Thursday, 18 August 2011

Lemon and Mint Popsicles (or Ice Lollies)

It's been hot in London. Sticky, sweaty, no trace of a breeze kind of hot. Yuck. So these babies were a lifesaver. And I had a load of lemons and mint that were on their way to funky town, so this used them up nicely.

And there's something so pleasantly retro and nostalgic about these traffic light lolly molds. I found them randomly in a weird little store last week. Who could resist?

Lemon Mint Ice Lollies (Popsicles, for those in the US)

About 2 cups of water
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
Large handful of chopped mint (save a couple of whole stalks)
Sugar to taste

Sorry I can't be more exact with the measurements - I just chucked everything in a pan over a low heat for about 10 mins to infuse, tasted it and when it the flavours seemed balanced I strained it poured it into the popsicle molds with a sprig of mint pushed down into it. Freeze overnight. Easy peasy. See?

The only thing to remember is to make the mix slightly stronger than you'd imagine would taste good - the coldness dulls the flavour slightly. You can keep any extra mix in a jar in the fridge and freeze later.

(I also had a pomegranate that was headed to funky town too so I mixed in the juice in a couple of molds. Added a nice sweetness to the lemony tang.)


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