A refreshing frozen treat made with fresh strawberries and lemons. Cool down this summer with these homemade Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles!
With summer officially here it’s time to break out the otter pop popsicle molds and make some of these homemade Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles.
They are so good and so refreshing. A cool treat perfect for summer and beating the heat.
HOW DO I MAKE HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES?
Homemade strawberry lemonade Popsicles are simple to make and so refreshing. There are a couple of different methods I’ve used or heard of to combine the liquid and sweeteners together.
- Cold stir until dissolved – use cold water and hand stir until sugars are dissolved. This method takes more time and may not fully dissolve sugar crystals.
- Simple syrup method (boil and dissolve) – add water and sugar. Boil until sugar is dissolved. This method takes longer as you must bring water mixture to boil then cool before finishing the lemonade. I believe this is the most common method of making lemonade. It’s often referred to as the simple syrup method.
- Blender method – using a blender, puree and mix sugar and lemon juice and some of the water until dissolved. Faster method without having to heat the mixture.
- Pressure cooker – I have a friend over at Berly’s Kitchen that makes an Instant Pot lemonade using her Instant Pot. Super easy but she does say it changes the flavor slightly as the lemon juice is heated with all the other ingredients.
I prefer a no-cook version using a blender. (I have a Blendtec blender and LOVE it. If you’re in the market for a new blender, check them out. They can be a little pricy but so work what you get!)
This method offers great fresh flavors and a speedy delivery on the popsicle mixture. No need to heat up the kitchen with a pot of boiling sugar water. The blender method quickly dissolves the sugar in the lemon juice so you will be ready to pour your strawberry lemonade popsicle mixture in minutes.
HOW DO I SWEETEN POPSICLES?
There are many different ways you can sweeten popsicles. For this yummy strawberry lemonade popsicle recipe, I use one of two sweeteners.
- Sugar – inexpensive, makes these popsicles taste like traditional lemonade (no honey flavor).
- Honey – all-natural, raw honey. Dissolves very easy and has very few sugar crystals.
Both sweeteners are great, it really just comes down to what you prefer. If you don’t like the flavor of honey, stick with sugar. If you do like honey and have some in the pantry, use honey.
One thing to note if you use honey. Honey is a bit sweeter than regular granulated sugar. Which means, if you use honey, you will need less.
Typically, you can replace sugar in a recipe with honey by using 3 parts honey to every 4 parts sugar (i.e. 3/4 cup honey for every 1 cup granulated white sugar).
The strawberry lemonade popsicles recipe I share below will include granulated sugar.
IF YOU LIKE THIS STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES RECIPE YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE:
- Easy Lemon Cream Pie – easy to make in 5 minutes, semi-homemade (using a store-bought graham cracker crust and lemon curd)
- Sugar-Free Lemonade – simple, sugar-free, refreshing
- Creamy Lemon Eclairs – light, airy lemon cream filling with a simple chocolate ganache
- Honey Lemonade – lightly sweetened with natural raw honey
- 5-Minute Blackberry Lemonade – Quick and easy to make
- Homemade Lemon Ice Cream – creamy, rich, filled with lemon curd and graham cracker chunks
HERE’S THE FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE. ENJOY!
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1-1.5 lbs)
- 3 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar (see notes)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 pound strawberries, rinsed and destemmed
- Place lemon juice, 1 cup water and sugar in blender. Blend 1-2 minutes until sugar is dissolved or very few crystals remain.
- Add remaining water and ice cubes. Blend for an additional 45-60 seconds.
- Last, add strawberries, PULSE 10-15 times until strawberries are pureed with some small chunks left.
- Using a funnel, carefully fill otter pop popsicle bags up to 1/2 inch below zipper. Seal and freeze.
Sugar substitutes for 3/4 cup sugar:
- 3/4 cup 1:1 zero calorie sweetener (read the package as some zero-calorie sweeteners are not 1 cup equivalent to 1 cup sugar. Sometimes they are 2:1 or even stronger)
- 1/2 cup honey
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