Limbers de Limón - Just like my Grandma's
Limbers are the Puerto Rican version of popsicles. These homemade treats can be made from all sorts of different fruits but they all have the wonderful result of quenching thirst on a hot summer day. Here, we bring you a recipe for one of the most popular flavors: lemon. It's super easy and you will not get enough!
2 cups of lemon juice (about 9 lemons squeezed)
2 cups of sugar
4 cups water
2 tbs lime juice
¼ tsp salt
This recipe is super simple. We are going to start by cutting the lemons, since we are using fresh lemons to get the juice. You could alternatively use store bought lemon juice but I highly recommend using fresh lemons. Cut the lemons in half and set aside as you continue cutting.
After your lemons are cut, we are going to squeeze the lemons.
I am using a hand held squeezer but you can use an electric one if you have one or just your hands if you don’t have either. Continue squeezing until you get 2 cups of lemon juice, I used 9 lemons.
Once your lemons are squeezed, add the sugar,salt, lime juice, and water to the lemon juice and stir to combine. Continue stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
You can try out the mix at this time if you want and adjust to your own taste. Then, once the sugar is all dissolved, remove any seeds that may have fallen into the mix, they will usually come up to the top so it is pretty easy to remove them.
With the mixture ready, we are now ready to make the limbers by filling up the cups. Line up plastic cups, here I am using 5 ounce cups but you can use 7 ounce or even 9 ounce cups. This is the beauty of making limber, you can make it with whatever you have at home, no need to buy any special popsicle equipment. Then, evenly distribute the mixture through the cups. Fill up the cup almost to the top, leaving about ½ inch free. Fill up as many cups as you can, this recipe will yield enough for about 15 limbers of the 5 ounce cup size but the exact amount will depend on what cup size you are using.
Once the cups are filled, all you have to do is put them in the freezer. I put all my cups inside a container to minimize the possibility of disaster since I have a bottom freezer but it is not necessary, you can just put them straight into the freezer. Wait until they are completely frozen, which usually will take about 8 hours. Once they are frozen, remove them from the freezer and dig in! You can keep them in the freezer for up to one month, but I doubt they will last that long.
Check out our instructional video, showing how to make this recipe step-by-step HERE.