A scorching Arizona summer screams for ice-cold beverages.
My favorite beverage happens to be water. I enjoy aqua natural (still water) and aqua frizzante (sparkling water). I’m fortunate to have a whole-house water filter to satisfy my seemingly endless thirst.
You might think my beverage of choice is rather boring, but my ice cubes, I assure you are not. Not only do these cubes bring “pretty” to the party, but they also each come with a personality of their own.
Besides the strawberry, kiwi and peach cubes shown here, I also freeze lemon juice and coconut water into cubes.
Flavored fruit cubes can be added to just about any of your favorite beverages. I usually plop a couple of the kiwi and strawberry cubes into a glass of sparkling Pellegrino.
The lemon cubes are a natural for iced tea and lemonade, (keeps the drinks cold without diluting the flavor) and the strawberry hearts say “I love you” when added to a glass of champagne (or orange juice).
Feel free to substitute your favorite fruit, but I’d use the same ratio of fruit, sugar, lemon juice and water.
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries, kiwi or peaches (stemmed, peeled and/or pitted)
- 4 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- In a blender, add the rinsed strawberries, (stems removed) water, sugar and lemon juice. Puree until smooth.
- Pour into ice cube trays (I bought the heart-shape trays on Amazon. I love them because they can also be used for baking and as molds for making chocolates).
- Freeze until firm (about 4 hours).