FREEZE! 15 Cocktail Iced-Lolly Recipes To Make This Summer

Turn your picnic into a p*ss up

The weather is turning for the better and a day-drinking sesh in the park is on the cards. Prep yourself a batch of homemade ice lollies and you'll keep your cool til the sun dips. You’ll need a mould but they’re not hard to come by. Want our advice? Don’t be too heavy-handed with the alcohol or they won’t freeze. And save a bit of that boozy mix, 'cos that 12 hours freezing time ain’t gonna drink itself.

Gin & Tonic

These classic ‘n fresh lollies will quench your thirst and cool you down…

Serves 10

  • 700ml tonic
  • 45ml gin
  • ¼ lime, juiced
  • A few slices of cucumber

Mix together the tonic, gin and lime juice then pour into your moulds over the cucumber slices. Easy!  

Aperitivo

Traditionally, aperitivo is an Italian word for a pre-meal drink meant to stimulate your appetite, but we get ours going with an iced boozy snack.

Serves 4

  • 100ml cloudy lemonade
  • 15ml Campari
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 25ml water
  • Orange zest

Stir all the ingredients together then pour over the orange zest into the moulds. Get them in the freezer and wait for aperitivo hour…  

Margarita

Margarita lollies aka. a party in a popsicle...

Serves 4

  • 150g sugar
  • 175ml fresh lime juice
  • 120ml water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp tequila
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier

Mix together the sugar, and juices and stir over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and leave to cool then blend together with the tequila and Grand Marnier until smooth. Pour into the mould and wait…. Once frozen, you can garnish with salt if that’s your flex.

Bellini

Probably not how they’d do it in Harry’s Bar but we love these bad boys anyway...

Serves 10

  • 440ml prosecco
  • 150ml sugar syrup
  • 150ml lemon juice
  • 2 large peaches
  • 3 dashes peach bitters

Chop the peaches and blend them until smooth before straining through a mesh sieve. Take 8 tbsp of the puree and mix together with the lemon juice, prosecco, syrup and bitters then add the prosecco - carefully though because it’ll fizz like a motherf*cker. If you wanna sex it up a bit, chuck in some edible flowers like violets because it’s summer and we like it. Pour the mix into moulds and freeze them up.  

Espresso Martini

This bad boy will wake you up, f*ck you up and cool you down.

Serves 6

  • 3 tbsp fine sugar
  • 125ml espresso
  • 2 tbsp vodka
  • 4 tbsp water

Dissolve the sugar in the water over the heat and bring to the boil. Take from the heat and pour into a cocktail shaker. Add the cooled down espresso and vodka and shake well. Once it’s a decent temperature pour into moulds and impatiently wait…  

Dark ‘N Stormy

This cocktail is a Bermudan classic which makes it perfect for sunny days when you need to be chilling and boozing…

Serves 4

  • 15ml rum
  • 10ml lime juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • 80ml ginger beer

Another simple one; just stir all the ingredients together and pour into moulds! Get stem ginger in the moulds too if you wanna sex it up.

Mojito

Refreshing, boozy, minty goodness. Who said we could only have one?

Serves 8

  • 500ml water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • A handful of mint
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 25ml rum

Cut eight thin slices of lime then juice the rest. Add it to the water and sugar and then heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep eight mint leaves spare but steep the rest in the mix for 10 minutes. Get a piece of lime and a mint leaf into each lolly mould, mix the rum into your sugar water and pour into the moulds. 

Pimm’s

The sun’s only gotta be out for 10 minutes before the supermarkets sell out of Pimm’s, use yours to make this perfect summer’s day lolly.

Serves 6

  • 50g icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp Pimm’s
  • 250ml ginger beer/lemonade
  • 150g sliced strawberries
  • 50g sliced apples
  • 18 mint leaves

Boil the sugar and water until the dissolved then remove from the heat. Add the Pimm’s, ginger beer/lemonade and leave to cool. Divide the strawberries, apples and mint leaves between the moulds and pour in the mixture.

Bloody Mary

Lollies and Bloody Marys are two of the best hangover cures so kill two birds/headaches with one stone.

Serves 4

  • 110g tomatoes
  • 1 celery stalk
  • ½ lemon
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 120ml vodka
  • Pinch of salt

Blend all the ingredients except the vodka into a puree then strain through a sieve. Add the vodka and blend for another 30 seconds. Pour the mix into the popsicles and either wait ‘til you’re hanging like a fruit bat or freshen up with this savoury lolly fix.

Blood Orange Negroni

Because lollies can be trendy too…

Serves 10

  • 110g caster sugar
  • 235ml water
  • 50ml gin
  • 50ml Campari
  • 50ml dry vermouth
  • 300ml blood orange juice

Dissolve the sugar in the water over heat then remove and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and get them in the freezer for a sweaty day.

Spiked Flat White

Mr Black has created a recipe for a boozy flat white ice pop which will give ya the boost you need after a heatwave induced sleepless night. Bonus, they’re super easy to make.

This recipe serves 1 so multiply according to how many moulds you have

  • 1 part Mr Black
  • 4 parts Oat Milk
  • 0.5 part Sugar Syrup

Combine in a large container, stir, pour into moulds and freeze overnight. Done!  

Paloma

Tequila + grapefruit = the best damn lolly you’ve ever had.

Serves 10

  • 110g granulated sugar
  • 120ml water
  • 590ml grapefruit juice
  • 120ml lime juice
  • 70ml tequila
  • Pinch of salt

Dissolve the sugar with the water and leave aside to cool. In a jug, mix together the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila and salt then add the sugar water and stir. Pour into moulds and freeze.

Mint Julep

Because they’re not just for the Kentucky Derby, these icy goodies will keep you chilled any hot day.

Serves 10

  • 600ml water
  • 220g demerara sugar
  • A handful of mint
  • 18ml bourbon

Heat the sugar and water until dissolved then remove from the heat and add the mint. Muddle the mint and then allow to cool. Strain through a sieve before adding the bourbon and stirring. Pour them into moulds and get set.

Pina Colada

Go tiki with your pops and take this lolly party to the beach!

Serves 6

  • 660g fresh chopped pineapple
  • 70ml coconut milk
  • 120ml water
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 70ml light rum

Blend all the ingredients into a puree then strain through a fine sieve. Pour them into moulds and freeze. Simple, boozy iciness.

French 75

Probably the classiest popsicle you’ll ever have.

Serves 6

  • 360ml Champagne (or Prosecco. We won't judge)
  • 120ml gin
  • 120ml sugar syrup
  • 90ml lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients (mind the fizz!!!) then pour into moulds. Now you’ve just gotta wait for these posh pops to freeze… 

 

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