Last August I shared a recipe here on Crumbs for what is probably my favorite homemade popsicle of all time – Homemade Coconut Cream Popsicles.
Well, it’s not August yet, but summer is off to a steamy start here in Texas and we’re grilling fajitas, filling up on seasonal fruit salad, and crankin’ out new popsicle flavors left and right. (Truth be told, we’ve done our fair share of cookie baking too!)
Sonic Cherry Limeades were a staple during my teenage years.
I have warm, fuzzy memories of driving around with other carefree 16 year olds sipping on our hypercolored Route 44 drinks. But now I can’t help but cringe at the amounts of red dye, corn syrup, and who-knows-what-else I was slurping down without a care.
So, one warm sunny afternoon last month, I made my own Homemade Cherry Limeade from just 4 real food ingredients. It turned out great – similar to the original, but more…real. Sweet, black cherries, fresh lime juice, raw honey, water. Simple as that.
The whole family liked it, so the next logical step was to try freezing it and putting it on a stick.
The result? Even better, if you ask me. And who could object to swirling a little vanilla ice cream into a few of the pops? Not me, that’s for sure!
Turn Your Favorite Drink Into a Popsicle
I even blend fruit juice juice with my homemade immune syrup to make delicious Elderberry Juice Pops to help fight off summer colds. (Did you know that summer colds are often more intense and last longer than winter ones?). I guarantee you’ll have no problems getting your kids to take their “medicine” when it comes in the form of a popsicle!
So, after you’ve tried these Cherry Limeade Popsicles, grab another favorite drink, a set of popsicle molds, and have some fun creating your own frozen treats!
- 1 cup filtered water
- 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (juice from 5 small limes)
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 1 cup frozen pitted sweet cherries (I used organic)
- Vanilla ice cream (optional, for swirl pops)
- Place all ingredients in blender in order listed. Blend on low for 30 seconds, then on high until smooth.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds. For swirl pops, fill only halfway with cherry limeade mixture, then fill remainder with slightly softened vanilla ice cream. The two swirl around a bit, which is all part of the fun.
- Freeze for several hours or overnight.
- To release, run warm water evenly across edges of pop molds until popsicles are just loose enough to slide out.
Additional Recipes Notes
The popsicle recipe is a concentrated version of my Homemade Cherry Limeade. If you want to make fewer popsicles, you can add a little extra water to the concentrate and enjoy a refreshing Cherry Limeade Beverage!
- Limes: 1.00
- Raw honey: 0.33
- Frozen organic cherries (Costco): 1.14
Total cost for 6 Cherry Limeade Popsicles is $2.47 – that’s just $0.41 per popsicle! So blend, pour, freeze, and enjoy!
What was your favorite Sonic drink? Why not make a healthier homemade version and try freezing it in popsicle molds?
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