Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

As the days heat up, I am searching for new cooling treats like iced teas, gazpachos (cold soups), and frozen treats. I’ve been especially excited about one frozen treat in particular: herbal popsicles. These yummy goodies are easy to make at home and while they are delicious for adults, they also are a fun way to entice children into the world of herbalism.

Admittedly, when I decided to create an herbal popsicle recipe I immediately became overwhelmed with the options, as there are endless possible fruit and herb combinations.

In the end I decided I wanted a classic lemonade popsicle for a hot summer’s day, combined with the relaxing flavor of lavender. I took my first batch of lavender lemonade popsicles over to a friend’s house and the whole family loved them. Just be sure, I made another batch and took them to yet another family, and they enthusiastically loved them as well.

I am excited to share my new lavender lemonade popsicles recipe with you, but before we get to it, let’s take a closer look at our ingredients…

Lavender

Lavender

Loved for many centuries, lavender is still a favorite plant among herbalists and non-herbalists alike. Many people are familiar with lavender’s calming scent, as it is heavily used in bath salts and dream pillows; however, herbalists also use lavender internally (as teas, food or alcohol extract) to gently promote relaxation as well as digestion.

You can use dried or fresh lavender in this recipe. I specifically recommend using Lavandula angustifolia, or any other true lavender with a flavor that you enjoy.

Lavender can easily become unpleasantly bitter or too “perfumey” when taken in teas and food. This recipe infuses just the right amount of lavender into coconut milk, which gives the popsicles a hint of its delicious taste and scent.

Lemons

Lemons

When it’s hot out, lemonade becomes many people’s go-to drink, as the tartness of the lemons helps to quench thirst on a hot summer’s day. Traditional Chinese Medicine classifies lemons as cooling as well as enlivening to the digestive system.

In addition to the juice, this recipe uses the zest of the lemons which contains an abundance of healthy phytonutrients. Since we are using the outer peel, or zest, I recommend using organic lemons only.

Honey

Honey

My family uses honey for practically all of our sweet desires. I love that it’s an entirely local product with many health benefits. In this recipe I instruct you to heat the coconut milk, then remove it from heat before adding the honey. While it is often mistakenly repeated that honey is toxic when heated (it’s not), honey can lose some of its beneficial enzymes when heated for a prolonged period of time.

To enjoy the most benefits from your honey, I recommend purchasing it from a local bee keeper. Not only will you be getting a product superior to what is commonly found in stores, but our local bee keepers often are on the front lines advocating for the bees.

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Hints of sweet lavender cream with a tart lemony twist give this popsicle a heavenly taste that both kids and adults will love. To make these you’ll need some type of popsicle mold. This can be something fancy or it can simply be a small paper cup with some popsicle sticks.

If you don’t plan to have these lavender lemonade popsicles right away, after they are completely frozen, remove from the molds and store in an airtight freezer bag (this helps prevent freezer burn).

What you’ll need…

  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh lavender flowers (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1/3 cup honey (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from an organic lemon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Gently heat the coconut milk and salt until it comes to a full simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in the lavender flowers. Cover and steep for 5 minutes.

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Strain off the flowers.

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

While it is still somewhat warm, add the honey, stirring until it is thoroughly combined.

Cool the mixture in the fridge. (I put mine in a large glass measuring cup with a pouring spout.)

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Once cooled, stir in the lemon zest and juice.

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

Pour into popsicle molds (or paper cups). I was lucky to get some help from my honorary nieces.

Place the filled molds in the freezer. (If using paper cups, put the popsicle sticks in 30 to 60 minutes after putting them in the freezer. This way the sticks will stand upright.)

Freeze completely, roughly 4-6 hours.

To remove the popsicles from the molds, run them under warm water briefly, before gently pulling them out of the molds.

Yield: Makes 7 (2-ounce) popsicles

Lavender Lemonade Popsicles

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26 comments
  1. Sounds fab! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Oh you beauty, what a lovely idea these are all the ingredients I enjoy xxx?xxx

  3. Great idea, Rosalee! I will definitely make these with my grandchildren in Brittany this summer. Just a quick question. Have you tried them with almond milk? Easier to find where we will be. I will give it a try and was just wondering if you had experience . Thanks again.

    • Just a thought, as the recipe calls for coconut milk in a can (full fat) compared to the thin coconut milk for drinking, almond milk might be too watery?

      • Claudia, I too wondered about using coconut milk ( that which you buy for drinking). Is this a possible substitute?

    • Look in the Mexican aisle or the liquor dept for cans of coconut milk (it what is used to make Pina coladas)

  4. Thanks for sharing! I think it’ll be a familly favourite this summer.
    Eugenia

  5. Giving it a try as I type! The fresh lavender in the coconut milk is beautiful!

  6. yum yum yum…. i am making them immediately !!!!

  7. sound sooo yumy!Thank toy

  8. Wonderful recipe! Just wondered where I might find lavender – and doesit matter if it’s organic?

    • Heidi there is a link in the recipe but she usually recommends Mountain Rose Herbs.

  9. We made them this afternoon, and just tried them. Amazing! Thank you!

  10. LOVE making herbal popsicles. These look super fun and yummy!
    Have made lavender lemon balm popsicles; also love hibiscus flowers and lemon verbena too.
    YUMMY!!

    • There is no reason you couldn’t add lemon balm or lemon verbena along with the lavender to make them this way.

  11. Yummy and easy recipe, thanks for sharing, on my to-do list this weekend :-)

  12. We Keep Bees! Always looking for a recipe with Honey in it! This one looks delicious!
    Thanks for sharing. Glad I discover you!

  13. Looks delicious–I can’t wait to try it! Sumac is beginning to fruit near me. I have been harvesting the berries and soaking them overnight in cold water for a lovely lemonade-like drink, sweetened to taste with honey. I pour it into Popsicle molds and my kids love it.

  14. oh! thank you, sounds sooo good…i’m meltingg…

  15. This looks amazing… how would it be with orange instead of lemon…. Reminds me of the old fashion creamsicle…

  16. We made these this morning and added some pureed mango. (Mainly because we didn’t have enough lemon.) They were a big hit! You can really taste that hint of lavender which was lovely. We will definitely make these again! Thanks for sharing!

  17. These are really good!!!

  18. We made these today and they are delicious! I only had small cans of coconut cream (not coconut milk) and they worked fine. If you go this route, use 3 of the 5 oz cans of cream to approximate 1 13 oz can of coconut milk. My popsicle molds are small – I made 8 and had some leftover mixture. My kids really enjoyed drinking the chilled mixture AND eating the frozen treats!

  19. We made these and WOW! they are so good cannot keep them in the freezer, they are always gone the next morning… in fact we are making more this evening, perfect for our Georgia weather..

  20. Everything about this recipe is wonderful. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

  21. Definitely a must…Thanks for sharing this creative idea with dried or fresh lavender. Love it !!!

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