This time of year I usually have a hankering for something cool and refreshing in my glass. If you’re like us, by mid-summer you are waist-deep in backyard BBQs, trips to the lake, beach bathing and heat-wave hiking. Nothing is better than a cool beverage in hand when summer turns up the heat.
This year I figured “why not make it fun?” with some HEART and STAR shaped ice cubes. Afterall, I’m always looking for ways to engage Audrey in food preparation. Then I thought “why not make it funner?” with FRUIT ice cubes?
We started with two toddler arms full of fresh fruit. We chose peaches, raspberries, blueberries, mango and strawberries, mainly because we liked the color combo. Try whatever fruity combination you want. You can’t go wrong!
I minced each fruit into a puree and scooped them into the trays.
Then stuck them in the freezer for about an hour, until they were hard.
Popped them out and…Voila!! A cluster of colorful fruit ice cubes in fun shapes!
They’re kind of nice on their own, aren’t they?
I had some girlfriends coming over for a party, so I added them to a mocktail. This recipe is really just a random combination that I ended up loving. Nothing fancy, just plain and simple.
1 part limeade
1 part pineapple juice
1 part orange juice
3 parts lemon-lime soda (I used Squirt)
Add as many fruit cubes as you like. As the fruit slowly melts, it creates a smoothie!
Garnish with muddled fresh mint leaves
Don’t forget to add a cute straw and citrus slices, because well, they make every summer beverage look better, right?
Aiko & Aiko