Eye-Catching Ice

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Dress up a simple glass of water with beautiful, eye-catching ice cubes. Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers make a stunning presentation.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I like ice. No, that’s not right. I love ice. Even now as I write this, there’s a glass stuffed with ice with a little Diet Coke in it sitting on the desk next to me.

People who know me well, know that I love the stuff and make sure their ice trays are full when I visit (hi Mom … I’ll be there tomorrow!). It’s just my thing.

That’s why I got excited when I saw Cooking Light’s “Wow! You’ve got to try this” page this month. Sure, they have cool stuff on that last page of the magazine a lot of times, but cooking an egg in a squash (Squash Egg-in-the-Hole from the February issue) just doesn’t sound as awesomely cool as these ice cubes do.

The Process

The instructions on page 164 say that in order to have crystal clear ice cubes, it’s important to use filtered water, which I bought at the store. It wasn’t until I went to CookingLight.com that I saw the instructions on how to make filtered water at home by boiling it, that I realized that water might result in clearer cubes than my store-bought filtered water did. How you choose to make it is up to you.

Other than the water, all I needed was an ice cube tray (I have a 9-cube silicone tray) and sliced fruit, berries and herbs.  I mixed and matched everything, but included blueberries, lime, lemon, cucumber, rosemary and thyme. The bottom cube on the right was done to sate my curiosity and has white, black and red slices of grape in it. As you can see, it colored the entire cube.

I froze my cubes overnight and used them this morning.


The Verdict

It was kind of hard not to look silly, grinning ear-to-ear as I pulled these out of the tray. They look so cool. I think they’re an outstanding way to make any guest feel super-special when they drop by the house for a visit. I might even get called Martha Stewart once or twice.

As far as taste, I could definitely taste the lemon and lime as I sipped the water. I’m sure as the ice melts, I’ll get a hint of the mint as well. These cubes are fantastic.

What I’d Do Different Next Time

Not a thing.

The Recipe

Eye-Catching Ice
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
  • Filtered water
  • Berries
  • Sliced fruit and vegetables (lime, lemon, cucumber)
  • Edible flowers
  • Herbs (thyme, oregano, mint, rosemary)
  1. Mix and match berries, citrus, vegetables, flowers and herbs in each ice cube tray.
  2. Carefully pour filtered water in the trays.
  3. Freeze for 4-5 hours before using


As an aside, Sophie, who isn’t a fan of lemon in water, could also taste the lemon and wasn’t thrilled with it, which just proves that the flavor from the cubes does infuse the water well. I also found out that the cubes work fantastically in Diet Coke.


8 thoughts on “Eye-Catching Ice

    • June 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Thanks, Taylor! I was a little disappointed that the cubes still had so many air bubbles trapped in them so I might try boiling the water and letting it cool next time. (Then again, maybe not. ) :)

  • June 29, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Wow ,that looks so refreshing and so appetizing, love the colors too,I will try it over the weekend.

    thank you for sharing

    • June 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I especially liked the lemon, cucumber and mint combination. :)

  • June 27, 2015 at 4:44 am

    This is a beautiful idea…I wish I paid attention to detail like you do. My guests would probably overlook my cooking if I did. :)

  • June 18, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Have fun visiting your folks! We’ll be in Chicago for a wedding this weekend and we’re looking forward to it. Those ice cubes look great, but I’m almost anti-ice, we don’t even own an ice tray :)

    • June 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Thanks, Rebekah. We had a blast up north, especially since the temps there were perfect and it was in the upper 90\’s down here. Anti-ice. That\’s just wrong! :D


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