If an ice-cold glass of limeade sounds like heaven on a hot day, you need to try these easy-to-make Lime Popsicles! You can prep them in minutes with just 3 ingredients, pop them in the freezer, and enjoy them in no time at all!
Does anyone else think that limes are terribly underrated in America? Don't get me wrong; I love lemonade, but will almost always choose limeade over it. Though limes tend to be a bit more bitter than lemons, a little sugar really balances the bitterness out and makes for such a wonderful flavor.
I'll also always choose lime candies over lemon candies don't understand why so many candy brands are changing lime flavors to green apple. The country had to create a whole uproar in order to get lime skittles back!
The lime popsicle recipe I'm sharing with you today is perfect for these hot summer days. The popsicles are even better than a cold glass of limeade and though they have that classic lime flavor, they're also deliciously sweet.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
If you love all things lime, you're going to love these popsicles! They have the perfect balance of tart lime flavor and sweetness. And they only require 3 ingredients.
They're also incredibly easy to make. Unlike many other popsicle recipes, there is no heating required. When we're going through a heatwave and you're trying to make popsicles to cool off, why would you want to turn on your stove??
Thankfully, it's not necessary for these popsicles. Just shake up the ingredients, pour into the popsicle molds, and let them freeze!
You just need 3 ingredients for these lime popsicles... You might not even have to go to the grocery store as they're fairly basic ingredients. Here's what you need:
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Granulated sugar
If you want, you can also add a thinly cut lime slice into the mold for a fun aesthetic, like I did.
In addition to the ingredients, you do need some tools to make homemade popsicles, including:
That's all you need, but if you want, you can purchase these little popsicle wrappers to keep your popsicles in once they're frozen (see more info below on how to store).
I also highly recommend a good citrus press to make juicing all those lime easier! Trust me, this will save you so much time.
🍈 How to make lime popsicles
Lots of popsicle recipes will have you combine the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer them so that the sugar dissolves into the liquid. However, I don't think that's necessary at all and just requires extra work and is counterintuitive to making frozen treats.
Rather than getting the sugar to dissolve over heat, you can just combine all the ingredients in a large mason jar and shake them up a bit.
I recommend shaking for 60 seconds, letting rest, and then shaking for another 60 seconds. And you're good to go!
If you don't have a mason jar, you can put the ingredients in a blender and blend for a minute or even put them in a large bowl and whisk vigorously.
Now you can divide the mixture between the cavities of your popsicle mold.
Fill each mold almost to the top, being sure to leave a little space as the popsicles will expand as they freeze.
If you want, you can add lime slices to each mold. This has a pretty effect, but obviously the limes aren't meant to be eaten. They're just for a fun aesthetic!
Place the cover on the mold and add popsicle sticks.
Chill in your freezer for at least 4 hours, until popsicles are fully frozen.
Now it's just a waiting game! Tick tock, tick tock.
Once the popsicles are ready, it should be pretty easy to remove them from the molds. If they don't come out easily, run a little warm water over the molds while you gently jiggle the stick.
And sweet (and a little bit tart) relief is here for a sweltering hot day!
These lime popsicles are seriously like heaven during the summer months. If you love homemade limeade, you're going to be obsessed with these.
They're the perfect balance of sweet and tart all wrapped up in refreshing iciness.
They can be enjoyed by both adults and kids, alike and you'll likely feel a bit better about giving your family a homemade treat over a packaged popsicle with lots of preservatives.
⏲ How to store
Once your popsicles are frozen, you should keep them in the freezer, either in plastic wrappers, plastic wrap, or a large Ziplock bag.
They should keep for about a month when stored properly.
🥤 Can I use bottled lime juice?
If you're in a pinch, you can use store-bought lime juice, but it won't have quite the same flavor as freshly squeezed.
I know squeezing all those limes can be a pain, but I think it's worth it for these popsicles!
🧃 Can I just use limeade?
How much easier would these lime popsicles be if you just have to pour pre-made limeade into the popsicle molds? Of course you can do this for a shortcut; they just won't taste as fresh as these pops. But will still be fun!
🍬 Can I use less sugar?
You can! The first time I made these, I actually used ⅓ cup of sugar instead of ½ cup. I thought they were a little bit too tart, so I increased it a bit.
My husband actually thought they were delicious and said lime popsicles are meant to be tart... But I also wanted to make these super kid-friendly and I knew a little more sweetness would make these more palatable to all.
You can feel free to experiment and use the amount of sugar that works best for you.
👩🍳 Variations on recipe
If you love the idea of these lime popsicles, but want something a little different, I have a few ideas for how you can switch things up!
- Instead of lime, you can easily use lemon juice or grapefruit juice.
- Add some chopped mint or thyme to the mixture.
- Replace water with coconut milk for a more tropical flavor.
- If you want to make margarita popsicles, replace ½ cup of the water with tequila.
- Dip frozen popsicles in melted chocolate and then pop back into the freezer for a super fun dessert.
🧊 More treat recipes for hot days
If it's a heatwave where you are, you may be looking for more treats to help you cook down! Here are some of my favorites:
- Mango Popsicles
- Fruity Pebbles Greek Yogurt Popsicles
- Berry Greek Cheesecake Popsicles
- Peanut Butter Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Cupcakes
- Rainbow Sherbet Cake
- Starburst Ice Cream
- Strawberry Puppuccino (for your pup!)
- Almond Milk Popsicles (from The Harvest Kitchen)
I hope you love these lime popsicles and that they bring you cool relief and happiness all summer long.
Be sure to comment below if you make them!
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 ½ cups water
- 12 thin lime slices, optional
- Put lime juice, sugar, and water into a large mason jar, close jar tightly, and shake vigorously for about 60 seconds. Let rest for a minute and then shake again for 60 seconds. If you prefer, you can put the ingredients in a blender and process for a minute to combine. Or you can put the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk vigorously.
- Divide mixture between popsicle molds, filling almost to the top, being sure to leave a little space as popsicles will expand as they freeze. Add lime slices to molds if desired. Place cover on top and add popsicle sticks.
- Chill in freezer for at least 4 hours, until popsicles are fully frozen.
- Gently remove popsicles from mold. If it's difficult to do so, run a little warm water over the molds while you gently jiggle the stick to remove the popsicle.
- Store popsicles in freezer, either in plastic wrappers, plastic wrap, or a large Ziplock bag. They should keep for about a month.