Guest Blogger: Slummy Single Mummy on what to suck at arsenic hour
Today Jo over at Slummy Single Mummy blogs for us on how to survive Friday afternoon arsenic hour! Work-at-home mother to two gorgeous girls – 17 and 10, Jo does the single parent thing with huge humour and a ton of style. I just love her.
Visit her and read up a storm at slummysinglemummy. Thank you Jo. x
Yes yes, I know what you’re thinking – “Why on earth would I homemake anything when I can buy it in a box from Sainsbury’s?” And of course you are right. The kind of lollies I’m thinking about though aren’t quite so readily available.
Picture the scene. It’s mid-afternoon. That horrible time of day when the kids get home from school. It’s socially unacceptable to send them to bed and crack open a nice bottle of wine but you’re at the end of your tether… what can you do? You can’t been seen with a drink in your hand at 4pm on a regular basis now can you?
This is where the lollies come in; Gin and Tonic Lollies to be precise. Whip up a batch of these during the day, along with some plain lemonade ones, and dish them out whilst basking in your sudden super-popular mother status (carefully though, don’t get them mixed up).
Now sit back and lounge happily on the sofa in your crinkly clothes, gazing out at a slightly smeary view, knowing that no one is the wiser…
Gin & Tonic Lollies
- 100g caster sugar & 100g/ml water – just weigh both into a pan
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 8 Juniper berries
- A good pinch Grains of paradise (if you have them!!) or a sliver of fresh ginger
- A strip of lemon zest
- Bombay Sapphire Gin – about 60ml
- Good quality Tonic water – I like Fever Tree – about 300ml
- Fruit – strawberries, raspberries etc and cucumber slices
- Bring the water and sugar to the boil until it goes clear, then reduce the heat. Add the ‘botanicals’ and simmer for about 3 minutes – don’t let it boil and become too syrupy. Then turn off the heat, put the lid on and let it infuse for 5 minutes.
- Mix your G&T – just make it weaker than normal. About 1 part gin to 6 parts tonic. Stir in the strained syrup.
- Wet the lolly moulds and press slices of fruit and cucumber to the sides, gently pour in the G&T, trying not to dislodge the fruit. Position your lolly sticks – I use cellotape to keep them central – and freeze.
- Don’t forget they are alcoholic and give them to your kids!