DIY Easy Flavored Ice Cubes

By: Carolyn Malcoun

I love enjoying an ice-cold beverage on my deck in the summer. But I hate when the ice meant to keep my drink cold melts and waters it down instead. Flavored ice cubes to the rescue!
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The “it” bartenders of the world got the memo and have for years been making ice cubes with neat ingredients to chill down their well-crafted libations. As these creative ice cubes melt, another layer of flavor gets added to your drink. Genius!
I’ve already been freezing leftover coffee and tea in ice cube trays to cool down my favorite nonalcoholic summer beverages. But now I’m pushing the envelope a bit further. Flavored ice cubes can jazz up everything from a cocktail to iced tea or coffee. I’m even jumping on the infused-water bandwagon, but instead of putting berries, cucumbers or herbs in my glass, I’m dropping in a fun flavored ice cube.
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Flavored ice cubes look impressive yet they’re deceptively easy to make. Here’s how:
  1. Place your add-ins in an ice cube tray. Try herbs like thyme, tarragon, basil and mint, whole blueberries and raspberries, strawberry slices and edible flowers (small flowers look great or tear off a few petals).
  2. Top off the ice cube tray with some liquid to cover. It can be as simple as water or try juices like cranberry, grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime, coconut milk (we found that full-fat worked better than “lite”), and summer favorites like lemonade and limeade. Just don’t try anything alcoholic, as it won’t freeze.
  3. Then freeze until solid. That’s it, you’re done.
You can pop the cubes out of the tray and store them in a sealable bag until you’re ready to use them, so you can use the tray for a batch of, you know, just plain ice.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few combos to try:
• Thyme + grapefruit juice ice cubes in a vodka tonic
• Marigold petals + coconut milk ice cubes in iced black tea
• Blueberries + water ice cubes in lemonade
• Raspberries + cranberry juice ice cubes in sparkling water