How to make Flavoured Ice Blocks
We all know the rule that about drinking a sufficient amount of water daily to keep our bodies hydrated and our minds and skin clear. It can become rather tiresome, tedious and dull to drink plain water though, so we’ve come up with a few ways to make your water not only interesting to drink, but hella tasty! Freeze these combo’s and add to a pitcher of fresh water, not only do they taste delicious, but they look bright and colourful too. This is a stylish, yet inexpensive way to provide refreshment when entertaining.
TIP: When making ice blocks, you want them to be as clear as possible so that what you put in them can be seen. To ensure you get clear blocks, boil the water twice. Boiling removes air bubbles from the liquid, and this allows for the water molecules to cling together when freezing and helps produce clearer ice blocks.
Strawberry and Mint
a punnet of strawberries
Start off by boiling the water, allow it to cool and then boil again. Set aside to cool completely (preferably covered). If you are lucky enough to have a kitchen garden, pick your mint fresh, alternatively pick some up from the store. Pick the leaves, de-stem and tear to release the flavour. Set them delicately into your ice cube tray, fill with the cooled water and allow to freeze overnight. Slice the strawberries into slivers, pop the mint ice cubes and the slices of strawberry into a jug, fill with water and enjoy.
Pomegranate and Lavender
freshly picked lavender
Purchase either whole pomegranates and remove the seeds, or fresh pomegranate arils. Find someone you know that has a lavender and pick some from the garden. Break off pieces of the flower into small pieces. Fill an ice tray 1 cm with pomegranate seeds, add a small amount of the lavender pieces. Boil the water, allow it to cool and then boil again. Set aside to cool completely (preferably covered). Once cooled, fill with the ice tray with water and allow to freeze. Serve in a jar or jug with sparkling water. These ice blocks really are showstoppers and will look lovely on the table of any social celebration!
Cucumber and Lemongrass
The ultimate summer refreshment! Start off by boiling the water, allow it to cool and then boil again. Set aside to cool completely (preferably covered). Slice the lemongrass into thin slices widthways and then separate so that you have small and bigger sized rings. Add the rings of lemongrass to your ice block tray. Slice the cucumber, and then then quarter. Add about 5 pieces to each ice block, fill the tray with water and freeze overnight. Add to your water bottle or a jug of fresh or sparkling water for a refreshing and sugar-free drink.
Orange and Vanilla Pod
Start off by boiling the water, allow it to cool and then boil again. Set aside to cool completely (preferably covered). Slice the vanilla pods into 1 cm pieces, and split down the middle, keeping the seeds intact. Peel the orange and slice the fruit into small pieces. Add the sliced vanilla and orange to your ice cube tray, fill with water and allow to freeze over night. Fill your glass with water, and a squeeze a little bit of fresh orange juice into it, add a few of the vanilla and orange ice blocks to finish off. As the ice melts the water will be infused with a wonderfully delicate vanilla flavour. This is a decadent way to enjoy your water!
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