It’s been hot in Seattle. Really bloody hot. Sweat in parts you never knew existed hot. When it gets like this all I want to do is eat salads, and cold vegetable concoctions. These don’t make for the most interesting blog posts, even if they are rather tasty. Tell a lie, I did actually turn the stove on to glaze some carrots last week, but that was it. So there has been a short hiatus with Wrightfood, blame it on this balmy Seattle summer.
Not only does my mind turn to salads in this weather, it also turns to drink. A recent favorite of mine has just been ice cold water with some lemon verbena and rosemary in. Quite, quite lovely and refreshing. Adding a torn up lime leaf too can just make water wonderful.
My family was recently at a party for three of the most amazing people you could ever meet. At this party was a freezer full of OtterPops, which were being consumed in huge numbers by everyone. This got me thinking about frozen treats that quench the thirst.
Gin and tonic has recently become my cocktail of choice, and for this I completely blame my father. When I was growing up, living at home, that was his drink after work. He would come in, set down his briefcase, say hi, and get a G&T. When I got old enough I would make them for him every so often. When I really wasn’t old enough at all I would swig his whilst making it, without him looking (now they know why I would always make his G&T in the pantry… Oddly enough I never got much of a taste for them until recently. Now I get it. It is so bloody crisp and refreshing, simple enough to enjoy, but yet complex enough to drink most days and not get bored of. The only thing I have changed recently has been the simple addition of a sprig of rosemary into the glass. I do like a little herby note to a cocktail, and rosemary just seems to go rather nicely.
You can see where this is going.. A party with frozen popsicle things, and my love of G&T…
I give you, the G&T lollypop, or G&T popsicle for the Americans reading this.
I have no idea why I haven’t thought of this before. It makes sense to me. Hot day, icy refreshment. Icy refreshment on a stick none the less. But not just any stick. A couple of sprigs of rosemary tied together make the perfect stick, with the leafy end in the frozen beverage. Just make sure to use some pretty sturdy sprigs.
The hardest thing was really getting the sprigs of rosemary to stay in the glass whilst the whole thing froze in the freezer. Normally with iced treats as these you let them half-freeze, then you stick in the stick, and bingo – it stays thanks to the half frozen mixture. This does not work so well here however, the leafy end wont stick into half-frozen liquid too well, and it just makes a mess. In the end I put the sprig in when the whole thing was still liquid, and tied the sprig down to the glass. This then gets placed in the freezer until frozen – which takes far too long for my taste.
Gin and Tonic Popsicle Recipe
The whole thing couldn’t be more simple, but it did take a good 10 of these to get them perfect.. Make a gin and tonic (shot of gin, fill glass with tonic water). Taste just to make sure everything is good. Add in some lemon zest if that is your fancy, and pour into a small glass. Tie a couple of sturdy sprigs of rosemary together, and push the leafy end into the small cup of G&T. Carefully tie this round the bottom of the glass (see picture above). Bung in the freezer overnight until well frozen.
I really cannot tell you how much these things have brought me. If I was to never blog again, I would be happy this being my last post (not that Wrightfood will stop any time soon.. just sayin). So, next time you are sweating like a pedophile in a primary school, give a frozen G&T a go, I am now rather addicted to these… but can stop anytime… Promise.