Truth be told I’m a bit partial to a good old-fashioned gin and tonic. It has to be decent gin, of course, with lashings of ice and lime (never lemon!!). Nothing tastes quite as good as the first one, so I rarely have a second – maybe it’s because I’m a pathetically lightweight drinker these days…
On a scorchio hot summer’s day an ice lolly is a fun and refreshing way to enjoy your G&T. It’s a decidedly grown up way to enjoy a popsicle! It was a lot of fun working on this recipe one child-free afternoon with a couple of my besties. Of course we needed to make several batches to make sure we had it just right – luckily I shot the photos early on in the afternoon…
Ice lolly making is so easy!
So, it’s not the trickiest of recipes (perfect for a stressed out busy mum) as there are only three ingredients – gin (obvs), tonic and slices of lime – that’s all it takes. Sooo easy! After all our practice efforts, we decided that the best gin to tonic ratio was 1/3 gin to 2/3 tonic. The half and half ones we made were ridiculously strong – but if that floats your boat, don’t hold back…
The only tiny little snagette with these ice lollies is that they start to melt pretty quickly because alcohol has a low freezing point. So you have to polish them off pronto or end up with G&T dribbles everywhere (such a waste). On the massive plus side (apart from the gin hit) you won’t be plagued by pesky wasps as you enjoy your ice lolly, as there’s no sugar in these babies!
And so to the thorny question of which gin to use. I’m definitely a Bombay Sapphire or Slingsby’s girl, but there are lots to choose from. What’s your poison?
- 1 shot gin
- tonic water
- fresh lime slices
Pour the shot of gin into a lolly mould (about 1/3 full
Add a couple of slices of lime
Top up to the brim with tonic water and secure the lid to the mould
Place the lolly in the freezer for at least 4 hours
Run the lolly mould under a hot tap for 30 seconds, then sit back and emjoy!
Experiment with swapping the lime slices for cucumber slices and adding a squeeze of lime juice to the gin instead. Just as yummy!
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