6 ways to keep cool

Creative ices, refreshingly simple drinks and a cool trick you heard on the grapevine

Fuss-free and delicious, these frozen treats should be treasured all summer:

MINT AND LEMON GRANITA

There are many great things about granitas. You don’t need any specialist equipment to make them (just space in your freezer), they require minimal effort and are the perfect refreshment when it’s hot and sticky outside. Pour juice (we used Barakat Mint Lemon) into a container and freeze for 4-5 hours, forking through every hour until ice crystals form.

COCONUT ICE LOLLIES

For no-churn, two-ingredient ice cream, condensed milk is your secret weapon. The trick is to fold condensed milk, which takes the part of the usual custard base, with whipped cream (or thick yogurt) until you have an airy, creamy texture. To make these ice lollies we used coconut yogurt; feel free to customise with nuts, chocolate chips, honeycomb and caramel sauce.

LICK YOUR LIPS

Independent London-based ice cream producers The Licktators like to do things a little bit differently. Fun flavours in their range include decadent lemon curd, popcorn studded with caramel pieces, cinnamon doughnut (complete with doughnut pieces and a sugar glaze) and a more traditional but no less tasty rich vanilla custard.


 

HELLO, COCO

Made from 100 per cent organic coconut water from young coconuts, Dr Antonio Martins pure coconut juice is smooth and velvety with a vaguely sweet, ever so slightly toasted flavour. For a really refreshing option, freeze a small carton for a few hours then enjoy as a thirst-quenching slushy.

SPRING ACTION

Made using high-quality, natural ingredients without artificial sweeteners or preservatives, Fever-Tree tonics, soda waters and lemonades are prized for their subtle, authentic flavours.

GRAPE TIME

One tip for keeping your drinks chilled this summer is to freeze spinneysFOOD Grapes and use instead of ice – they taste great and won’t dilute your drink.