I love the slower tempo and joy of summer and cool, colorful beverages just add that extra #specialness to the warmth of the season, don't they?
Nothing could be simpler than adding some essential oils, herbs, and fruit to your ice cubes.
Ice cubes are a rather unappreciated bit of history. In the early nineteenth century before there were even ice trays, wealthy people had to purchase ice as a luxury from New England frozen lakes. Frederic Tudor, also known as “The Ice King”, began harvesting ice in 1806. He then popularized ice in the tropics and eventually all over the nation. He advertised ice as a way to keep not only food and medicines cold, but also beverages. This was the start of our love of ice, and over time, technology improved until the modern freezer came about, and with it the possibility of making your own ice. Ice was a cherished "hot" commodity in the 18th century and this history in mind and modern technology, we can change up the flavor and add a pop of color to our next chilly beverage with these herbed-fruity essential oil ice cubes. From the below list of ingredients, select the fruits that are in season and even herbs from your own garden to enjoy the bounty of #summer.
choose a fruit like raspberries, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries and cut into small enough pieces for your ice cube tray/mold
add complimentary herbs like mint, basil, #rosemary, cilantro,
add complimentary essential oils like lemon, #wild orange, lime, grapefruit, peppermint, lavender, basil, rosemary, green mandarin, or tangerine
Cut your chosen fruit into small pieces, and place pieces into a metal or silicon ice cube tray. I've tried silicon molds of spheres and large cubes and they look beautiful!
Add 1–2 drops of essential oils per ice cube slot.
Add water and place into freezer.
Once frozen, add to carbonated water or another beverage for a fun flavor combination.
Flavor combinations to try:
#Raspberry and Lemon
Orange, Lemon, and #Lime
A Lavender and Lemon
Lime and Mint
Grapefruit and Basil
Strawberry and Lemon
Watermelon and Lime
Rosemary, Watermelon, Mint
Here are a few of my own concoctions to inspire you!
Can you say, yes please! A #blueberry, mint, and lemon essential oil ice cubes goes particularly well with the Green Mandarin Spritzer.
Might I suggest adding a raspberry and #mint leaf ice cube to the Citrus Refresher ... yum, yum, yum!
As always, I only recommend using #doTERRA essential oils in your beverages for the high quality, purity, and flavor.
Comment below with your fav summer beverage and let's ease into those hot summer days still ahead with a smile on our face and cool drink in hand.
Until next time, cheers!