Finally Summer in England has arrived! This week, parts of the UK are said to have been hotter than Mexico - and even Turkey. If you’re like us, you may be feeling a bit burnt from overindulging in the sun, and perhaps a bit full from enjoying one too many BBQs with friends. One way we love to cool down in this heat is to enjoy a ice lolly - one preferably with a bit of alcoholic in it. We thought we’d take advantage of this lovely weather and share with you three easy-to-make ice lollies that’ll make Fabs and Twisters a thing of the past…
Bring a sense of the beautiful English summer to your ice lolly with the ‘Flower Garden’. It’s made with a selection of edible flowers, including roses and marigolds, which look incredibly beautiful when they are suspended underneath the ice. They make the perfect choice for picnics in the park and those spontaneous summer garden parties.
120g Granulated sugar
240ml of Champagne (use flat Champagne as it works much better)!
1tbsp of lemon juice
½ tablespoons blossom or rose water
Handful of edible flowers or petals
Simply put the sugar and 480ml of water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves, take off the heat, then add the champagne - don’t drink it in the process though - and then add in the lemon juice and rose water. Place your edible flowers into ice lolly moulds but don’t fill them to the top, then let them freeze overnight. Perfect and delicious…
Pimms Ice Lollies
Who doesn’t love a glass of refreshing Pimm’s on a hot sunny day? Well, we’ve got good news for you, not only do they make the ultimate drink - but they also make a great ice lolly for us grown ups!
What you’ll need:
10 mint leaves
100g Golden Caster Sugar
20 thin slice of cucumbers which are cut in quarters
A quick and easy recipe - add the strawberries and mint leaves in a blender until it has gone smooth and use a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds. Then add your Pimm’s, lemonade and sugar until this has been dissolved. Add the cucumber pieces into a lolly mould and top with the smooth strawberry mixture. Leave for 30 - 45 minutes and then add a lolly stick in for up to four hours until they are completely frozen; then it’s Pimm’s away!
Chocolate ice lolly
If you don’t fancy an alcoholic cocktail, we’ve got you covered in the form of a simple yet luxurious, chocolate ice lolly, perfect for those with a sweet tooth…
What you’ll need…
500ml whole milk
250ml double cream
150g good-quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
65-75g granulated sugar (depending on the sweetness of your chocolate)
2 tsp vanilla extract
Pour the milk and cream into a pan and bring it to a simmer, then remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate and sugar, mixing it until it’s blended. Add the vanilla and leave the mixture to cool. The longer you leave it, the smoother and creamier your ice lolly will be. If you fancy going all out, simply add some chocolate sauce over it before freezing for that extra bit of taste - amazing!