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…

G&T Ice Lollies via Hungry Sauce. Get on it!

G&T Ice Lollies via Hungry Sauce. Get on it!

Gin & Tonic Lollies

 (via the fabulous and must-read blog HungrySauce)
  • 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!