These watermelon lime popsicles are so flavorful and refreshing! The natural sweetness from the fresh watermelon juice, combined with the orange simple syrup and fresh lime juice make a treat kids and grown ups alike will love.
As part one of my One Watermelon, Three Recipes series (parts two and three to follow soon!), let’s get into how to make the watermelon juice. The temperatures are going up and it’s now watermelon season, at least here in Arizona. I like to use seedless watermelons because, although they aren’t truly seedless, they don’t have the bigger seeds. But any watermelon will do. A five pound watermelon will yield a little over a gallon (8 – 10 cups) of delicious juice.
How to Make Watermelon Juice:
Cut the ends off of the watermelon to give yourself a flat, safe surface to work with (less chance of your knife slipping!). Set the watermelon on a large cutting board on one of its flat surfaces, then use your sharp knife to cut the rind off from top to bottom, turning the melon and continuing to cut the rind until it’s all off. The same technique works for any type of melon. Now it will be easy to make big slices of watermelon! From the slices, cut large chunks that will fit in your blender.
Working in batches, blend the watermelon chunks and then strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Now you have beautiful, bright red watermelon juice! The watermelon juice will keep for a few days in the refrigerator. It does have the tendency to separate, so make sure you stir it well before using in a recipe or drinking. You will have plenty of juice to make lots of these popsicles, in addition to Watermelon Granita, and Watermelon Margaritas (which happen to be recipes two and three!).
For the popsicles, mix some of your watermelon juice with orange simple syrup and fresh lime juice. The reason I use the orange simple syrup is not only to add subtle orange flavor and sweetness, but also because the syrup will immediately dissolve into the watermelon juice, unlike granulated sugar. And then the lime juice adds some nice brightness and tartness to the pops!
I love using these popsicle molds that have the stick built into the holder. You don’t have to worry about the popsicle stick falling to one side or another, or pulling out completely as you are trying to unmold your tasty treat (heart breaking!).
These watermelon pops are definitely kid approved in our house, and as a bonus, since they are made from mostly juice, they are pretty healthy too. Make a batch today!
- 3 cups fresh watermelon juice
- ½ cup orange simple syrup
- ¼ cup lime juice
- Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher.
- Pour into your popsicle molds and insert the sticks or holders.
- Freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.
- To eat, run the mold under warm water until you can easily remove the popsicle. Enjoy your icy, fruity treat!