On hot summer days, one of my favorite things to whip up is homemade lemonade. It's such a simple thing: lemons, water and simple syrup. And it takes mere minutes to create. But when I want to really thrill the kids, I tint my lemonade pink -- and then freeze some into ice pops. Sound complicated? It's totally not.
Wondering how to make ice pops? It's simple. You start with your favorite juice. You pour it into 3 ounce cups (about 1/4 cup for each) and then wait until the chilly drink gets a layer of ice on top. Then you plunge Popsicle sticks into each one. Let them freeze completely and then you have a delicious pop ready to be plucked from the cup and enjoyed.
Ready for a pop?
Homemade pink lemonade
- 3/4 cup water plus 4 cups cold water, divided
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 lemons, juiced
- 1 tablespoon grenadine
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine 3/4 cup of water with the sugar. Stir constantly, until the sugar is fully dissolved into the water. Remove it from the heat and pour it into a pitcher.
- Add the remaining 4 cups of water, lemon juice and grenadine. Stir it well to combine.
- Chill it until it is ready to serve.
^ Save the lemon rinds for zest! Simply freeze the rinds in a resealable bag for whenever you need a little lemon zest for cooking. If you grate them while they are frozen you get that great lemon flavor without the acidity.
Homemade pink lemonade pops
- 1 cup pink lemonade
- 4 (3 ounce) plastic cups
- 4 Popsicle sticks
- Fill each of the four plastic cups up with 1/4 cup of lemonade. Set in the freezer and freeze for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, until an icy film appears on the top.
- Push one Popsicle stick through the center of each frozen lemonade. Freeze for an additional 2 to 3 hours, until they are solid.
- Remove from the plastic cups and serve.
- For the best results, be sure to let the lemonade partially freeze before sticking the Popsicle stick in. This ensures that it stays in the center of the pop.
- Pops not releasing easily? Dunk them for 5 seconds in a bowl of warm water (only let the water touch the plastic!). Then they will easily pull loose from the cups.