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Homemade Popsicle and Fruit Ice Cube Recipes for Summer

When the mercury starts to rise, there are a million and one ways to keep cool. Here are five super easy, super healthy ways to make cool treats for yourself and your family this summer.

Orange Zest & Honey ice cubes

You can put pretty much anything into an ice cube, but we picked a special few recipes to share with you including this orange zest and honey one.


  • ½ orange (zested)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Water

Mix the three ingredients together well until the honey has dissolved and freeze in your ice cube tray of choice. These are the perfect accompaniment to brighten up your daily water intake or pop into a nice glass of iced tea.

Nasturtium and Lemon ice cubes

If you fancy yourself a bit of gardener, then this is the perfect treat for your summer refreshments.


  • Nasturtium blossoms (or any edible flower will do)
  • Lemon juice
  • Water

Pop a blossom into each compartment on your ice cube tray, drop in a couple drops of lemon juice and fill with water.

These arrangements are not only refreshing but a beautiful touch to add to your next backyard party.

Berry & Lemon Squash Popsicles

These refreshing treats are sure to be a favourite amongst kids and adults alike! Using summer berries from the garden (or grab what’s in season at the farmer’s market) with the tang of lemon squash embodying that summer feeling.


  • Lemon squash
  • Water
  • Summer berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are great)

Mix recommended amount of lemon squash with a litre of water in a large jug and combine well. Add your chosen berries and sliced strawberries to your popsicle moulds (a few in each) and fill the remaining space with the lemon squash mix. Add a stick, freeze and enjoy!

Rainbow Fruit Popsicles

It’s a proven fact* that the more colourful your food, the more fun it is to eat. Give these rainbow fruit popsicles a try this summer!


  • Blueberries
  • Red grapes
  • Strawberries or raspberries
  • Sliced peaches
  • Green grapes
  • Lemon squash

Prep your fruit ensuring anything too big is finely sliced (grapes can be halved as long as they still fit in your mould. Place your fruit into the moulds using the above listed order, starting with blueberries and ending with green grapes. Pack your moulds tightly to ensure there isn’t too much shift when the liquid is added.

Mix up your lemon squash according to the directions on the package, and fill the remaining space in each mould with the liquid.

Don’t forget your stick!

*Not based on scientific evidence.

Aussie Summer Fruit Icy Poles

We couldn’t get away without offering a recipe that uses some of Australia’s best summer produce.


  • Summer fruits (mango, passionfruit, pineapple)
  • Lemon juice
  • Water

Slice up a selection of your favourite fresh, local in season summer produce and pop a few bits into each mould. Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and fill with water. Add a stick, freeze and wait for summer in an icy pole.