Lemon iced tea ice lolly

Lemon iced tea ice lolly

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Citrus
Makes
8
Photographer
Mowie Kay

I was one of those children who, when offered an ice lolly, would always want a classic lemon ice in favour of something more complicated (or lurid, depending on your point of view). The recipes here very much take inspiration from those, with options for adding alcohol if they are strictly adult-only.

This is a very simple one, and is based on the cold-brewed teas you will find. This means you can easily vary the flavours – just substitute whatever type of tea or citrus you fancy.

If you want to make these very pretty, you can add a slice of lemon to each so it appears, ghostlike, through the ice.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
15g loose black tea, (a good English breakfast is fine)
1/2 lemon, pared zest and juice
500ml water, preferably filtered, plus 1 tablespoon
50g granulated sugar
8 thin slices lemon, (optional)

Method

  1. Put the tea in a refrigerator-friendly receptacle with the pared zest and pour over the water. Refrigerate overnight to brew. You will find it tastes fairly strong without any of the bitter tannins.
  2. The next day, strain the tea and discard the solids. Add the lemon juice and sugar, stir until it has completely dissolved, then taste. It may need a squeeze more lemon or more sugar – just remember that the sweetness will be weaker once frozen, so don’t make it too sour.
  3. Pour the liquid into your lolly moulds. If you have the sort with the plastic reuseable tops put these in straight away. Otherwise wait until the ice lolly has set hard enough to hold a wooden ice lolly stick, then put one in each. This is also the point where you would add a lemon slice, if using, but obviously do this first. Freeze until firm – as this is a water-based lolly it should be frozen within 3–4 hours.
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