The clocks have moved forward, spring has sprung and summer is on its way, which means moving away from the comforts of warming soups and pasta bakes to console your winter blues. This time of year calls for refreshing salads, plenty of fruit and iced drinks to keep you cool and energised. Here are some iced recipes to make at home, which are quick and easy yet impressive enough to entertain with your friends or family. As a cooling snack, a light dessert or a vitalising drink, these delicious recipes will leave you wanting more!
Elderflower Ice Cream
This recipe comes from David Johnson who works at The Cross Keys in Chelsea
Ice cream is simple to make from your own kitchen and tastes even better homemade. This one is beautifully light and fragrant with the elderflower; a perfect sweet refreshing treat.
150ml full-fat milk
3 medium egg yolks
50g caster sugar
150ml Jersey or clotted cream
100ml Elderflower cordial
Bring the milk to the boil in a heavy saucepan, then remove from the heat. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl, then pour the milk over the eggs and sugar and mix well. Return to the pan and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk, ensuring you do not boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cream and cordial. Leave to cool, and if you have the luxury of an ice cream machine, churn in this until thickened. If you don’t, decant into a clean container and place in the freezer, removing after 45 minutes to stir vigorously. Repeat this at regular intervals until your ice cream is smooth, thick and creamy, beginning to firm up. Leave in the freezer for 4-6 hours, then enjoy.
LIME ICE LOLLY
Another recipe from David Johnson
Limes are just incredible in summer; their tart yet sweet taste lends so well to iced treats such as these amazingly zingy ice lollies.
Zest and juice of 5 limes
180g icing sugar
450g crème fraiche
90ml cold water
Place the lime zest and juice, icing sugar and water into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Leave to stand for 30 minutes to infuse and develop the flavours. Beat the crème fraiche into this lime syrup and pour into ice lolly moulds, placing into the freezer for around 2 hours or until firm.
PINK LEMONADE ICED COCKTAIL
Recipe adapted from Cosmopolitan
I love to have iced drinks in the summer, from tea and coffee to lemonade and cocktails. There are lots of easy ways you can make a delicious yet speedy iced drink–this chocolate iced mocha recipe will only take 5 minutes but will taste incredible! Here is an adult twist on a childhood favourite. As a child I adored pink lemonade, it always reminds me of celebrations and warm lazy days, and this cocktail generates those summer vibes.
50ml citrus vodka, such as Stolichnaya Citros
1 tbsp sugar
Juice of half a lemon
Dash of grenadine
Mix all together in a cocktail shaker, and pour into a glass with ice. Finish with slice of fresh lemon or strawberry and sit and enjoy.
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