With a scorcher of a week on deck, I thought it might be appropriate to share a recipe to help cool you down…and get you drunk. Don’t say I’m not looking out for you.
I absolutely love experimenting with different popsicle variations. Unsurprisingly, I’m always trying to sneak in a little dram of something or other. This adults-only icy treat is incredibly refreshing – comprised of mint, cucumber, gin, Lillet blanc and simple syrup for sweetness.
If you aren’t familiar with Lillet blanc, it’s an aperitif wine that is made from Bordeaux grapes with macerated fruit liqueurs. It’s fruity but not overly sweet, making it a perfect addition to these boozy popsicles.
Don’t get too crazy playing with the ratios in this recipe, if you add too much booze, the popsicles won’t freeze properly.
I think these are the ideal after dinner treat to cleanse your palate and give you just that touch of sweetness that you’re craving. It also works well to ease your mind after a long day of work when you want to kick your feet up in your backyard with a good book or some good tunes.
I got this super cute popsicle mold from Amazon and I absolutely love it. I find most plastic popsicle molds to be cheaply made and half the time I break the popsicle as I try to wrestle it out of its shell. The best part about this little set is that you can pull each individual mold out of the stand and do a quick rinse under warm water to free it from the mold, without thawing the rest of the popsicles in the stand.
Also, in case you didn’t feel like waiting four hours for these to freeze, these exact contents make for a delightful pitcher cocktail best served on the rocks with a straw.
How do you like to keep cool when it gets hot and sticky?
These adults-only popsicles are the final word in summertime refreshment.
- 6 oz simple syrup
- 6 inches cucumber, roughly chopped
- 6 mint leaves
- 6 oz Lillet Blanc
- 3 oz Sipsmith London Dry Gin
- 9 oz sparkling water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
Combine all ingredients except sparkling water in a blender. Blend until puréed. Stir in sparkling water.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel a ribbon of cucumber and place it into popsicle mold, pushing it against the side of the mold, down the centre, to create a strip of green down the middle of the finished popsicle.
Stir boozy contents until well-combined, otherwise cucumber and mint will all float to the top, pour into popsicle molds, leaving 2mm of headroom in each. Add bottoms/popsicle sticks.
Freeze for four hours before serving.
Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, simmer until sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature before using.