Ice cubes seem pretty straight forward, right? You put water in your ice tray, place in freezer, wait, remove from tray and serve. However, just like timeless vintage pieces, ice cubes now have a unique twist. Adding edible flowers, glitter and herbs can make a drink go from ordinary to “fine as wine”!
Whether you are throwing a soiree, enjoying a nice summer day at home or entertaining your kids, taking the extra time to prepare can make a huge difference!
Tips for the perfect flavored ice cubes
Making unique flavored ice cubes is simple. Here are a few things to keep in mind when prepping.
- Use filtered water: Aside from this making the ice cube “safer” to eat, filtered water also gives a clearer cube. Tap water can sometimes cloud the ice making it difficult to see what is inside of it. If you want your cubes to freeze quickly, use boiled water.
- Don’t keep checking on them: Once you’ve prepared the ice, let it sit for at least 3 hours. Checking it and taking it out of the ice tray will only stall the process and can ruin the creation you are trying to achieve.
- Use coconut milk: If you want to achieve a bright white, coconut milk is your best friend. Regular milk is too watery and almond milk gives a brown tint. For best results, use full fat coconut milk or creamer.
- Tilt your tray: In order to achieve pretty layered cubes (such as the smoothie cube), you’ll need to pour the first layer first and freeze for about an hour. Repeat as necessary.
- Don’t expect things to stay in place: Whether it is a fruit or piece of candy, ingredients can often float and move from their original place. Make sure you place ingredients differently in each cube to achieve a good variety.
- Make sure everything is edible: Remember, these cubes will go into your drinks, so don’t add anything to your ice that you wouldn’t want to eat. You can find edible flowers at a variety of health food stores and you can even make your own glitter you can eat.
Whether for a party or a refreshing day at home, a flavored ice cube will always add that extra sweetness (and style!) to your favorite drinks.
Thanks to our Guest Author: Sherry Chen from Personal Creations