With hot summer days by the pool upon us, and sticky backyard evenings of fireflies and barbecue, we’ve got our eye on these homemade popsicle recipes. Scrumptious, icy-cold and packed with summertime fruit, these are perfectly appropriate go-to treats for the season—not to mention a fun project to keep little hands busy until it’s time for back-to-school shopping.
This combination of sweet watermelon and fresh garden herbs—frozen to perfection in a hand-held treat—is the be-all, end-all of summer refreshment, as far as we’re concerned. Bright pink pops dotted with vibrant green parsley are a delicious treat for all senses.
Real heavy cream lends the slightest decadence to these pops, making them an ideal post-barbecue dessert. Tart and sweet thanks to fresh summer berries and homemade simple syrup, and with just enough creamy richness, these popsicles are satisfying, without tipping the scales all the way to heavy.
Cranberry Apple Popsicles
Cran-apple, traditionally one of autumn’s favorite flavor combinations, gets a summertime overhaul when the two are whirled together with simple syrup and a splash of fresh lemon juice, then frozen into warm-weather-ready morsels. Cranberries from the freezer aisle do the trick, and as for the apples, you can either opt to slice and simmer fresh apples, or use jarred applesauce. Options abound.
These popsicles come from award-winning Orangette blogger Molly Wizenburg, who urges using whole-milk yogurt here as opposed to low-fat or non-fat, in order to get the best and creamiest texture and flavor. Other berries work well in the pops, too, but depending on the berry, the amount of sugar may need to be adjusted.
Tangy, tropical and sunny-hued, these frozen pops absolutely scream summer. With just a touch of honey to cut through the tartness of fresh pineapple and orange, these make refreshing fruit popsicles for all occasions. Consider making ice cube versions—they would be lovely floating in a glass of fresh lemonade or fruit punch.
Things we know for sure: Kids love fro-yo, and kids love popsicles—and so do we. Well, here’s a recipe that capitalizes on both. Inspired by mango lassi, a popular East Indian drink, these all-natural, healthy frozen yogurt pops are sure to be a hit among kids and adults alike.
Bourbon and Diet Ginger Ale Popsicles
Our answer to a grown-ups-only version of this frozen summer staple is these Bourbon and Diet Ginger Ale Popsicles. The pops are sweet, but have that perfect amount of boozy bite. We like Maker’s Mark bourbon, and opt for diet soda to cut on calories, but choose your favorite of each! This recipe comes courtesy of Sarah Stewart Holland, a member of HerKentucky, a group of women bloggers out of Kentucky—and Kentucky women know their bourbon treats.
—By Alissa Harb