The sun is here! Quick, make some ice lollies…

Over the past two days in England it’s been BOILING. I know that compared to a lot of other countries, 30C is a laughably low temperature to be claiming that it’s too hot to function but, trust me, us Brits go to pieces when it’s this sunny. We’re just not used to it. All this sun makes working in the library nearly unbearable (it’s a million degrees in there and all I want to do is take a nap!), which means that I’ve been really fancying something cool and refreshing. Luckily, last week I took a trip to Ikea with my mum and sister and happened upon some ice lolly containers, which, because it was Ikea, I bought. I’d love to claim that it was through some amazing foresight and that I sensed hot weather coming but, realistically, I was in Manchester and it rained all day.

The idea for these ‘recipes’ is simple- there couldn’t be anything easier! You simply make a drink, then pour it into a container and stick it in the freezer! Below are two recipes: one which is more of a party/ adult lolly (as it contains alcohol) and one for you more relaxed and sophisticated people, which is an iced-tea ice lolly. Either would be great to sit outside with, whether you’re in the garden sunbathing, walking about in search of Pokemon, or having a garden party or barbecue with friends. So, make some room in your freezer and enjoy the good weather while you can!

Party Pops

(please excuse the cringe-worthy name)

Ingredients
(for one ice pop)
1 shot Peach Schnapps
1 shot Vodka (optional)
Cranberry Juice

Ice lolly moulds, such as these or these.

Method
1. Add one shot of peach schnapps and (optionally) one shot of vodka into a measuring jug/ mug per ice pop.
2. Add cranberry juice to taste.
3. Give the mixture a stir to distribute the alcohol a bit.
4. Pour into the lolly moulds and freeze.

Tea Pops
(makes 3 ice pops)

Ingredients
4 tea bags (I chose Blackcurrant and Elderflower)
Cold Water
Berries (optional)

Method

1. Boil 100ml of water and add all the teabags to it. Let them stew for at least 5 minutes.
2. Let the tea-infused water cool.
3. Add some cold water to top up the amount of liquid needed to fill the moulds.
4. (optional) add some berries into the mix (mushed up)
5. Pour mixture into the moulds and freeze.

Handy Hints- Party Pops
Cocktails- this recipe is modelled on a Woo Woo cocktail, but you can pretty much make any cocktail you like this way. Add orange juice to make Sex On The Beach.
Alcohol- The alcohol concentration can’t be too high, as the alcoholic ice pops won’t melt as well as non-alcoholic ones.

Handy Hints- Tea Pops
Tea blends- You can try this with any tea bags you have: experiment with different flavours! Add a little squeezy/ runny honey for a bit sweeter ice lolly.
Creamy ice pops- Try adding milk instead of the cold water for a creamy ice lolly rather than a more fruity one.

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