British summer is a fickle thing. One minute it’s dreary and wet, the next it’s all blue skies and sunshine. Whether you need a cool refreshing treat on a hot day, or want to summon the sun gods from their mid-summer nap, these summer berry lollies are just the ticket.
Quick, easy, and full of fresh fruity goodness, these frozen treats are great for the kids and a brilliant way to use up fruit that’s a bit overripe. We also experimented with a boozy version for adults – because why should the kids have all the fun?
What You’ll Need
You’ll need a bit of special equipment to make these lollies but other than that, they’re very straightforward.
To whizz up all the fruit into a puree, you’ll need some kind of blender or food processor. You’ll also need something to freeze them in – these ice pop moulds from Amazon worked a treat.
Once you’ve got all the necessary kit, making the lollies couldn’t be easier.
Blend your favourite fruit(s) with a splash of water or fruit juice. Depending on the ripeness of the fruit, you may need to sweeten with a squeeze of honey or agave syrup – raspberries will almost certainly need a bit of added sweetness to balance their sharp bite.
The time of year may dictate what fruits you can get hold of so it’s worth noting when your favourites are in season. British strawberries are great between May and July (depending on the weather), blueberries are best from June to September, raspberries from June to October and the blackberry season runs from June all the way through to November.
Combos for Kids
You can have great fun trying out flavour combinations for kids (or as a non-alcoholic version for grown-ups).
Here are some suggestions to get your taste buds tingling:
- Strawberry and apple juice
- Strawberry and fresh lime
- Raspberry and orange juice
- Strawberry, raspberry and blackberry
- Banana and coconut milk
- Banana, pineapple, mango and orange juice
- Passion fruit and orange juice
- Blueberry and Greek yoghurt
Throw all the ingredients into a blender or food processor, whizz to a puree, add a sweetener to taste and pour into lollipop moulds. Note that you only need a splash of liquid added to the fruit to help the blender do its magic, otherwise the lollies will turn out more like ice pops.
Getting the kids involved can be a great way to get them excited about eating more fruit. You probably want to keep them away from the blending step but get them to choose their favourite fruits and help with filling up the moulds.
Boozy Lollies for Adults
For a grown-up twist, add a splash of sparkling wine or some of those weird and wonderful spirits you find lurking in the back of the drinks cupboard.
Remember that alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water (or fruit) so make sure you don’t add too much booze to your fruit blend or it won’t freeze properly. 50/50 alcohol to fruit is the absolute maximum but, speaking from experience, that’s actually a bit too strong!
Here’s some frozen fruit cocktail combos for grown-ups:
- Strawberry and Prosecco
- Peaches and Prosecco
- Raspberry, Passoa (passionfruit liqueur) and orange juice
- Banana, pineapple, coconut milk and white rum
- Banana, Baileys and milk
- Lime, fresh mint and white rum
Freeze Then Feast
Once you’ve blended your favourite combos of fruit and sweetened to taste, pour the puree into lollipop moulds and freeze for a minimum of two hours. If you’re not going to use them all straight away, it’s a good idea to label your moulds so you remember which lollies have alcohol in.
To serve, remove the frozen lollies from the freezer and run under a hot tap (turning regularly) to loosen them from the sides of the mould. Be careful not to scold yourself under the hot water – this is definitely an activity for the grown-ups.
All that’s left now is to hand out the treats, sit back and enjoy!