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Simply Infused Ice Cubes

Drinks, Summer
on July 30, 2014
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These Simply Infused Ice Cubes kick up the fancy and sexy on ordinary cubes-of-ice to chill your summer beverages down. They’re perfect for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, girls night in, or to make any gathering feel extra special. The concept is simple, add in your favorite herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, juices, etc. and freeze into a cube, circle, or other fun shape!

McKel Hill

McKel Hill

Infused Ice Cube Ingredients Ideas

Fruit (juiced or pureed):

  • Citrus: grapefruit, lemon, Meyer lemon, key lime, lime, blood orange, orange, tangerines
  • Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries
  • Tropical: pear, pomegranate, mango, pineapple, banana, kiwi, starfruit
  • Melons: honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon
  • Other: apples, grapes, plums, peaches, nectarines, lychee

Vegetables: cucumber, carrot juice, beet juice, celery, tomato (good for Bloody Mary’s, if you’re into that sort of thing)

Herbs: mint, sage, rosemary, basil, cilantro, thyme, stevia, lavender

Spices: ginger, cinnamon stick, black pepper, cayenne (goes well with lemon and ginger!)

Other : coconut water, rose hips, matcha tea, coffee/espresso

 

McKel Hill

McKel Hill

What to do

Fruits and vegetables:

  1. When using fruit or vegetables, simply juice, chop, dice, OR puree in a high speed blender (Vitamix).
  2. Pour juice/puree into an ice cube tray. Freeze.
  3. Add the Infused Ice Cubes into your water and enjoy the subtle release of flavors from the ice cubes!

Herbs, spices, and other:

  1. Chop and finely “bruise” the herb leaves. Bruising is simply a breaking down the herb to release the essential oils.
  2. Place chopped herbs/spices into an ice cube tray and cover with filtered water. Freeze.
  3. Add the Infused Ice Cubes into your water and enjoy the subtle release of flavors from the ice cubes!
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

Tips

  • These can be used in normal filtered water or alcoholic drinks for a festive flare.
  • After freezing, you can pop them out of the ice cube molds and simply store in a large freezer Ziploc bag for future use.
  • Serve in a beautiful clear pitcher or clear serving jug of filtered water or other beverage to showcase the Simply Infused Ice Cubes.
  • Serve in a simple mason jar or clear glass.
  • Fill ice cubes with vibrant and colorful ingredients to make drinking water more enjoyable and “fun” for children.
  • HAVE FUN with these. If there is an ingredient in a beverage you already use to make  the drink (non-alcoholic or alcoholic) think of adding it into an ice cube to help chill it down while simultaneously adding the said ingredient.
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

 

McKel HillMcKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a plant-based, whole foods and gluten-free food blog specializing in nourishing recipes and nutrition services. You can keep up with her on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.

This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as Simply Infused Ice Cubes on Nutrition Stripped.

 

 

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