Water. We all know we need to drink more, but sometimes it’s just, you know, boring water. There’s a reason nice hotels and resorts have beautiful water displays. They entice you to drink more, it looks nice, and the water simply tastes better. From added oranges or lemon slices to chopped fruit or herbs, there are a lot of things you can do at home — just like those fancy hotels do — to elevate simple water. So, stop paying for all that flavored water and make a better version at home.
And, since it’s summer, make some flavorful ice to add to your water, which makes it even more refreshing. The more the ice melts, the better your water tastes, so keep refilling!
(We’re also covering frozen citrus slices today, so keep scrolling for those ideas.)
With automatic ice dispensers coming standard on many refrigerators or the popular addition of icemakers to upgrade a kitchen, many people don’t have the plastic ice cube containers anymore. I highly suggest that you get some. Buy several. You’ll want them to keep making this flavorful ice, but it’s also a great solution to freeze pesto, herbed butter, extra juice and so many other tasty things.
With ice cube containers on hand, all you really need is some inspiration. The two inspirations we’re providing today are 1) strawberry + basil, and 2) blueberry + mint.
And, if you are keen on making big fruit salads, sometimes there is fruit left over. Plop them in these containers, add your water or juice, and voila — you’ll look forward to your next glass of water more than ever.
SB TIP: The secret to pretty ice cubes is to make sure the herbs are seen on the top and the bottom, and that any sliced fruit faces the outside of the soon-to-be ice cube, thus showcasing it best once frozen.
You can also use watermelon juice, lemonade or any other kind of juice to sub for the water when making these ice cubes.
How About a Cocktail?
What if you want to use this same ice technique, but for a cocktail? Great idea!
Last but not least, here are some ideas to just add to a pitcher of water, even at the last minute. It will make your dinner table look that much nicer, and the water tastes that much sweeter:
Don’t Forget the Fruit Slices
Now, consider slicing up a bevy of citrus fruit and keeping that handy for summer cocktails or to add to a glass of plain or sparkling water. They are easy to make and oh-so-pretty.
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