Recipes, Drinks & Cocktails

How To: Make 5 Flavored Ice Cubes That Will Change the Way You Look at Ice

Banish the boring ice cubes. Make your summer drinks gorgeous and delicious in a snap with these herb and fruit filled ice cubes! 

I’ve been wanting to play with flavored ice cubes for ages but always put it off as “too fussy." After all our experiments I am happy to report that these are ridiculously easy and so worth it!

We used these large square Tovolo ice cube trays and I absolutely loved them. Because they are silicone they are super simple to pop the ice cubes out of without breaking them. We used Zoku round molds as well to make some in a sphere shape.

Ice Cubes 01

If you want to ensure that you get your fruit or herbs on all sides of the ice cube you can freeze them in two parts. But I found that a single layer was an acceptable solution for most of our needs. 

We did a bunch of research on creating clear ice cubes and ultimately what we discovered was this: making clear ice at home is almost impossible. We used distilled water and tried boiling water and still got bubbles. The problem with making clear ice at home is that home freezers freeze from all sides at the same time. Commercial ice makers freeze from the bottom only and force the air bubbles up and out of the ice. 

There is a way to do it at home that Bon Appetit teaches but you basically just have to hack up the bottom clear ice to get clear chunks which wouldn’t work as well with our pretty ice cubes. So we decided that we live with the bubbles and get excited when some come out clearer than others. 

We decided on 5 different variations: 

Raspberry and Lemon:

Ice Cubes 02

Blackberry and Basil:

Ice Cubes 03

Strawberry and Mint:

Ice Cubes 04

Pomegranate Juice and Rosemary:

Ice Cubes 05

Blueberry with Fresh Lavender:

Ice Cubes 06

Tips: We also tried a few others like lime juice with wedges that we found didn’t work as well. If you use lime juice or lemon juice it is best to dilute them at least 50% with water as they can dramatically flavor your drink with too much lime or lemon. The lime rind also tended to discolor so we decided that sticking with lemons was the best bet. We found that using the whole lemon slices worked the best. 

Ice Cubes 07

Leafy herbs like mint and basil did discolor slightly as well but we loved the flavor so much that we found them acceptable and kept a bit of the fresh herbs to add to the drinks as well. Less fragile herbs like rosemary, thyme and even the lavender held their shape extremely well. 

Ice Cubes 08

Keep in mind that utilizing multiple flavors of ice cubes in say a big pitcher can create some funny flavors so try to pick a flavor profile and stick with it through all your cubes or pair them together with intention.

Ice Cubes 09

Or create a variety of cubes and let people make their own combinations! 

Ice Cubes 10

My personal favorites? The raspberry lemon and the blueberry lavender. 

Ice Cubes 11

So gorgeous and perfect to mix a champagne cocktail together with or just spruce up your summer waters. 

Ice Cubes 12

I can’t wait to hear what combinations you come up with! 

Ice Cubes 13

Happy ice cube making! 

Ice Cubes 14

Featured Products

COMMENTS
Featured Products
Featured Product Oasis Galvanized Steel Party Tray
Oasis Galvanized Steel Party Tray Artland Shop Now
Featured Product Crescendo Beverage
Crescendo Beverage Luigi Bormioli Shop Now
Featured Product Michelangelo Pitcher
Michelangelo Pitcher Luigi Bormioli Shop Now
Featured Product Faux Slate Coasters
Faux Slate Coasters Spectrum Diversified Shop Now
Featured Product King Cube Ice Tray
King Cube Ice Tray Tovolo Shop Now
Featured Product Ice Ball Molds
Ice Ball Molds Zoku Shop Now

Even more Recipes articles for you

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @THEINSPIREDHOME_COM

THE INSPIRED HOME LIST

Get on the list for events, top secret content, and experts.