The weather has been good to us recently so what better time to whip up a batch of these easy vodka cocktail ice lollies at lunch time ready for an evening in the sun? These ice lollies are strictly for adults, and of course, you can use your favourite fruit juice or soft drink (are you a fan of vodka and coke?!) but for these I just used orange juice (because vodka plus orange juice equals a Screwdriver) and cranberry juice on the basis that we had both in the house and I’m a big fan of vodka with cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime (a Cape Codder).
There are more authentic and tasty ways to make ice lollies (let’s disclose that now) but if you want a low effort, super chilled way to cool off in the evening or afternoon, or if you’re looking for a new way to serve up cocktails at a BBQ, these will hit the spot. Be as creative as you like, but I reckon Smirnoff vodka is just about the best spirit to use given its high freezing point and tendency to thicken when cooled. Plus it’s the most versatile to combine with mixers to suit your guests.
- ice lolly moulds
- fresh orange juice
- cranberry juice
- Smirnoff red label vodka (one capful per ice lolly is plenty)
- squeeze of lemon or lime
- Make sure your ice lolly moulds are clean and dry.
- Add a capful of Smirnoff red label vodka to each mould - you can use more or less if you would prefer, but any more is likely to interfere with the freezing ability of the lollies, and they end up pretty strong anyway due to the juice and alcohol melting more quickly than the water.
- Top up with your preferred juice (I filled two with orange juice and two with cranberry juice) to around 1 cm below the top to leave room for expansion - the lolly stick will displace some of the juice, and it will expand as it freezes).Add a few drops of lime juice, add the sticks and lids and carefully pop in the freezer for 2 hours or so.
- If they're tricky to remove, it helps to run the moulds under the hot tap for a few seconds.
- Enjoy! And have lots of fun trying different combinations.