Infuse your next cold drink with fruit ice cubes! Use any combination of your favorite fruits and add a fresh twist to your water, sparkling water or soda, coconut water...or even champagne or wine! Not only will your drink taste refreshing, it will look beautiful, too!
Fruit ice cubes are so ridiculously simple to make, it almost doesn't seem like it's worth writing as a "recipe".
But it's also one of these things where it's so simple that people may not ever think of making them unless it's a recipe!
Perfect for those hot days, these fruit ice cubes not only add a refreshing twist to your drink, but they make any glass or pitcher a sight for the eyes!
What Fruits Do You Use?
The great thing is that you can use whatever fruits you like and the possibilities are vast! Any berry is always a good idea, but so are citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges. Don't forget tropical options like pineapple, mango, and kiwi.
Whatever fruit you choose, I like to use ones that have stronger flavors to really infuse every sip. It's also good to make sure the fruits you use are at their ripest. Make the frozen cubes all with the same fruit or mix them up.
I use a mix of different fruits because I love the combination of colors...but fruit cubes that are all oranges or all strawberries or all kiwi would look amazing, too!
How To Prepare The Fruit
Remember to wash all your fruit, especially citrus fruits if you are going to keep the peels on. Personally, I like including the peel on citrus because they add visual appeal to the cubes.
Cut all your fruit into small pieces, the actual size depending on the size of cubes in your tray. I like to cut the fruit small enough so several pieces fit into each cube hole. Mint leaves are also a nice addition.
I find the cubes also look nicer with several pieces of fruit in them than just one single piece. Press the fruit into each mold so they are gently compacted.
What Liquid Can I Use?
You can keep this simple by using water to make the cubes. But you can also use more flavorful liquids like coconut water or juice.
I would not use any carbonated beverage because the cubes will not retain any of the fizz, so there is no point.
Freezing the Fruit Cubes
Once you've filled your ice cube tray with your desired liquid, it's time to get the tray into the freezer!
Freeze until the cubes are completely frozen, about 6 hours, but overnight is always best.
Twist the ice cube tray to loosen the cubes and prepare to be amazed at how beautiful the fruit ice cubes look!
How To Serve Fruit Ice Cubes
Drop the fruit ice cubes into a glass and add your favorite beverage! They're a welcome addition to water, sparkling water or soda, coconut water, juice...or even champagne!
If you're serving a crowd, add the fruit cubes to a big pitcher of your beverage of choice. Using a glass pitcher where you can see all the colorful ice cubes is a must!
And there you have it! Such an easy recipe that packs a punch with refreshing flavor and beautiful presentation. It's the full package with minimal effort and will definitely take your cold drink to the next level!
Fruit Ice Cubes
Any assortment of your favorite fruits, cut into small pieces:
Your choice of liquid:
- Coconut water
- Clean or rinse your chosen fruit (including any citrus if you are keeping the peel on) and cut into small pieces.
- Arrange fruit pieces into ice cube tray however you'd like, whether using all of one fruit or a combination.
- Add water or preferred liquid to the ice cube tray.
- Freeze until ice cubes are completely frozen, at least 6 hours.
- Serve in individual glasses or a see-through pitcher with cold water, carbonated water, clear soda, champagne, etc.
- If desired, position the cut fruit in the ice cube tray so that flat sides are pressed against the bottom of sides so the cubes look nice.
- For flavored cubes, use coconut water or juice. Juice will also add more color to the cubes.
- Add the fruit ice cubes to individual glasses or a pitcher and fill with fresh water, coconut water, or carbonated water or soda.