These Fruit Infused Ice Cubes are one of the tricks I use to make sure I get enough water throughout the day.
We all KNOW we're supposed to drink more water…right? The benefits of water to your body are many; help with weight loss, improve regularity, improve skin complexion, flush toxins, hydrate joints and muscles and more.
I try REALLY HARD to get as much water as I know I need; whenever I get in my car I fill up my water bottle and I've set a reminder on my phone to go off a couple of times day saying nothing more than ‘water'.
And I really do prefer water over soda or any other sweetened drink, so it's what I typically order in a restaurant.
BUT, all that being said…sometimes water is just so…water-y. Not that there's anything wrong with that; but sometimes I just need a little something tastier.
Enter these lovely little fruit infused ice cubes.
They came about when I had a bunch of watermelon that needed to be used up. So I tossed the watermelon into my Vitamix with a squeeze of lime juice and whirred it until it was completely smooth. I used 2 cups of watermelon/lime puree for my 15 cubes…about 3-4 cups of watermelon cubes.
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Then it was just a matter of pouring them into my silicon ice cube trays.
Let me right off the bat tell you how much I use these trays…I have 4 of them, 2 for savory items like my vegetable or chicken bouillon, masala curry or basil cubes and 2 for sweet items like my Ginger Lemon Cubes or these fruit infused ice cubes. They are basically the same color, so to prevent garlic-scented watermelon cubes, I do have them labelled ‘savory' or ‘sweet' on the back with my trusty and faithful sharpie.
I partially froze the watermelon cubes and then tucked a little quarter of lime in…by waiting until they were partially frozen the lime didn't sink to the bottom.
So, these little cubes are perfect in ‘plain-old, plain-old water' (as my daughter used to say), in ‘bubbly' water or in your vodka and soda (and yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as Watermelon Vodka…just saying).
I just use my glass containers to store them in the freezer.
Leaving well enough alone is not one of my character traits…I'm more the ‘if watermelon/lime cubes are good…then cucumber/mint cubes will be great' kind of gal. And, since my cucumber plants are being quite bounteous at the moment…
Is it just me, or did your temperature just drop 10° simply by viewing these cool lovelies?
One cucumber, peel and all, dropped in the Vitamix and pureed yielded 6 cubes. I sliced some mint and mixed it in after the cucumber came out of the blender…next time I think I'll puree it with the cucumber. I don't mind the ‘leafy'ness' of the cubes, but some might prefer less ‘leafy'.
Once again, use these fruit infused ice cubes in any number of ways…and yes…there is also a Cucumber Vodka…which really sounds good to me. (As a total aside, I had a Cucumber Margarita recently which was perfect in so many ways)
And once I was on this fruit infused ice cube roll (can you roll a fruit cube?…hmmm?…) I just couldn't stop!
Next up…blueberry cubes with lavender. This combination is sublime, but if you are turned off by the thought of lavender leaves floating in your drink, you could brew some lavender tea. The leaves don't bother me; just don't chop them up…leave them as larger pieces so you can remove them if you chose.
I just added blueberries to my trays then topped them with water and the lavender leaves…once again, I do like the idea of brewing lavender tea, letting it chill and using that instead of the water…next time.
When I'm having one of my self-imposed ‘wine-free' nights, sipping seltzer from a wine glass helps trick my brain that I'm having something else. And dropping any of these cubes into my seltzer-filled wine glass will really pull the wool over my brain's eyes…or something like that.
Yup, right in the midst of my photoshoot…a Peep photobomb!!
So there you have it my friends, one of my little tricks to make sure I'm drinking enough water and enjoying it while drinking it.
I'm also looking for more flavor combinations, do you infuse your waters with fruits or herbs? I'd love to hear some of your favorite combinations.
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