With summer in full blaze, we’re cooling off with these pucker-licious Cherry Limeade Popsicles made with fresh cherries and homemade limeade.
It’s popsicle season! Yay!
I don’t know which I’m more excited about: the hot, sunny days or the sticky little hands that can run and play outside.
Either way, I’m celebrating! What better way to do that than to make a batch of sweet, puckery, Cherry Limeade popsicles?
HOW TO MAKE QUICK, EASY LIMEADE WITHOUT HEATING UP THE KITCHEN?
What’s the key to making refreshing fresh lemon and limeades without heating the kitchen?… a BLENDER!
I love making this cherry limeade base in my BlendTec blender – best blender ever! Using a blender to mix the limeade makes it quick, easy, and leaves little to no sugar crystals.
HOW TO REMOVE THE PIT FROM A CHERRY?
I used a cherry pitter, like this one, to pit the cherries for this recipe.
Other ways you can remove pits from cherries:
- pairing knife – cut in half and scoop the pit out
- straw – poke throw cherry top and push the pit out
Once the cherries were pitted I cut them in small chunks (half or quarters) so they would easily fit into our popsicle molds.
DO I NEED A SPECIAL MOLD TO MAKE THESE POPSICLES?
The short answer, no!
We used two different kinds of molds, one that made popsicles with a stick (link here) and bags like an otter pop (link here). Clearly, they both tasted the same because they were made with the same recipe but for some reason, my kids think they taste different. Making them two “different” shapes means we made two different kinds of popsicles. Either way, it made them really excited and happy.
Clearly, you can see, in my house different is good when it comes to frozen treats.
You can use a traditional popsicle mold, otter pop bags, small cups and popsicle sticks. You can even make this recipe in an ice cube tray covered with tinfoil and use toothpicks as the sticks. Whatever works for you will be fine.
OTTER POPS VS POPSICLES:
First, otter pop bags can be less messy when kids are enjoying them. Don’t get me wrong, all popsicles can turn into a mess but the popsicles in a bag don’t drip like the popsicles on a stick because the juice stays in the bag.
Second, you can make as many otter pops as you’d like, all at once. When using the traditional popsicle mold with sticks you can only make as many popsicles as you have molds and sticks.
If you make otter pops, check out these fun otter pop holders (below) I made for May the 4th (“May the ‘Force’ be with you”) Starwars day.
After the limeade and cherries were ready, we divided the cherry pieces equally into each mold then filled them with the limeade mixture. The juice turned that beautiful pink immediately as juice from the fresh cherries mixed with the limeade.
We put the sticks in and sealed the popsicle bags and stuck them in the freezer until they were solid. We waited until the next day to enjoy them.
That was it. They were really easy and so refreshing! Perfect for these hot summer days, and nights!
Not a fan of popsicles? No worries! Grab a glass and enjoy this Cherry Limeade on the rocks!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE POPSICLE FLAVOR?
FIND THE FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW:
- 1/2 lb limes, peeled (remove all peel and white), 3-4 small limes
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups ice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 lb cherries, pitted, just over 1 cup
- popsicle mold and sticks or popsicle mold bags
- In a blender, add limes (remove peel), water, ice, and sugar. Blend until sugar is dissolved. 30-60 seconds.
- Cut fresh cherries in half or quarters.
- Evenly divide cherry pieces into popsicle molds (10-2.5 oz or 6-4 oz popsicles). Carefully pour limeade mixture into each mold until almost full. Leave a little room-as it freezes it will expand just a little.
- Freeze until solid or overnight.
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OP: 6.4.18 Updated: 6.23.20