Watermelon Lemonade Ice Pops

by Megan on August 9, 2013

Watermelon Lemonade Ice Pops // take a megabite

When I picked my car up from an oil change, the fella said, “It’s August! Practically Christmas.” And I dyed a little inside. It may be the Sunday of the year, but you better believe that I’m holding on to summer. Like REALLY tightly. I’m going to ride my bike to brunch, make popsicles, eat hot dogs, and drink beer on patios for as long as possible. I’ll turn my oven on before my heat. But don’t worry, while  I might wear tights with shorts, I promise never to wear socks with sandals.

Watermelon Lemonade Ice Pops // take a megabite

So I finally got the cool popsicle mold! And I love it! No judgement Target-dollar-section-mold-guy. This mold of my dreams motivates me to clean out my freezer so there’s always room for it. And you guys, I might have a grandma freezer. It’s generally full of tomato sauce, jam, pizza dough, burger buns, and pizza dough.

Enough about my freezer drama though, let’s talk pops. These are so good! I was nervous that the lemon would overpower the watermelon, but nope! You taste both. It’s harmonious even. So I recommend making these soon! Maybe serve them dunked in a vodka soda. All I know, is that there will be plenty more pops this summer! Pop lock and drop it, yo.

Watermelon Lemonade Ice Pops // take a megabite

Watermelon Lemonade Ice Pops (makes 8*)
Recipe adapted from Hungry Girl Por vida via here + here

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2+ lemons)
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon juice (2 heaping cups cubed watermelon)

Directions:

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining the water, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir and heat until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a 2-cup measuring cup. Juice 2 lemons and pour juice through a fine mesh strainer into the measuring cup to remove pulp. 
  2. Place cubed watermelon in a food processor or blender pulse until smooth. Pour through the fine mesh strainer over the lemon juice and syrup, straining pulp. Fill until the measuring cup is full to the top, about 1 1/2 cups worth. (I think that those 2-cup measuring cup guys really fit about 2 1/2 cups to the top, ya know?) Taste it and add additional watermelon juice to tone down tartness or more lemon to reduce sweetness.
  3. Meanwhile soak 8 popsicle sticks in water for about an hour. Soaking them will keep them from floating and being all crooked-y. I didn’t realize to do this until after these guys, but I will in the future!
  4. Stir watermelon lemonade mixture and divide between 8 popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 30 minutes, and then insert soaked sticks. Freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight or until frozen solid. Run warm water over the molds to loosen. Enjoy!

* I bet with some finagling these could fill up the whole 12-pop mold. Just increase both the lemon portion and watermelon portion by 1/2 cup or so!

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

glitta walk // take a megabite

My Saturday morning bagel run ended up pretty cute.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Tieghan August 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

Summer needs to slow down!! I cannot believe it is August, so sad!! At least I can make these pops and make like dozens of them to last me through Thanksgiving!
Love the color and obviously, watermelon everything!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Right?! Let’s keep it real with watermelon, ok?

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Billy August 9, 2013 at 2:21 am

I WISH I HAD A GRANDMA FREEZER AND THESE POPSICLEZ!!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL!

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life August 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

How easy are these? I love a simple ingredient list!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Right?! Yes! Makes it so much better.

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cindy August 9, 2013 at 9:05 am

girl! I am so excited you have this pop mold! and these are the best color!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

You’re truly an ice pop inspiration, girlfren!

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hooray for fancy pop molds! I got mine last week and it’s been working its magic in the freezer all week long. These are so pretty and sound super tasty!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Yes! These pop molds are where it’s at. I’m so glad you and I finally joined the cool kids. :)

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Erika August 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

Pock Lock and Drop It!! You know I love that.. and these pops..

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Yeah, girl! Thanks!

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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion August 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

Agreed, hang on to summer!! Its bad enough I see holloween stuff… yuk!!!
I love these molds… off to target I go!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm
dixya| food, pleasure, and health August 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

everyones talking about that fancy pop mold – although its almost end of summer, Im tempted to get it now.

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Do it! I mean, you can always make fall-time ones! Pumpkin forever!

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Adrianna August 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I luuuv dhese! I got those same napkins from Target. Cute!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Thanks Adrianna! <3 We know what’s up!

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danielle August 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

watermelon, lemonade, ice pops…3 of my favorite summer staples in 1 delicious treat?! this is fantastic. thank you for posting it!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Yay! Hope you get your ice pop on, girl!

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Nik August 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Gonna Zoku these with the kid this weekend! Thanks! Excited! Cheers! (okay, I’m sipping gin – sorry for excess !!!)

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Yes! Let me know what you think! And cheers! <3

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

Loving this! Great recipe!

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Megan August 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Thanks, Katrina!

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Saturday morning bagel run? New York Bagel?

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Megan August 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm

YES! Always and forever. Sesame bagels for life.

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Was just there this morning myself :) The hugest line I’ve seen in awhile, but it was worth it. Everything bagel + chive cream cheese + smoked salmon. For life.

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Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

Watermelon lemonade sounds delicious!!

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Megan August 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Thanks, Melanie! They might be my fave.

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Brittany August 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

AH, I totally have a grandma freezer!! I love it though. We’re prepared for any food situation. ;)

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laurasmess September 9, 2013 at 2:42 am

Yum yum yum! Perfect for this time of year in Australia (we’re heading towards Spring/Summer). I made a few batches of similar ice pops last year and they were wonderful! Love the photos.

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