DIY refreshing summer popsicles

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summer popsicle idea | photo by Apryl Ann | 100 Layer Cake

This yummy little DIY could not have come at a better time. It’s been Hot with a capital H this week in L.A.—and apparently in Texas too, where this Apryl Ann Photography and Cakewalk Bake Shop tutorial comes to us from. But on the plus side, rising temps are a great excuse to make refreshing treats for friends and family—and nothing fits the bill better than an icy-cold popsicle, the ultimate throwback summer treat. Read on for all the deets on how to make these grownup ice pops, flavored with green tea and fresh herbs. They’re every bit as refreshing as anything you ever pulled out of your grandma’s freezer, but a whole lot prettier too…

summer popsicle idea | photo by Apryl Ann | 100 Layer Cake

– 2 to 3 cups lemonade
– 2 to 3 cups green tea, room temperature
– 1 cup simple syrup (to make your own simple syrup, mix one part sugar with one part water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil and let cool.)
– a handful of fresh mint
– fresh edible flowers (as many as you like; available at specialty grocers)
– pop molds (this mold was purchased on Amazon for under $20)
– Popsicle sticks

summer popsicle idea | photo by Apryl Ann | 100 Layer Cake

Step 1: Mix equal amounts green tea and lemonade into a spouted vessel (for easy pouring). Add a splash (to taste) of simple syrup to cut the tartness of the lemonade. Mix it up well!

summer popsicle idea | photo by Apryl Ann | 100 Layer Cake

Step 2: Pour the tea-lemonade mix into the pop molds, only filling to about 1/3. You must freeze the pops in phases, otherwise the fun stuff (flowers and mint) will all float to the top of the mold, leaving you with a mostly solid-looking pop.

summer popsicle idea | photo by Apryl Ann | 100 Layer Cake

Step 3: Carefully place a few flowers and mint leaves into the pop mold, dunking them into the tea-lemonade liquid. You may choose to use a fork or butter knife for this, or just go all in with your fingers.

summer popsicle idea | photo by Apryl Ann | 100 Layer Cake

Step 4: Freeze each layer for at least two hours so that the layer is completely set before you add the next, otherwise your carefully preserved flowers will float on up to join their friends in the next layer. Only partially freeze the second (middle) layer for 30 minutes to an hour so that you can place the Popsicle stick in. You are looking for an almost slushy-like texture with enough thickness to hold the stick in place. Insert the stick and pop it back into the freezer to continue to freeze solid before adding the final layer. If adding a sliced lime, this would be the layer to do so. For each layer, repeat steps 3 and 4. Let the entire pop freeze for at least 6 hours before sharing with friends.

summer popsicle idea | photo by Apryl Ann | 100 Layer Cake

Step 5: To remove the pops, let them sit at room temp for a few minutes to loosen up, then gingerly wiggle them free.

summer popsicle idea | photo by Apryl Ann | 100 Layer Cake

Fun Variations:
– Make adult-only pops by adding sweet tea vodka
– Add almonds for crunch.
– Use pink lemonade to add some extra color.

Yum! These would be the perfect refreshing treat for a summer bridal shower, don’t you think?

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Kurabiye Tarifleri on Jul 2, 2013

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Meg on Jul 2, 2013

These sound and LOOK amazing!

Cristina on Jul 2, 2013

These are the prettiest popsicles ever. The edible flowers just look amazing.

Angela on Jul 2, 2013

I'm so going to try it! It will be hard to find edible flowers, but the rest is piece of cake! Thanks for sharing! I'm pinning this for later! :-)

Gee | EverythingWeddingsAndMore on Jul 2, 2013

So colorful and looks Yummy!!

Mia on Jul 2, 2013

If you add vodka it won't freeze, will it?

Emily on Jul 3, 2013

This was such a fun project and Apryl Ann captured it beautifully, as always! Thank you so much for sharing, 100LC! Love love love your blog! Per Angela's q -- you can actually find edible flowers with other boxed/fresh herbs in finer grocer stores. Not sure where you are located, but in TX I can always find them at the HEB Central Market and sometimes Whole Foods. Vodka does not freeze unless using a specialty freezer or liquid nitrogen, but there are lots of fun creative ways to serve with alcohol - placing each pop in a glass or cup with champagne or vodka is a simple, fun approach. Cheers, y'all!

Kaz on Jul 3, 2013

Oh my this looks amazing :) my mouth watered when I saw it :)

Joe on Jul 4, 2013

This is what I really call an original Popsicle for summer, I would make a dozen and eat them all!

Spencer on Jul 4, 2013

How cool! Literally, I would imagine. Looks like a delicious sweet treat! They should have made them as part of their bombonieres.

Sami Jo on Jul 7, 2013

Yum, yum! These are so pretty, too! Thanks for sharing :)

Phebe on Jul 29, 2013

OMG, Seriously how pretty are these pops! My girlfriends and I need to make some of these stat! Thanks for the inspiration. XOXO, Phebe

Mary Lise Parsons on Aug 2, 2013

What a gorgeous and creative summer treat! They are too pretty to eat!

Monica Salazar on Aug 2, 2013

Great idea for this hot summer time! Thanks for sharing :)

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Andrea on Jul 31, 2015

These are perfect for summer! Had to include them on my blog post:

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