These lemon, lime and bitters popsicles are refreshing twist on a classic Australian drink. The perfect treat for a hot summers day or any day.
In case you haven't hear of it Lemon, Lime and Bitters is a non alcoholic drink commonly served in bars, pubs and restaurants in Australia. If fact its so popular according to some reports its the second most ordered soft drink with a meal, after coco-cola.
I never knew but the drink is an Australian invention. Its traditionally made with Angostura Bitters. In the 1840's Angostura Bitters was used on British Royal Navy ships to treat seasickness so the storey goes. Lemonade and bitters became all the rage the colonies and in London back home. At some point the lime was added. The drink its self is traditionally made in a highball glass with a shot of lime cordial top, topped with lemonade or lemon soda and finished with a slide of lemon or lime and a couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters on top. This basic recipe is still made all over Australia and is a refreshing non alcoholic alternative.
In this recipe I've pumped up the citrus with fresh lemon and lime juice, topped with zest infused sugar syrup and a few good dashes of Angostura Bitters. Angostura Bitters is readily available from liquor shops such as Dan Murphy's in Australia, Amazon or Walmart in the United States and Tesco in the UK. You can substitute it with another fresh bitters if you want or leave it out all together.
Either way these are delicious refreshing treat on a hot summers day, or any day for that matter.
To make the lemon, lime and bitters popsicles
Use a small sharp knife to carefully cut zest strips off one lemon and two limes. Try not to go to deep into the fruit if you can help it. The white pith underneath the skin is bitter (and not in a good way). You want enough skin on the lemon and limes to juice them afterwards.
Add the zest strips to a small saucepan along with the sugar and half a cup of water. Stir on a low heat until the sugar is dissolved, then put a lid on the pot and simmer on low for five minutes. Do not boil. You want to slowly infuse the oils and aromatics from the zest. If you boil it they will boil off.
Turn off the heat and leave the pot on the stove for at least ten minutes to cool, longer if you can.
Juice the lemons and limes until you have half a cup each of lemon and lime juice. This was about three and a half lemons and four limes on this occasion. It will entirely depend on how big and how juice your lemons and limes are, which is why I give juice measures in cups, not x many limes etc.
There are a few ways of getting more juice out of your citrus. You can roll them on a board or try popping them into the microwave for about fifteen to twenty seconds. Either way you will get a lot more juice out with a citrus juicer than you will by hand.
Strain the lemon and lime juice and add to a large jug. Remove the zest from the cooled sugar syrup and add to the lemon and lime juice.
Add the Angostura Bitters. Top up the water to make a total volume of 2 ½ cups (600ml) and stir well.
Hot tip: Make sure there is enough room in your freezer for you popsicle moulds Before you fill them and try to put them in the freezer, or their will be tears!
Fill the popsicle moulds. For added prettiness you can pop the moulds in the freezer for a few hours, then poke in some thinly sliced lime and pop a few extra drops of bitters on top, then add the sticks. Other wise add the sticks when you fill the moulds.
Freezer overnight for at least 12 hours.
Remove from moulds and enjoy! The perfect refreshing treat for a hot summers day, or any day!
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Lemon, lime and bitters popsicles
- popsicle moulds and sticks
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ½ cup lime juice
- ½ cup (110gms) sugar
- ½ teaspoon Angostura Bitters *optional
- water - to top up total mix volume to 2 ½ cups (600ml)
- With a sharp knife cut zest strips off one lemon and two limes
- Add sugar, lemon and lime zest and half a cup of water to a small pan.
- Simmer on low heat until sugar is dissolved. Put a lid on the pan and continue to simmer on low for five minutes.
- Turn off heat and leave to cool for ten minutes.
- Juice lemons and limes. Strain and add to a large jug.
- Once syrup is cool, remove zest and add to jug with lemon and lime juice.
- Add Angostura Bitters
- Top water in jug so its all 2 ½ cups (600ml) in total, mix well
- Pour into moulds and add sticks
- Freeze overnight or at least 12 hours
- Remove from moulds and enjoy!