold, run it under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them up.

Unmolding Popsicles – Frozen popsicles tend to become stuck within the mold. If this happens, run the mold under warm water for 30 seconds. After that, gently pull the popsicle from the mold. If the popsicle does not release, repeat in 15-second increments until it frees. Use caution not to get water in the mold.

Popsicle with a bite missing and a lemon slice near it.

FAQs

How long do popsicles take to freeze?

Popsicles generally will freeze in four to six hours. After they are frozen, unmold the popsicles and savor them or store them to enjoy them later.

Can I use store-bought lemonade?

Yes, absolutely. Canned, powdered, or concentrated frozen lemonade is also refreshing as a popsicle.

How do I store popsicles?

Line an airtight storage container with parchment or wax paper. Neatly line the container with a row of popsicles. Lay another piece of parchment or wax paper on top, repeating in layers until the container is full. Store in the freezer for up to three months.

Hand holding a popsicle against a black background.

Lemonade Popsicles

Homemade lemonade popsicles sometimes called lemon popsicles or lemon ice pops, are light and a refreshing treat. Made with three simple ingredients. Enjoy this frozen treat on a hot summer day or year-round (why limit yourself to a hot day?) This straightforward recipe is made in five minutes + six hours of freezing time. 
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Course: Frozen, Treat
Cuisine: American, Lemon
Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Equipment

  • Popsicle mold
  • 6 – 8 Popsicle sticks

Ingredients

  • ½ cup lemon juice (122g)
  • ½ cup sugar (100g)
  • 1.5 cups cold water (355ml)

Instructions

  • Cut the lemons in half and squeeze out the juice.
  • Place the lemon juice in sugar in a bowl and whisk together until fully combined. Add the water and whisk again to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into your mold, top, and insert the popsicle stick. Freeze for 6 hours.
  • To unmold the popsicles, run warm to hot water over the mold for 30 seconds. Gently release the popsicle from the mold.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Lemons – Always use fresh lemons.  Bottled lemon juice does not taste the same (or right).
Storing – Line an airtight storage container with wax or parchment paper. Lay the popsicles on top of the paper. Continue to add paper before each layer. Popsicles can be stored for up to one month.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Lemonade Popsicles
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
69
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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