Spicy Maple Lemonade Pops

A cool glass of lemonade is something we start craving right around Memorial Day. We like to sweeten ours with maple syrup because there’s no simple-syrup making necessary, and we like the flavor. But to really cool ourselves off we added a pinch of cayenne to the mix, having once heard that eating spicy foods on hot days can cool you off. (We think it has something to do with inducing a sweat.) Sure, you could just pour this mixture over ice, but we went one step further and froze it into uber-refreshing ice pops you can enjoy all summer long.

Spicy Maple Lemonade Pops
Photo: Jennifer Causey


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 ¼ cups lemon juice

  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 10 - 20 fresh red chiles such as Thai bird or Serrano


  1. Whisk water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne, if using, until syrup dissolves. Divide chiles among ten 3-oz ice pop molds and top with lemon mixture.

  2. Insert sticks and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 1 week. To unmold, dip molds in cold water to soften very slightly and remove pops. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and keep in the freezer until just before serving.

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