3 Fruity Cocktail (And Mocktail) Ice Lolly Recipes
We’re big fans of an ice lolly – we’ve got freezers packed full of them at Gousto HQ. Luckily for those of you who don’t have a ready supply of frozen fruity goodness, I’ve decided to get us all enjoying a delicious frozen treat together by sharing some of my favourite recipes for homemade ice lollies.
Watermelon, Raspberry & Kiwi Ice Lolly
If you want to encourage (read: trick) your kids into eating more fruit, these fruit ice lollies are the ones for you. And with the British summer promising a much hotter July, it feels good to be able to reach into your freezer and pull out a little slice of cool.
Ingredients (makes 4-6 depending on size of moulds)
A big splash of lemonade (or a different clear juice- like grapefruit)
- Cut the watermelon up. You won’t need the rind for this recipe, but no need to throw it away – chop it up and use it in slaws, salads or stir fry.
- Put the chunks of watermelon flesh into your food processor and blend.
- Strain the blended watermelon through a sieve into a jug or bowl.
- Place about 5 raspberries at the bottom of each lolly mould, you need about 1cm of space at the top of the mould, so push the raspberries down.
- Pour the watermelon juice into the mould, still leaving the 1cm space at the top. Pop the mould in the freezer for an hour, or until the watermelon juice is part frozen but not totally solid.
- While they’re in the freezer, remove the skin from the kiwis. Put the skin to one side, you can keep it to use later in a smoothie.
- Dice up the flesh of the kiwi and grab your partly-frozen lollies from the freezer. Add the diced kiwi fruit to the top of the mould, press them down so it’s packed in, top with your lemonade or clear juice. (do this over the sink to avoid mess from overflowing!)
- Put a stick in each mould and pop them back in the freezer until fully frozen.
Gin & Tonic Ice Lolly With Basil, Lime & Strawberry
What’s the difference between a kid’s ice lolly and an adult’s? Gin.
And let’s face it, if there’s one thing better than a G&T, its a frozen, fruity G&T, on a stick.
Ingredients (makes around 4, depending on size of moulds)
4 basil leaves
100ml gin (you can lose less if you buy into the myth that less is more when it comes the gin)
2 cans of tonic
- Boil a small amount of water in your kettle. Put the sugar into a jug with a splash of boiled water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Slice the strawberries length ways, cut one of the limes in half and squeeze the juice into the sugar water. Cut the other lime into slices.
- Add the gin and the tonic to the jug as well. Give everything a good stir.
- Pop a basil leaf in to each mould, along with some strawberry slices and a couple of lime slices
- Fill the moulds right to the brim and push a stick in each
- Freeze overnight
Vegan Pina Colada Ice Lolly Vegan
If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off on holiday this summer, you’re probably looking forward to sun, sea, and pina coladas. But if, like me, you’re holiday-less for the foreseeable, whip up your own vacation vibes with these yummy ice lollies.
Ingredients (makes around 8 depending on size of moulds)
100ml coconut rum (make them virgin by leaving this out)
50ml agave nectar
400ml can coconut milk
- Cut the pineapple and add 200g of it to your blender, along with the coconut rum, agave nectar, and coconut milk. Blitz everything until it’s as smooth as possible.
- Pour the mixture through a sieve to remove any fibres or bits that haven’t been blended
- Slice the remaining 50g of pineapple chunks so they are thinner. Add these to your ice lolly moulds.
- Top the moulds with the blended mixture and pop a lolly stick in each one
- Freeze overnight and enjoy!
Top tip: if your ice lolly mould doesn’t have a lid, cover with two layers of foil before adding the lolly sticks, then pierce with the lolly stick, this will keep them upright whilst the ice cream is freezing
Have you made your own ice lollies before? I’d love to add a few more recipes to my collection! Any suggestions you have, please leave them below for me.