Iced Tea Popsicles

These iced tea popsicles are slightly sweet, infused with lemon, and unthinkably easy to make. In fact, we've taken to making them year-round.

Iced Tea Popsicles Recipe

These iced tea popsicles are cold-brewed iced tea as you’ve never quite experienced it before. We’ve actually taken to making them year-round. This recipe has been updated. Originally published July 24, 2013.Renee Schettler Rossi

How To Choose The Right Popsicle Molds

Lots and lots of various different molds for popsicles have been turning up lately. Lots. The flat kind. The cylindrical kind. The rocket-shaped kind. The skinny light sabers kind. And if you’re as overwhelmed as us by deciding which one, we have some advice. It doesn’t matter what shape you use. These iced tea popsicles are going to taste phenomenal any which way. We gotta admit, we’ve even just poured the liquid into a paper cup, inserted a stick after an hour or so, and called it a day. Is that so wrong? Will our children need therapy?!

Special Equipment: Popsicle molds & sticks (or substitute paper cups and popsicle sticks)

Iced Tea Popsicles Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • Makes 8


  • 1/2 ounce loose-leaf tea (yes, you’re allowed to tear tea bags open)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar, or to taste


  • 1. Place the tea and cold water in a bowl and let steep overnight.
  • 2. The next day, strain the tea, discarding the solids. Stir in the lemon juice and sugar until dissolved. Taste and adjust with a bit more of either or both lemon and sugar to suit your tastes, bearing in mind that both flavors will be less apparent when frozen. Pour the tea into your popsicle molds (or paper cups) and freeze for 1 hour.
  • 3. After 1 hour, push the popsicle sticks into the molds (or paper cups). The popsicles should be just frozen enough to support the sticks so they remain upright and are half in and half out of the molds. Pop the popsicle molds back in the freezer until frozen solid, at least overnight.
  • 4. To release the popsicles from the molds, run the molds under warm water for just the briefest of moments.

Arnold Palmer Popsicles

  • Reader Sherry Watkins suggested an Arnold Palmer variation of these iced tea popsicles would be divine. We’re not going to argue. You may want to add slightly less sugar, depending on your sweet tooth. [Editor’s Note: An Arnold Palmer, for those not familiar with the summer sipper named for the late and great American golf icon, is a concoction that’s half iced tea and half lemonade.)
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