Jack’s and Sammie’s favorite summertime drink is pink lemonade. So, when I saw these pops, I knew that they would love them. Especially on a day like today, where here in Chicago, we got to enjoy a high of 99 degrees. Ugh. Crazy hot. So, we decided to stay inside and have a Disney movie marathon, complete with snacks and refreshments, including these delicious pops.
Luckily, this time, I was able to obtain both lemon zest and lemon juice without any injury. I then blended the juice and zest with the sugar to make the lemonade concentrate. I diluted the lemon mixture with water and then added a few strawberries for flavor and for color. While the recipe doesn’t say to strain the liquid, I ran it through a sieve, knowing Jack and Sammie would not like the seeds. Although the Vitamix takes care of most of the seeds, it’s better to be safe than sorry. In other words, heading off any complaints of “Yuck. I hate seeds.” After waiting 4 hours for your pops to freeze, just one taste and you will fall in love the lemon pucker and unexpected hint of strawberry flavor. Jack and Sammie loved the pops. They each gave them a sky high thumbs up, the highest rating at our house.
Pink lemonade popsicles
Yield: 9 to 11 pops (I got 8)
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup (4fl oz/125 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
1/2 cup (3.5 oz/105 grams) plus 2 Tbsp superfine sugar
2 fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled
pinch of salt
In a blender or food processor, combine the lemon zest and juice and sugar. Pour in 1 3/4 cups (14oz/430mL) of water. Add the strawberries and salt and blend until the mixture is smooth and pink. I strained the mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds and removed the froth from the top with a spoon.
If using conventional ice pop molds, divide the mixture among the molds. Cover and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours and up to 3 days. If using sticks, insert them into the molds when they are part frozen, about 1 hour. Then continue to freeze until solid, about 3 more hours.
If using an instant ice pop maker (Zoku), follow the instructions to fill and freeze.