Friday, 13 July 2018

Three of the best easy and boozy ice lollies for beginners: gin and tonic, mojito, bellini flavours

It’s hot. You’re hot. Everything’s hot and you feel like you’re melting. You need to cool down with a boozy ice lolly (or four, who’s counting?) which are easy to make at home.

Alternatively, for a British Summer: it's cold. You're cold. Everything's cold and it's raining so much it looks like the sky is melting. You need to cheer yourself up with a boozy ice lolly. Or four. Definitely four.

Here’s a selection of our favourite recipes.

All of these tasty treats require sugar syrup. To make your own, simply heat 2 parts sugar in 1 part water until it dissolves, then chill.

Need a lolly mould? Most supermarkets do them, including Sainsbury's lolly moulds for a mere £2.50!

The classic G&T ice lolly recipe

Light and refreshing, these are hard not to love.

  • 15ml of your favourite gin
  • 80ml tonic water
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 10ml lime juice
  • Slices of lime or cucumber
How to make it

Mix all the liquids together, pour into lolly moulds, add a slice of lime or cucumber (depending on your taste) and freeze for six hours.

Add watermelon for a watermelon mojito!
Photo: Wicker Paradise (CCL)
The Mojito popsicle recipe

Minty fresh, boozy goodness. Need we say more?

  • 15ml white rum
  • 20ml lime juice
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • 10ml sugar syrup
How to make it

Mix the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup together. Soak half the mint leaves in the mixture for ten minutes.

Put a piece of mint into each mould, add the mixture, then top with soda water and freeze for six hours.

The Bellini ice lolly recipe

For a sense of occasion, go up market with Champagne, or stay true to the Italian recipe with Prosecco.

  • 25ml peach purée
  • 60ml sparkling wine
  • 10ml sugar syrup
How to make it

Gently mix the ingredients (so as not to lose the fizz in your fizz), pour into lolly moulds and freeze for four – six hours.

Have a lovely weekend - even if the sun doesn't shine. Tell us your brilliant weekend plans in the comments.

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