Even a nutritionist is allowed the occasional treat ! And in my opinion, ice lollies shouldn't just be for the kids. When the summer heat wave hits - I'm being optimistic here! You won't need to choose between a tipple in hand and something chilly enough to cool you down.
Luckily, you don't have to: whether you're a fan of gin and tonics or favour a crisp and refreshing mojito, you'll be relieved to know that your favourite drink will be just as delicious frozen as it is freshly poured. Find recipes below for some chilly alcoholic ice lolly.
Note: before you start pouring tequila into your freezer, there is one important fact to keep in mind - alcohol does not freeze BUT when mixed with non-alcoholic substances and watered down slightly, so don't be tempted to be heavy handed with the booze, otherwise they won't freeze!
So what are you waiting for? Grab some ice-lolly moulds and get the summer going.
Gin or Vodka & Tonic. A classic drink re-invented for summer, who would say no to a frozen gin and tonic? Use 15ml of your favourite gin or vodka, 90ml tonic, 15ml sugar syrup and add some slices of lemon, lime or cucumber so that it looks extra awesome when it’s frozen. Mix them together, pour into some moulds, let them freeze overnight and enjoy.
Bloody Mary. A breakfast favourite with vodka, tomato juice and various spices.
To make this you will need 15ml vodka, 80ml tomato juice, 10ml sugar syrup and then however much Worcester sauce and chilli powder that you can handle. Feel free to also add chunks of tomato or celery into the mix.
Mojito. An incredibly refreshing cocktail for those of you that like rum and mint.
To turn this cocktail into a popsicle, you will need; 15ml rum (dark, white, whatever you prefer), 80ml soda water or lemonade and 10ml sugar syrup. Add some mint leaves and slices of lime.
Simms. This one has a lot of fruit in it and looks awesome; all you need liquid-wise is 15ml of Pimms and 80ml lemonade. Pimms isn’t too strong so there’s no need for the sugar syrup here. Go as crazy as you like with the fruit; add strawberries, mint leaves, cucumber slices, whatever takes your fancy, just chop it up small enough to fit inside the moulds.
Pina Colada. Another classic cocktail made with rum, coconut and pineapple juice. For this one you will need 15ml rum (dark or white, we don’t mind), 10ml sugar syrup, 40ml coconut milk, 40ml pineapple juice and some fruit if you like.
Cosmopolitan. A traditional cocktail and a night out favourite with a seasonal spin. Turning it into an ice-lolly couldn't be easier; all you need is 10ml sugar syrup, 10ml vodka, 5ml orange liqueur and 80ml cranberry juice.
Add some orange peel or slices if you want, mix it all together, pour it, then freeze it.
Strawberry Champagne. A delicious tasting champagne drink in ice lolly form and who doesn’t like champagne? This one is almost 100% champagne so use about 20ml sugar syrup and then fill the rest with champagne and puréed strawberries.
*All of these recipes will need freezing overnight to get the best lollies
Let me know how you get on making them or what your favourite recipe is.
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!