This summer has been surprisingly scorching in the UK, and what better than to be sat cooling of with a refreshing ice lolly. But when you’re trying to buy less single-use plastic it’s disappointing to find that your very favourite twister, calippo and solero treats all come in non-recyclable plastic packaging. Boo. I’m definitely developing some astonishing Earth-guilt these days each time I throw packaging ‘away’ because there really is no place called ‘away’. It all goes somewhere, and every packet won’t be magically disappearing any time for the next few hundred years.
So… home-made ice lollies here we come. Of course, the main advantage of making your own lollies is down to the ingredients. While I would like to suggest you pour the remains of the Prosecco bottle into the lolly moulds to be enjoyed the following day, we all know that there is, in fact, no such thing as left over Prosecco. So perhaps, instead, crack open a bottle, pour some into the lolly moulds and guzzle the rest! The school holidays are pretty much upon us after all and chasing around after bored, feral children is thirsty work. (Disclaimer: if you are about to call social services, I am at least 51% joking).
You can pick up lolly moulds for a few pounds, like this one from lakeland for £3.99
Or these cool ice pop ones from amazon or eBay (I’ve also learnt that when ordering online it pays to message the seller, and ask for no unnecessary plastic packaging where possible)
Plus many cheap and cheerful ones from pound shops, hardware stores or local supermarkets. Yes, ok smarty-pants, they are probably plastic, but they are not single-use and will hopefully save many, many wrappers from ending up as a sea-turtle’s dinner.
Here are some alcoholic un-plasticky ice lollies to throw together this summer for grown-ups only. Combinations are per lolly mould:
1. Gin & Tonic
- 25 ml of your favourite gin
- Top the lolly mould up with complementary tonic (recyclable glass-bottled versions available such as Fever Tree)
- Add a slice of naked cucumber (if you can find them sold locally) or slice of lime (bought loose, no plastic netting)
- 25ml white rum
- zest and juice from a lime you’ve bought loose, or some lime cordial from a recyclable glass bottle
- top up with water
- A mint leaf in each lolly if you happen to have a mint plant (easiest herb to grow, even I don’t kill it)
- 25ml Pimms
- top up with lemonade
- A slice of the elusive naked cucumber, a slice of loose-bought kiwi, the more commonly found lemon, lime, the easy-to-grow mint leaves, and some home-grown or self-picked strawberries! Or whatever suitable fruit you can source without plastic all over them!
4. Strawberry prosecco
- Strawberries (you’ll have to have gone to a PYO farm, a local market or had a bumper crop of home grown for this one)
- Pinch of caster sugar
- Squeeze of lemon juice (from loose bought lemons)
5. Pina colada
- 25ml Malibu
- Top up with blended pineapple (bought loose and chopped up, or in a recyclable tin)
My incredibly resourceful colleague recommended making the lollies, then once frozen (i.e. the next day), take them out, wrap in greaseproof paper, and store in a box in a freezer so you can re-use the lolly moulds and make more and more.
So have fun in the sun, enjoy responsibly, and don’t get them confused with the kids’ ones!!
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