Flavoured Ice Cubes

I have given these ideas here for flavoured ice cubes, but you can obviously use whatever fruit you have knocking about. These look great loaded up in a glass jug with fresh fruit for an extra quaffable and dramatic effect.

 Equipment One ice-cube tray with 12 holes (each hole in mine holds about 20ml liquid, which is about average) 

When Life Gives You Lemons 

Zest and juice of 3 lemons Divide the lemon juice among the 12 holes in the tray. Put the zest of quarter of a lemon in each ice cube hole. Top with water and freeze until set.

Cool as a Cucumber

 ½ cucumber, peeled if preferred, cut into 6 slices, then cut in quarters 12 small fresh mint sprigs Put two cucumber quarters and a mint sprig into each ice cube hole. Top with water and then freeze until set.

 In the Limelight 

1 lime, cut into 6 slices, then cut in half 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, each sprig cut into 3 Place one piece of lime and a sprig of thyme into each hole in an ice-cube tray. Fill each one with water and freeze until set. 

Hibiscus

 6 hibiscus flowers in syrup, halved (I bought mine online) 4 tbsp syrup from the hibiscus jar Pop a hibiscus flower half into each ice-cube tray hole. Divide the syrup among the holes and then top with water. Freeze until set. 

Earn Your Stripes 

250ml pomegranate juice Pour 2 teaspoons of pomegranate juice into each hole of the ice cube tray (each one should be a third full). Pop into the freezer until just set. Remove and put enough water into the ice-cube tray so that the holes are now two-thirds full and pop it back into the freezer to set. Then, divide the remaining pomegranate juice among the ice cube holes and freeze until set.

 Strawberry 

3 medium-large strawberries, hulled and quartered lengthways Pop a piece of strawberry in each of the 12 ice-cube tray holes. Top with water and freeze until solid.

 Raspberry 

24 small-medium raspberries Sit two raspberries in each of the 12 ice-cube tray holes. Top with water and freeze until solid.

Big love

Lorraine xxx