How To: Jazz Up Your Ice Cubes

While reading the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living, I came across a “good thing” and that was edible-floral ice cubes.  Martha says to freeze flowers in your ice cube trays to make your ice cubes pretty—good idea!  I began thinking about other ways to prepare ice cubes.

FRUIT. Blueberries, sliced strawberries, maraschino cherries, grapes, raspberries or blackberries—anything that can fit in an individual ice cube compartment—will work.  Naturally these items will float, so fill the tray a quarter of the way and freeze; place your berry, then fill it halfway and freeze; and then fill it to the top, and freeze.  This method can be used with herbs such as mint, to flavor your beverage.

NO MORE DILUTION. Next time you’re doing a punch or signature type drink at a party that everyone will be self- served consider making ice cubes with your drink mix.  That way, you avoid having to babysit the drink station adding more mix to compensate for the melted ice.

MIX AND MATCH FLAVORS. Next time you do sweetened or unsweetened iced tea try adding a shot of fruit flavor with lemon, lime, or any other type of juice.  The flavor merge will be gradual and unexpected.

SODA POPS. If you’re not a fruity kind of person keep the flavor going in your rum and coke, vodka soda, rye and ginger cocktails by freezing these mixers.  This works especially well with your Bloody Mary and Bloody Caesar mixes.

Categories: Food & Drinks