Strawberry & Basil G&T Ice Lollies

I’ve probably got a 4 hour window to post this before the weather turns to shit but who needs the sun as an excuse to have G&T ice lollies?!

Although a simple cucumber gin and tonic is pretty refreshing on a hot day, cocktail season is here and something sweet, tart, earthy and alcoholic (being the main thing) creates the perfect twist on your usual strawberry ice pop.

Making the ice lollies is pretty simple as long as you don’t go to town on the alcohol bit (which I’ve had to restrain myself from doing) because we all know alcohol doesn’t freeze.  If you do pop a bottle of gin in the freezer and it goes slushy it’s because the water in it has frozen but the alcohol hasn’t…

So what do you need? Aside from ice lolly moulds…

Strawberry and Basil G&T Ice Lollies (per lolly)
25ml gin (single shot)
1-2 basil leaves
2-3 strawberries  (1 for garnish)
Top with tonic

How to make it? (Multiply the below by how many moulds you have)

Add 25ml of gin to a cocktail shaker
Pop in 4 strawberry halves and 1-2 basil leaves depending on their size
Use a muddler to bash the ingredients together and release the flavours
Shake the cocktail shaker and strain into the ice lolly mould
Add a slice of strawberry and a tiny sprig of basil
Top with tonic

And it’s as simple as that! To make your classic G&T ice lolly it’s even easier. Pop in 25ml of gin into the mould, add a slice of cucumber and top with tonic!

Beki Xo

Talking Interiors: The Woman Cave (*) Photo Credit:

Everyone has heard of a 'man cave' (n) 
a room or other area in a home that is primarily a male sanctuary, designed and furnished to accommodate the man's recreational activities, hobbies, etc but what about a 'woman cave'?

It's not a term that crops up very often but imagine having your own personal hide out. A place you can go to get away from everything, enjoy your own company and just relax without any interruptions. Or if you prefer it could be somewhere to bring the girls, have a fun evening catching up and getting pampered over a couple bottles of prosecco.

Personally I'd love it and if I had an extra room in my house to fill I'd totally do it. I mean with the ideas I have it would have to be a large room but then again who says it has to be a room? It could be a 'woman shed' at the end of the garden.

If money was no option and there was no limit on space I'd have a large white painted room with black wooden (heated) floors, floor to ceiling windows and one large bi folding door to open up the space. 

In one corner I'd have my own gin cocktail making bar with a high table, stools and a huge collection of gin, freshly grown garnishes and mixers.

In another I'd have a large indoor swinging chair, loaded with fluffy cushions and surrounded by dozens and dozens of  plants to create a indoor/outdoor feel. A sort of mini corner green house that you'd relax in, read a book or simply meditate. Propped against the wall would sit a floor standing mirror made of reclaimed wood and draped with fairy lights.

In the centre of the room would lay a huge grey thick faux fur or shagpile rug and on top of that would be a large stand alone black jacuzzi bath that would look onto a projector screen so you can watch movies in the tub! Of course if you're watching movies you'd need a small fridge to contain goodies and keep your gin or prosecco cold!

The whole space would be filled with mood lighting, fairy lights and candles because... hygge.

I've actually created a 'woman cave ideas' mood board so if you're interested in creating your own head on over for some ideas.

Beki Xo

(*) This blog post was in collaboration with Taskers Online
Lidl Hortus Limited Edition Summer Gin Review

With a collection of 20+ gins (to date) I soon learnt that it’s not always about cost. You don’t ‘get what you pay for’ when it comes to gin, it’s more about personal preference and I soon learnt this after working with smaller distilleries.

I’ve always been one to root for the smaller brands however after coming across an article about Lidl’s new version of their ‘award-winning’ Hotrus gin I was both intrigued and sceptical. I’ve always thought of budget supermarkets watering down their gin BUT I also know that bigger brands repackage their products to sell for less as supermarkets own brand… so I had to try it.

The gin itself cost around £15.99 and has been compared to the likes of SipSmith’s London Dry Gin. The packaging is far from looking like a cheap alternative and comparing it to some of the gins I own it does look more of a luxury spirit.

It contains botanicals such as; Juniper, English coriander, Cubebs, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Bergamot and orange which all create their Hortus Limited Edition Summer Gin. Sipped straight it has a smooth floral note with and citrus kick. I like my gins to have a strong herbal, floral or fresh taste and this surprisingly (for a supermarket brand) packs a punch and fits the bill. 

Served with a slice of cucumber, a few cubes of ice and topped with Fevertree Tonic it’s the perfect G&T that does rival some well-known brands. Equally the botanicals will pull through more ingredients so it's the perfect fit for a Tom Collins, Negroni, Martini or a Singapore Sling... well done Lidl!

Beki Xo
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