Looking to cool down on a hot summer’s day? Here’s a cute and easy popsicle idea that adults and little ones can enjoy together. We took a silicone ice tray for square cubes and filled it with a variety of our favorite summer beverages. Different flavors of lemonade, like blueberry and raspberry, made for refreshing treats, especially with pieces of fresh fruit added in. You can also use a blender to distribute the fruity flavor more evenly throughout the pop. For a mature flavor (and a little kick of caffeine), we added iced tea to some of the cubes, creating some yummy Arnold Palmer pops.
A few popsicle-making tricks of the trade:
- The liquid will expand as it freezes, so leave some extra room at the top of the cube mold to keep the mixture from spilling over.
- Allow the liquid to partially freeze before adding the stick so that it stands upright. We cut up paper straws for our sticks for an easy and festive accent to the frozen treat.
- Let the popsicles fully freeze before removing them from the mold. For a regular-size pop, this will take about five hours. For the smaller ones, three hours will do.
- Even with the flexible silicone mold, the pops can sometimes be hard to slide out. To ease removal, briefly run the mold under warm water.
- Don’t have a silicone mold? No need to worry. A paper cup makes an easy alternative.