Turn your favorite summer refresher into a frozen treat with this tart Limeade Popsicles recipe! They’re the perfect way to cool down!
Hot summer days call for citrus refreshments, and nothing says refreshing summer treat like Limeade. This lime popsicle recipe is simple and versatile, making it the best kind of summer recipe. Make up a batch of popsicles the night before your pool party or day at the lake and have them ready for the hottest part of the day. I like to have popsicles for the kids and make a creamy Lime Jello Salad for the grown-ups to enjoy, the kids never know what they’re missing!
Why We Love Limeade Popsicles
I like to make these into Lime-a-rita Popsicles and Coconut Lime Popsicles with easy add-ins. Just add a 1/4 cup of tequila for lime margarita popsicles, or a 1/4 cup of creme of coconut for deliciously creamy Coconut Lime Popsicles. You could even sprinkle some salt on as soon as you pull them out of the freezer to serve to make it even more like a frozen drink at a tiki bar.
Popsicles are just about the easiest treats to prepare and you can make a lot of them ahead of time for a crowd while staying on a tight budget.
Water: This is the base of your simple syrup to make the popsicles
Sugar: Use white granulated or your favorite sugar substitute if you want to lower the calories
Lime Juice: Add all the flavor with freshly squeezed lime juice, bottled will work but it won’t taste as good as fresh
You can add alcohol to make them into a delicious frozen cocktail option. I’ve even served these ice pops in a glass of white wine or prosecco for an adult treat!
Add fresh berries before freezing to make them even nicer to look at, I recommend filling halfway, freeze for two hours, then add berries and fill the rest of the way and freeze again.
If you want to make cherry limeade popsicles, add 2 tablespoons of grenadine to the popsicle base before freezing. You can even add chopped maraschino cherries into the molds for extra fruity flavor.
How to Make Limeade Popsicles
STEP 1 Pour the water into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Then add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
STEP 2 Add lime juice and lime zest to the simple syrup and stir everything together.
STEP 3 Pour the limeade mixture into the popsicle molds. Place the top onto the molds and add popsicle sticks. (This process mary vary depending on the brand of molds you use.)
STEP 4 Freeze the popsicles for at least 5 hours before eating.
Tips & Tricks
- If you want your popsicles practically clear, boil the water first. Then let it cool back down to a simmer before adding the sugar.
- To easily remove the popsicles from the mold run them under warm water for a few seconds then pop them free.
- For an extra kick, dip freshly un-molded popsicles in lime juice and then into Tajin seasoning mixed with granulated sugar.
How many calories are in a limeade popsicle?
You only have to worry about 19 calories per popsicle, and if you like to use a sugar substitute you can make them even lower!
More delicious summer treat recipes
- Fruit Popsicles
- Blackberry Limeade Punch
- Bomb Pop Jello Shots
- Spiked Lime Ice Cream Soda
- Unicorn Ice Cream
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons lime zest optional
- Pour the water into a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Add the sugar and whisk until dissolved completely.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow the simple syrup to cool a bit. Then stir in the lime juice and lime zest.
- Pour the popsicle base into the popsicle molds. (see note) Place the top of the molds in place and add popsicle sticks. This may vary based on the type of popsicle mold you have.
- Freeze for 5 hours or overnight. If needed, run the popsicle mold cavity under warm water to help release the popsicle.