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.
These classic ‘n fresh lollies will quench your thirst and cool you down…
Mix together the tonic, gin and lime juice then pour into your moulds over the cucumber slices. Easy!
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.
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 lollies aka. a party in a popsicle...
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.
Probably not how they’d do it in Harry’s Bar but we love these bad boys anyway...
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.
This bad boy will wake you up, f*ck you up and cool you down.
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…
This cocktail is a Bermudan classic which makes it perfect for sunny days when you need to be chilling and boozing…
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.
Refreshing, boozy, minty goodness. Who said we could only have one?
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.
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.
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.
Lollies and Bloody Marys are two of the best hangover cures so kill two birds/headaches with one stone.
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.
Because lollies can be trendy too…
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.
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
Combine in a large container, stir, pour into moulds and freeze overnight. Done!
Tequila + grapefruit = the best damn lolly you’ve ever had.
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.
Because they’re not just for the Kentucky Derby, these icy goodies will keep you chilled any hot day.
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.
Go tiki with your pops and take this lolly party to the beach!
Blend all the ingredients into a puree then strain through a fine sieve. Pour them into moulds and freeze. Simple, boozy iciness.
Probably the classiest popsicle you’ll ever have.
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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