Rainbow Ice Cubes

Turn a lemon-lime soda into a fun and colorful drink with these easy-to-make colorful ice cubes. Transform your drink into a rainbow party in a glass with rainbow ice cubes.

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Colorful Ice Cubes for Drinks

Fun drinks are always a fan favorite around our house. The kids love it when I concoct something weird and yummy in the kitchen. Like a Shark Attack Drink, Love Potion Ice Cream Float, or a Vampire Drink for Halloween

This rainbow ice cube idea came about around St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day Drinks are a fun way to celebrate Irish Heritage and welcome spring simultaneously. This colorful ice cube idea for your drink is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, Summer drinks, rainbow parties, or spring parties.  

When I first tried this idea, I melted Popsicles and froze each color, one by one, in an ice cube tray. They were so easy to make, and the drink was so fun to look at. I had no idea the Popsicle would start oozing into the Sprite and create this cool effect. Then, the Sprite blushed pink, ending with an Ombre of gradual pink to dark purple.

What You’ll Love about this Idea

  • it’s so easy to make, and the kids can easily help you create these fun, colorful ice cubes
  • These are a great way to add a party to any drink, but especially at your rainbow-themed party, or on St. Patrick’s Day

Here’s What You’ll Need for this fun drink


ingredients for rainbow ice cubes

(for one ice cube tray)

  • One double popsicle (twin pops) or Freezer Ice Pops – you’ll need one to two for each color – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple

I found a box of double popsicles at Walmart that had every color of the rainbow (well, except indigo…where do you find that?)


making rainbow ice cubes

Ice cube tray

measuring spoons (optional, but recommended)


For Serving this Colorful Ice Cube You’ll Need

  • Lemon-lime soda – there are approximately 10 (8 oz.) servings in a 2 liter bottle of soda

How to Make Colorful Ice Cubes

Place popsicles into individual bowls to melt

Once the popsicles have melted – Starting with purple, place one teaspoon of melted popsicle into the bottom of the ice tray.

Freeze the purple for about 30 minutes.

Pull the frozen purple out, and quickly add the next color so the ice cube does not start melting – which will be Blue and freeze the two colors.

Repeat with the melted Green popsicle, the melted Orange popsicle,  and finally the melted Red popsicle

To Make the Drinks:

  • Just grab some lemon-lime clear soda and pour some into a clear cup.
  • Add one ice cube per drink. You can add more than one if you want
  • The color turns pretty fast, so make sure the guests are ready for their drinks so they can see the fun color changes.
  • Plop an ice cube into your soda and watch the colors melt into the drink.
rainbow ice cubes

Expert Tips

You can pour the melted popsicles directly from a freezer pop, but you’ll run the risk of the pressure lifting your ice cube, and the melted popsicle will leak underneath, messing up your lines. This is why I recommend carefully using something like a tablespoon to pour a color onto the middle of the ice cube so it does not leak down the sides and underneath.


This year, I got lazy and Googled a four-color rainbow. I didn’t want to wait for six colors to freeze, so I went with Red, Orange, Green, and Blue. To me, it still looks like a rainbow, so there you have it – my lazy rainbow idea to pass on to you


How many servings are in a 2-liter bottle of soda?

There is approximately 10 (8 oz.) servings in a 2-liter bottle of soda

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Serving Size

This recipe should make 12 regular-sized ice cubes

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    Rainbow Ice Cubes

    Turning an everyday drink into a party with rainbow colorful ice cubes
    5 from 1 vote
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    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    freezing: 3 hours
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 136cal
    Author: Melissa Haines
    Cost: $5


    • ice cube tray
    • measuring spoons
    • freezer


    • 1 twin pop purple (substitute 2 freezer pops for each 1 twin pop)
    • 1 twin pop blue
    • 1 twin pop green
    • 1 twin pop yellow
    • 1 twin pop orange
    • 1 twin pop red
    • 4 liters lemon-lime soda


    • Melt the twin pops in individual bowls
    • Using a teaspoon, measure out 1 teaspoon of purple into each ice cube mold
    • Freeze for 30 minutes
    • Repeat with each additional color of popsicle going in order of the recipe
    • Serve ice cubes in glasses of lemon-lime soda


    nutrition facts are only an estimate 
    4 Color Rainbow
    Use blue, green, orange, red – in that order 


    Calories: 136cal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 0.3g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 34g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg

    ~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

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