At long last summer is here! Please don't let it have only been for one solitary day and by the time I publish this post it has reverted to winter again. The mercury has been rising across the UK with temperatures in the 30's. Definitely 'Taps Aff' weather as we say here in Scotland. What better to cool you down in the scorchio heat than an ice lolly? Even better if it's a boozy one! The 'recipe' I'm posting today seems like a wee bit of a fraud. I'm sure there are literally hundreds of version of it already on the internet but when I shared it on my Facebook Page everyone seemed to go crazy for it. Summer = Pimm's. Lets go one step further with Pimm's o'clock Ice Lollies! (or Pimm's Popsicles if you are across the pond)
I actually made these a couple of weeks ago as a icy treat for Wimbledon. Alas the sun didn't really come out to play but I did manage to eat one whilst watching Andy Murray lift the trophy at SW19. I wasn't too sure how the boozy element would work and if I'd end up with a slush rather than a lolly but by pure luck rather than good judgement I seem to have hit on a winning ratio. Make sure you fill your lolly molds up with plenty of cucumber, strawberries and mint as if you only use a few pieces they will all float to the top (which then becomes the bottom!) The more fruit and veg you use the more legitimately you can say that these icy lollies count as one of your 5 a day. I used the mini cucumbers which are just so cute (I get mine in Lidl) but you could use regular slices of cucumber and quarter them. Say cheers and stay cool!
Pimm's O'Clock Ice Lollies
makes 8 large lollies
Punnet Strawberries, chopped into quarters
2 Mini Cucumbers, sliced
Fresh Mint Leaves
- Mix together the Pimm's and Lemonade in a Jug, best to have a wee taste just to check that its OK ;-)
- Fill up your lolly molds with the chopped strawberries, cucumber slices and mint leaves.
- Pour over the Pimm's mixture and insert wooden lolly sticks/lids.
- Leave to freeze overnight.
- Pray for sunshine.
- Lick and Enjoy!
For more boozy icy treats check out The Hedgecombers Frozen Dark Rum Mojito Cocktail Lolly. Grown up Shandy Lollies from Kavey Eats and a Beer Slushy from Pete Drinks.
This could get dangerous!