Lemon Ice Lolly Recipe With Thyme and Elderflower

Thyme, elderflower and lemon ice lollies

  • makes 10
  • Easy

These thyme, elderflower and lemon ice lollies are a great grown-up treat to help you cool down in the warmer months. You can make this into a cordial too, just reduce the water to 750ml and strain into sterilised jars



  • golden caster sugar 500g
  • elderflower heads 4, washed
  • lemons 2
  • thyme a small bunch


  • Step 1

    Put the caster sugar and 1 litre of water in a pan and bring to a simmer. Make sure the sugar has dissolved. Wash the elderflower heads gently under cold water. Peel the rind from 1 lemon into strips with a peeler.

  • Step 2

    Remove the sugar syrup from the heat. Add the elderflower heads, lemon strips, the juice from the peeled lemon and most of the thyme (leave 5 sprigs for decoration). Leave to cool, cover, and steep overnight.

  • Step 3

    Strain the liquid through a piece of muslin or clean tea towel into a jug. Taste the liquid and if it’s too sweet for you, dilute with water and add more lemon juice. It should be a bit sweeter than you like it, as the freezing process will take the sweetness down a little.

  • Step 4

    Slice the remaining lemon, put 1 slice each  in 10 ice-lolly moulds, and a small sprig of thyme. Pour the elderflower liquid into the moulds, add a lolly stick and freeze overnight.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 205
  • Fat 0.1g
  • Carbs 50.7g
  • Sugars 50.1g
  • Fibre 0.5g
  • Protein 0.1g