These DIY Flavoured Ice Cubes are SO fun for summer and will add some flavour to water and cocktails with fruit, jalapenos, herbs and more!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Purified/bottled water – you can also use tap or filter water, but purified or bottled water will keep your ice cubes clear.
- Grapefruit – use pink, yellow or ruby red grapefruit.
- Jalapeno peppers – you can also try using serrano peppers.
- Pineapple – use fresh or frozen pineapple.
- Coconut – fresh coconut will work best but you can also use coconut water.
- Peach – use fresh or frozen peaches.
- Red chili pepper – try cayenne pepper for the same amount of heat.
- Cucumber – seedless cucumbers are best.
- Mint – use fresh mint leaves or a bit of mint extract.
- Lime – cut up some fresh lime wedges or add lime juice to your fruit combination.
- Orange – clementine or lemon would also be yummy.
- Kiwi – make sure the kiwi you’re using is peeled.
- Strawberry – fresh or frozen strawberry is best.
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How to make flavoured ice cubes
- Cut fruit into small pieces.
- Pour water into moulds until halfway filled.
- Add in your flavour combos.
- Freeze for one hour.
- Fill the rest of the moulds to the top and freeze.
- Serve and enjoy!
Fresh Herbs: Mint, basil, sage, rosemary, parsley and cilantro all add a fresh pop of subtle flavour.
Fresh or Frozen Fruit: Either crush up and puree a fruit of your choice (watermelon, raspberries, pineapple etc.), mix with water, lemonade, or some other sort of mild fruit juice, and freeze.
Freeze your Leftover Coffee: Keep your iced coffee from getting watered down by serving it with coffee ice cubes! Add milk to make latte ice cubes.
Edible Flowers: You can pop these gorgeous frozen cubes into just about any drink. Edible flowers are usually a bright purple and available at select grocery stores, and make for a great photo opportunity.
Hot Peppers: Hot peppers might seem like an unusual addition to a drink, but if you're a fan of spice, they can bring a unique flavour to a fruity summer cocktail.
Frequently Asked Questions
You could put pretty much any fruits and spices you want into an ice cube! Just make sure that whatever you’re using flavours that compliment one another, like pineapple and coconut, cucumber and mint, or strawberry and kiwi.
Depending on how cold your freezer is, ice cubes will normally take about three to four hours to freeze. After one hour, you’ll need to fill the rest of the moulds with water, so it might take a bit longer for them to freeze.
You can add some juice to ice cubes, but I find the best way to make flavoured ice cubes is using fruit and spices!
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Storing your ice cubes
These infused ice cubes will last in the freezer for months! Make a bunch of your favourite flavours at a given time and then transfer the ice cubes from the ice tray into a large freezer bag. This is a great way of keeping a ton of ice cubes on hand at once rather than making them as the tray finishes.
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DIY Flavoured Ice Cubes
- 4 cups purified/bottled water
- 1/2 grapefruit
- 1 jalapeño pepper sliced
- 2-3 cubes frozen pineapple
- 3-4 cubes fresh coconut
- 1-2 peach slices
- 1 red chili pepper sliced
- 1/8 cucumber sliced
- 3-4 mint leaves
- 1/2 lime sliced
- 1/4 orange sliced
- 1/2 kiwi peeled and cubed
- 2 frozen strawberries
- Cut fruit into small enough pieces to fit into an ice cube mould.
- Boil purified water in a large saucepan and remove from heat. Pour into ice cube moulds until halfway filled.
- Add the following flavour combos: grapefruit and jalapeño, pineapple and coconut, peach and chili pepper, cucumber and mint, strawberry and kiwi, and lime and orange.
- Freeze for one hour, then fill water in ice cube moulds to the top and freeze for as long as necessary.
- Enjoy in your favourite cocktails!
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