How to make fruit ice cubes that the kids and adults will all like. Add some color and flavor to water, iced tea, or lemonade.
I make a lot of delicious things at my house. It’s the nature of what I do. My kids are unimpressed with my culinary feats 99% of the time. They are so over my cookies and cupcakes that it takes a lot to get them to even pay attention at all. (It’s starting to really hurt my feelings.) I was working on this post and all three of my kids separately walked into the kitchen, saw what I was working on and were blown. away.
Who knew that all I had to do was freeze some fruit in some water and my kids would finally ooh and ahh?
My children loved these fruit cubes so much. Every time they opened the freezer door they would ask if they could have the ice cubes in their water. I should also mention that these kids do not eat fruit at all.
My daughter had a friend over and I put some fruit cubes into a fancy glass with some seltzer and a straw. They felt so grown up and special.
We are just making ice cubes here, so this is not rocket science.
We had guests in town and I had a lot of fruit leftover from their visit. (I love when people that do eat fruit spend time at our house; look how gorgeous these colors are.) I shopped my fridge and had cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, limes, lemons, oranges, basil, and mint leftover. I cut the citrus into small pieces and washed the berries and herbs really well.
When I was making these, I was thinking about what flavors naturally went together and made cubes based on that. I ended up with 5 different combinations. I was also thinking about how I wanted them to look when they were un-molded.
All citrus – lemon, lime, orange
Cherry – I left the stems on so that it would look really pretty in a glass
Lemon and mint – lemon and basil would also be really good. Or lavender.
Triple berry – raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry
Blackberry Lime – my personal favorite in a lemonade – blackberry, lime, and basil
Pour water over the ice cube tray and freeze solid.
You could make these in any kind of mold you like. I’ve done this in small bowls and used them in my beverage canisters to keep the drink cold (lemonade and iced tea is perfect with these) without watering it down. I make a few and float them in the jar and it looks so pretty on a buffet table.
I’ve also made them in silicone baking trays and square ice cube trays. The more fruit there is, the more colorful and pretty.
Simple as that!