Some culinary pursuits are serious. Others are just fun. Fruity ice cubes? They're fun. They jazz up an ordinary drink and, in some cases, impart a little extra flavor easily. And since they are frozen, you can make them a few days in advance and have them fresh as new when you are ready to whip 'em out.
Here's how to make fruity ice cubes:
Step 1: Partial Fill
Start by filling your ice cube tray(s) about 1/4 full with water. Stick the tray on a flat surface in the freezer and freeze 30 minutes.
Step 2: Fruit it Up!
You'll need small bits of fruit to fit into the ice cube tray cups. Choose something colorful such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or bits of lemon or lime.
Step 3: Fill it Fast
Have the fruit ready to go, and pull the ice cube tray(s) from the freezer. Drop a piece of fruit into each one. Then, fill to the top with chilled water. Return to the freezer and freeze until solid.
Use these cubes to liven up water, iced tea or whatever drinks you are serving. Sure, you could just toss fruit in ... but isn't this more fun?
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.