During the summer I have two main goals for myself: to stay hydrated and eat as cleanly as possible. At times it can be a challenge (I mean, hot dogs on the grill and fresh ice cream are just too tempting for me), but thankfully I came up with a creative way to focus on both of my goals with one…cube. That’s right, cube. I make ice cubes with ingredients fresh from my garden (and the farmer’s market) to spice up whatever I am drinking. Here are some of my favorite herb infused ice cube combinations:
Lime and Thyme
The great thing about these cubes is that they look so elegant but they are so simple and easy to create. Simply cut up a small slice or chunk of fruit (or veggie) and snip a small leaf or two from the plants in your herb garden. Place the ingredients in an ice cream mold, add water, and freeze. You can get more creative by using those large spheres to make a massive chunk of ice in a rocks cocktail glass…or even use whimsical ice molds for your kids’ drinks. The main point is that you use your creativity to get everyone to stay hydrated during these extremely hot and humid summer months in Chicago.
Serve in your favorite drink—whether it is iced tea, lemonade, a grown up vodka tonic, or even just plain old H20. I promise you it will be a refreshing change to help you stay hydrated all year round, but especially during the dog days of summer.
Looking for other drink recipes? Check out my popular mocktails post.
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