What is it about us Brits and Pimm’s? As soon as there’s a sniff of sunshine, we’re at the supermarket in our droves, stocking up on that most famous of summer cups ready to drink by the gallon. Syrupy sweet and laden with fresh fruit, lemonade and lashings of ice, it’s a taste synonymous with British Summer Time and all of its mainstays, and we can’t get enough of it.
Like most Brits, the recent heatwave has led me to succumb to the whims of Pimm’s, but not Pimm’s as we know it. My daily browse through Pinterest led me to stumble upon a GENIUS twist on Pimm’s and lemonade, perfect for cooling down in the heat. Pimm’s ice lollies. OH YES. Incredibly easy to create, the process of freezing the classic combination of Pimm’s and lemonade seems to intensify the familiar flavours, whilst giving it an added sharpness and an intense alcoholic kick. Don’t get them mixed up with fruity ice lollies – these are definitely not for kids!
RECIPE: Pimm’s ice lollies (Inspired by BBC Food’s recipe)
300ml Pimm’s or equivalent (I used Aldi’s version, Austin’s, and could not taste the difference!)
800ml diet lemonade
Handful of fresh English strawberries, sliced
1 orange, zest
Fresh mint (2 leaves per lolly)
1. Add the Pimm’s and lemonade to a large jug and stir
2. Add a couple of strawberry slices, 2 mint leaves and a sprinkle of orange zest to each lolly mould
3. Pour the Pimm’s mixture into each mould until 3 quarters full. Insert the lolly stick and freeze overnight.
4. The lollies should be easy to remove from the mould, but if you need a helping hand, dip the moulds in hot water for a second before carefully removing the lollies.
5. Eat immediately!
This recipe is enough to make about 24 lollies, depending on how big your moulds are. If you don’t have 24 lolly moulds, like me, just prepare all of your lollies and then drink the rest! Alternatively you *could* scale the recipe down, but where’s the fun in that…
Have you made Pimm’s lollies before?