I lied when I said that I was ready to put away the popsicle moulds and bring out the stew pots, I lied straight to your face. I'm not ready to pack away my summer dresses and my big sun hat and my sunglasses that look-like-Karen-Walker-but-aren't-really. I'm not ready to forget about lying by the pool and drinking cool, crisp rosé after work. It's not fair! I want to eat popsicles all the way through winter, what would a mulled wine popsicle taste like? Nice? Perhaps let's start with cider first.
Cider is the epitome of the perfect summer tipple, I recently discovered Swedish Rekorderlig cider, I chose it first for the bottle and the label, always a sucker for cuuuute packaging. But the cider really is right on the money. Not too sweet, it tastes like freshly cut apples, just like good quality cider should. I was a little dubious about the alcohol content, since hooch doesn't freeze so well, but added with some sugar syrup it worked a treat. These pops are like an apple granita, for big kids, the thin slice of apple nestled inside looks pretty too don't you think?
Do you want Summer to be over? Or are you keen for a big bowl of piping hot soup?
Apple Cider Popsicles:
An original recipe
I found these little piccolo latte glasses we had to be the perfect size for the pops, you could use shot glasses too if you like, or you can buy popsicle moulds from any kitchen store.
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup water
300ml (approx) of your favourite apple cider (I use Rekorderlig)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
Green apple, very thinly sliced
To make sugar syrup, combine the sugar and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir for 3-4 minutes until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat. In a large jug combine sugar syrup, cider and lemon juice, stir. Taste, if it's too sweet add more lemon juice, if it's not sweet enough add a little bit more sugar syrup (I don't like it too sweet).
Pour into glasses or popsicle moulds, add the slice of apple. Place on a plate in the freezer, after an hour and a half, when the mixture has started to crystallize, stick the popsicle sticks into the glasses standing up straight, if they don't stay upright, leave them to freeze for a little longer before adding the sticks. Freeze for a further two hours or overnight.