Staying hydrated during warmer months is super important. Perhaps even more important is enjoying what you’re drinking, and what better way to make beverages just a little more exciting than by adding flavored ice cubes?
In addition to being melting, temporary works of art, these simple-to-prepare treats make great additions to your favorite drinks, whether you’re throwing a party or just trying to make iced tea more interesting.
Get creative! You can freeze just about anything edible into cubes. Invest in some quality silicone trays to make popping the cubes out a little less of a workout, or check out the many shapes on the market.
Here are a few of our favorite ideas for thirst-quenching ice cubes.
Brew a batch of your favorite herbal tea like peach, mint or raspberry and allow it cool before pouring into the molds. These are delicious in lemonade or iced tea (and prevent the flavor of your cold drinks from being watered down).
A Southern classic in ice cube form. Stir 4 Tbsp. of agave into 1 ½ cups of warm water to help it dissolve. Once cooled, pour the liquid into ice cube trays and drop 1-2 mint leaves into each cube. These are delicious in plain water, soda water or your favorite minty adult beverage (like an actual Mint Julep).
Remember that delicious, frozen, concentrated raspberry lemonade from your childhood? Recreate it by mixing up a sugar-free lemonade mix (or making your own), then pour into an ice cube tray and add a raspberry to each compartment. If you’re feeling extra inventive, combine lemonade and frozen raspberries in a blender, then freeze this smoothie-like mixture into concentrated cubes of fruit flavor.
Mocha java cubes are pretty much desserts frozen into little boxes. These intensely delicious chocolate-coffee cubes are packed with antioxidants and healthy fats, so you’re basically eating a salad. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup cold brew coffee, 3 Tbsp. crushed dark chocolate, 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder and 1 tsp. coconut sugar. Stir these until smooth, then cool for about 15 minutes before pouring into a mold. Transfer to the freezer and allow them to set overnight.
Perfect for iced coffee, these cubes are super simple to whip up. Combine 1 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup coconut sugar, 1 vanilla bean and 1 tsp. vanilla extract in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze overnight until set.
Nothing ruins iced coffee like melted ice cubes. Prevent premature coffee melt-down with these simple 100% coffee-tastic ice cubes. Instead of pouring it down the drain, use the leftover coffee from your morning ritual to make cubes that will make your mid-afternoon coffee even more delightful.
Tropical and delicious, these are almost too good to put in a drink…you may want to just eat them on their own. Blend together 3 parts coconut milk to 1 part pineapple chunks and pour into ice cube trays. They’re delicious in smoothies or as flavor bombs for your favorite creamy summertime adult beverage.
Skip the red wine—at least in the cubes—and toss together some of the best flavors of summer to enliven water, juice or (yes) sangria. Combine 1 ½ cups unsweetened grape juice and ½ cup orange juice and pour into molds. To each cube, add a piece of pineapple, a berry, a piece of chopped red apple and a piece of sliced peach. Delicious and beautiful!
Simply freeze grapefruit juice into bright, astringent cubes for use in cocktails or as an unusual addition to iced green tea. Grapefruit is also exceptionally hydrating, so while you might not cancel out the alcohol in your grown-up drink, you can make whatever drink you add it to just a little better for you.
Classic and refreshing, combining water, sliced cucumber, basil leaves and a pinch of salt can make a simple glass of water more hydrating and infinitely more interesting. You can blend the ingredients together before freezing or fill an ice cube tray part way before dropping in the greens. Delish.