Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fancy Cubes

Today's post will involve a simple trick to make everyday beverages a little more glamorous!

I thought of this while eating lunch yesterday; I wanted something to spruce up my glass of ice cold Pellegrino.  Although this beverage is delicious and refreshing on its own, I wanted a little something extra.

So I decided to make fun, tasty, and fancy ice cubes!

They're super quick and easy to make, all you need is:
One lemon half
Six leaves of lemon balm
One silicone ice cube tray, similar to this one.

(Luckily my boyfriend is a whiskey drinker, so we already had one in the freezer). 

I decided to use lemon balm in the ice cubes because I bought a lemon balm plant from a local farmers market a few weeks ago.  Lemon balm is a perennial herb in the mint family and has a moderate lemon scent.  

To make the ice cubes you should start by cutting the lemon half into thirds, removing the seeds.  Then cut the wedges once more so they look like this:

Make sure you lightly rinse the lemon balm leaves to remove any dirt. 

Then place the pieces of lemon and lemon balm in the ice cube tray and fill with water.

After the tray is full, place it in the freezer for up to five hours.  I allowed the ice cubes plenty of time to freeze and left them overnight to ensure they'd be frozen solid in the morning. 

Place an ice cube in a glass and serve over chilled Pellegrino, Sprite, or lemonade.  Sip and Enjoy!

The next time I make these fancy cubes, I think I'm going to try strawberry and basil or raspberry and mint.  

What ingredients would you use to make fancy ice cubes?

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