There’s something about the crackling sound of ice that offers a cool oasis on a hot summer day. One of our favorite ways to melt the heat is ice cubes infused with seasonal flavors. Perfect for fruits, herbs, flowers and more, flavored ice cubes are a pretty and flavorful way to elevate any summer drink.
It’s really easy to make flavored ice cubes. All you need is an ice tray, filtered water and your fresh ingredients. Our favorite mold is a flexible mold made from food-grade silicone. The ice easily pops out into an almost perfect square and clean up is a snap. If you don’t have one, you can use a regular ice tray, a muffin tin, or even a small cake pan.
Simply slice your fruit and bruise your herbs a bit to release their essence before placing them into your ice tray. If you’re going for a multi-ingredient blend in a single cube, try muddling them before adding water to extract some color from the juice and to release the flavors.
Fill your cube tray with your ingredients and top with filtered or spring water. Put your ice cube tray on a baking sheet and stick in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
Once the cubes are frozen, remove them from the tray and serve immediately.
Infused ice cubes are perfect not only for a slow release of flavor into your water as the ice melts. Using herbal and fruit infused iced cubes to ice brew your tea, Kouridashi-style, will also layer flavorful notes into your iced tea.
Tea Tip: If you’re planning to sit by the pool for awhile, keep your drink cool and preserve the decorative aspect of the ice cube, use a double wall glass bottle. An insulated bottle will significantly slow down the melting of the ice cubes leaving you with a longer lasting display of beautiful flowers, herbs and fruits.
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