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Homemade Chow: Drunken Bramble Boozesicles


Summer is almost upon us in Hong Kong, and anyone who has lived here will empathise with the fact that the heat and humidity get pretty unbearable as the summer months go on. My coping mechanisms mainly consist of consuming cold food and drink (and hiding indoors where the air-con keeps me happy!), so when I discovered that Common Room recently launched spiked ice lollies in cocktails for the coming months, I was almost too excited for words. 

After trying a "Drunken Boozesicle" and falling in love with the concept, I convinced the powers be at Privé Group (the mastermind behind Common Room) to part with a recipe; behold the Drunken Bramble Boozesicle! There are two components to this glorious gin and blackberry concoction, but I guarantee you that the end result is well worth the extra effort...

Drunken Bramble Boozesicles

Part I. Common Room's Bramble Cocktail
Makes 1 drink

2oz Gin (reduce to 1.5oz if too strong)
6 Blackberries
3/4oz Lemon juice
3/4oz Simple syrup
Drizzle of Crème de Mûre

1.  First, create a basic Bramble by mixing the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup.

2. In a lowball glass, muddle 5 blackberries and add in some crushed ice and the Bramble mixture.

3. Drizzle with Crème de Mûre and garnish with the remaining blackberry.

Part II. Lola's Ice Pops' Bramble Ice Pops
Makes 8-10 ice pops

2 small boxes of Blackberries (must be fresh)
100ml Water (distilled)
20ml Gin
20ml Crème de Mûre
Juice from 1/4 Lemon 
1/2tbsp Caster sugar

1. Thoroughly soak and wash the blackberries. 

2. Place all the ingredients (blackberries. water, gin, crème de mûre, lemon juice and sugar) into a blender and blend well for c.20 seconds. Taste the mixture, adding more sugar and re-blending if necessary

3. Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds and place wooden sticks in each mould. Freeze for at least 6 hours before consuming. 

4. To unmould the ice pops, dip the frozen part of the moulds into room temperature water for 5-10 seconds before pulling them out.   

To create the Drunken Bramble Boozesicle, simply dunk the ice pop into the drink. These are best served at the start of a hot summers' night, as they are the perfect drinks to nurse over a long chat. 


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